Smoked Meatball Sub

Do you love a classic meatball sub but imagine how much BETTER it would be if you smoked the meatballs. They’re 100% delicious, made with fresh ingredients, and bursting with tons of smoky flavor.

So who could resist gooey cheese, meatballs, marinara sauce, and soft bread? These subs take the classic to a whole new level

If you’re craving flavorful meatballs smoked to perfection, these homemade Meatball Subs are for you! Perfect for game day, a weekend smoker session or meal prepping for the week of KILLER sandwiches.

Why You’ll Love My Smoked Meatball Subs

This smoky meatball sandwich is perfect of any group or for any occasion!

Whether it be game day or a birthday party, these aren’t just basic soggy meatball subs you’d get at a fast food joint. This interesting recipe will surely give you delicious, fresh, melty, gooey burst of flavor with each bite!

What You’ll Need To Make A Smoked Meatball Sub

  • Pork Mince
  • Beef Mince
  • Bread Crumbs
  • Minced Garlic
  • Bbq Rub
  • Egg
  • Hoagie Rolls
  • Marinara Sauce
  • Mozzarella Cheese
  • Oregano
  • Parmesan Cheese

How to Make a Smoked Meatball Sub

Step 1: Make The Meatballs

First, add your bread crumbs, minced garlic, BBQ rub, and egg to a large mixing bowl. Mix together until the consistency of wet sand, then let set for 5 minute

Then add the ground pork and ground beef and mix thoroughly. You may add another egg if the meatballs are too dry, and more bread crumbs if too wet. Next, form the ground meat into 3-4 oz meatballs.

Place all the meatballs into the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Preheat your smoker for indirect cooking at medium-low heat of about 300°F.

Step 2: Smoke The Meatballs

Add your meatballs to the smoker until they cook to a temperature of 165°F (about 30-45 minutes).

Place the meatballs into a skillet and cover with 3/4 of the marinara sauce once they are done. Place back on the smoker to cook for another 15 minutes. When done, pull off and keep warm.

Remove them from the smoker when they reach an internal meat temperature of 165°F.

Add sliced mozzarella slices on top of your meatballs. Then put the skillet under a broiler to melt the cheese until browned. Then, place back on the smoker to cook for another 15 minutes.

Step 3: Assemble And Serve!

Slice each sub roll open, and then add your meatballs and spoon on some marinara sauce. Garnish with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

Finally, top your meatball sandwiches with shredded mozzarella cheese.

Broil until the cheese melts and the rolls are golden brown.

Pair the sub with some onion rings French fries or a bold red Italian wine and serve!

What Temperature to Cook The Meatballs At

The meatballs should be cooked at a medium-low heat of about 300°F.

Make sure you allow enough time for your smoker to come to 300°F before you place them on the grill.

What Internal Temperature Do The Meatballs Need To Reach

The meatballs are done when they reach an internal temperature of 165°F.

After a few minutes of adding your meatballs to the smoker, begin checking the meatballs for doneness. You can use an internal probe thermometer to check the temp.

How Long To Cook The Meatballs For

The meatballs should take 30-45 minutes to reach a safe internal temperature of 165°F.

Once the meatballs are done, you will have to place them into a skillet or foil and cover them with marinara sauce. Then, place back on the smoker to cook for another 15 minutes.

All in all, preparing the meatballs should take 45 minutes – 1 hour.

Assembling The Smoked Meatball Sub 

Slice each sub roll open, then add your meatballs with some marinara sauce.

Then, garnish with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

Finally, top your meatball sandwiches with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese melts and the rolls turn golden brown.

Then, garnish with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.

Finally, top your meatball sandwiches with shredded mozzarella cheese or torn mozzarella and broil until the cheese melts and the rolls are golden brown.

What To Serve With Smoked Meatball Sub 

Side dishes that pair well with the smoked meatball sub are;

Smoked Bacon Mac and Cheese

Smoked Onion Bombs

Air Fryer Sweet Potato Fries

Garlic French Fries With Parmesan

Need more ideas? Here is more sides you can you serve with your meatballs.

For wine pairing, its best to choose one that has bold enough flavors to stand up to the smoky meat. The best option is to stick with Italian reds, which are a go-to with meatballs and marinara sauce, like Barbera, Chianti, Nero d’Avola, and Nebbiolo to name a few.

