Smoked Meatballs with Spaghetti

Kevin and I have agreed to disagree on this dish.  Maybe you should make it and decide who you agree with. We’d really like to know your thoughts!

Table of Contents

How was the taste?

Patti:  Weird.  Not right.  Smoke and red pasta sauce does not go together well.  I couldn’t eat any of it, and I love pasta.We actually made this dish when we had company over, and it was the first time, in a very, very long time that I was embarrassed by the food.  I really wanted to order pizza.   Luckily they were friends of ours who know that we make strange and unusual things sometimes.  And they brought salad.  A LOT of salad.  So we survived.

Meatballs 2

Kevin: Delicious! Loved what the smokiness brought to the dish. I love spaghetti and I especially love spaghetti and meatballs. This instantly became a new favorite for me.


Meatballs 3

 Would you make this dish again?

Patti: If I were to make this again, which I may, I would serve it as an appetizer – maybe make a jalepeno cheese dip, so it’s more like a burger with cheese. That’s where these flavors belong. I know where they don’t belong- they don’t belong with red pasta.

Kevin:  Yes! I think it makes the perfect side dish to a BBQ Meal. Something different and fun. We had Otis Walker on the BBQ Radio show awhile back and he makes a delicious homemade bbq spaghetti – and sells the heck out of it at his restaurant. I would put this dish on par with his any day of the week and twice on Sunday.

Meatballs 1


In conclusion….

Patti:  Make these, have your red sauce on the side so you can TRY it together and comment on this post, but if you want to actually enjoy them, keep the sauce separate.  Maybe get some mozzarella sticks for the sauce.  Have a fun appetizer party that way!

Kevin: Make this as a deliciously tasty side dish to a bbq meal in the fall. It’s warm and comforting – and smokey. It could pair well with any bbq main dish, in my opinion.

Smoked Meatballs with Spaghetti

Smoking the meatballs really changes the taste of the spaghetti!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Calories 391 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1/2 chopped onion
  • 3 garlic cloves crushed
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/2 cup parmesan cheese
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 pound of spaghetti noodles cooked.
  • Sauce:
  • 32 ounce can of crushed tomatoes
  • 6 ounces tomato paste
  • 2 tbn fresh parsley
  • 1 tbn fresh basil
  • 1 tbn sugar
  • 1 tbn worchestershire sauce


  • For the meatballs:
  • Mix the meat and ingredients together in a big bowl. Roll into 1 inch diameter meatballs.
  • Smoke at 250 for 30 - 45 minutes, or until the internal temperature of the meatballs are 180.
  • For the sauce:
  • Combine all ingredients. I made this on the stove - the smoke flavor from the meatball DEFINITELY transferred to the sauce.
  • Serve over noodles.
Keyword Smoked Meatballs and Spaghetti

2 thoughts on “Smoked Meatballs with Spaghetti

  1. I’m going to make this and Ellbeize it and have you all over for dinner.
    What do you say we make it a date and settle this dispute?
    Saturday night sound good?
    Bond-fire to follow….

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Recipe Rating