How To Store Leftover Meatball Subs 

Store leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-4 days.

The meatballs will also freeze really well, so you can portion out individual servings of meatballs and store them in the freezer for up to 2 months.

How To Reheat Leftovers 

For refrigerated meatballs, turn the oven to 300F. Then pop the meatballs into the oven on a baking sheet for 15 minutes.

Let frozen meatballs thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, reheat using the instructions above.

Best Wood Chips For Smoking Meatballs 

Hickory wood is recommended for smoking meatballs. This wood tends to provide a deep smoky flavor that compliments all of the other ingredients for some of the most flavorful meatballs you will ever have!

Looking for More Sandwich Recipes?

There is nothing like a good sandwich, here are some of my favorties

Smoked Bahn Mi

Egg Salad Sandwich

Smoky Grilled Cheese

Cuban Sandwich

Smashed Meatball Sandwich

Smoked Meatball Subs

Tips For Making The Best Smoked Meatball Sub

  • Sprinkle some red pepper flakes on top of the melted mozzarella cheese for an added kick of spice!
  • Experiment with flavours and make a homemade marinara sauce instead of using a store-bought jar!
  • The key to juicy meatballs is not to overcook them. Make sure you’re monitoring the internal temperature and switching off the smoker when they’re done.
  • Swap out the shredded mozzarella for fresh mozzarella, either slice it up or shred it yourself.

Smoked Meatball Sub

Charlie
Want to make the most EPIC meatball sub? Then you have to try smoking your meatball first. Then we grill then in a cast iron pan with marinade and top with mozzarella to melt! Then we create this sub with all the usual toppings.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Assemble Time 15 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 15 minutes
Course Appetizer, lunch, Main Course
Cuisine American, Barbecue, bbq, dinner, grill
Servings 4 serves
Calories 502 kcal

Ingredients
  

Meatball

  • 1 lbs beef mince
  • 1 lbs pork mince
  • ½ cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tbsp minced garlic
  • 2 tbsp BBQ rub
  • 1 egg

Sub:

  • Hoagie rolls
  • 3 cups marinara sauce
  • ½ cup sliced mozzarella cheese
  • 1 tbsp oregano
  • 1 tbsp parmesan cheese

Instructions
 

Step 1: Make The Meatballs

  • First, add your bread crumbs, minced garlic, BBQ rub, and egg to a large mixing bowl.Mix together until the consistency of wet sand, then let set for 5 minute
  • Then add the ground pork and ground beef and mix thoroughly. Add another egg if the meatballs are too dry and more bread crumbs if too wet. Next, form the ground meat into 3-4 oz meatballs.
  • Place all the meatballs into the fridge to set for 30 minutes. Preheat your smoker for indirect cooking at medium-low heat (about 300F).

Step 2: Smoke The Meatballs

  • Add your meatballs to the smoker to cook until 165F (about 30-45 minutes). Once the meatballs are done, place them into a skillet or foil and cover with marinara sauce.
  • Place back on the smoker to cook for another 15 minutes until warmed. When done, pull off and keep warm.
  • Remove them from the smoker when they reach an internal meat temperature of 165°F. 
  • Once the meatballs are done, place them into a skillet and cover them with 3/4 of the marinara sauce.Add sliced mozzarella slices on top of your meatballs. Then put the skillet under a broiler to melt the cheese until browned.
  • Then, place back on the smoker to cook for another 15 minutes until warmed.

Step 3: Assemble And Serve!

  • Slice each sub roll open, and then add your meatballs and spoon on some marinara sauce. Garnish with Italian seasoning and parmesan cheese.
  • Finally, top your meatball sandwiches with shredded mozzarella cheese and broil until the cheese melts and the rolls are golden brown.
  • Pair the sub with some onion rings French fries or a bold red Italian wine and serve!
Keyword smoked meat balls, smoked meatball sub

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I have been meat-smoking and grilling for the past 15 years. I have an array of different smokers, thermometers, and have a love for finding the right wood and charcoal combo My favourite recipes are my EXTRA CRISPY smoked pork belly, juicy pulled pork, smoked brisket, duck poppers, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill).

I loves sharing his tips with beginners, helping them navigate the world of smoking. I find it’s not just about cooking; it’s a quest for that perfect smoky flavor.

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling recipes with you!

You can read more about me on our About Us page.

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