Rosemary smoked meatballs, now we’re talking hearty – like the lion in Wizard of Oz after he gets his roar back. This girl ain’t going hungry. I work hard and play hard. Then I come home and hand-make all of my food. I am damn well going to enjoy it.

Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs over pasta. Yeah, not low fat. and I don't care a bit.

Now that’s a savory rosemary smoked meatballs!

There’s a lot of talk on the world wide webs lately for portion sizes. Smaller, healthier plates, tiny portions, get skinny tricks and fast track plans to your resolutions. Welp, this Girl Carnivore isn’t buying it. I am not saying that anything more than one cheeseburger should be considered a single serving. But a few rosemary smoked meatballs? Now that’s a meal!

Because like I said… This girl ain’t going hungry.

I work hard and play hard. Then I come home and hand-make all of my food. I am damn well going to enjoy it. No, this is not a skinny meal.

And no, every meal from the GC kitchen isn’t slathered in a rosemary cheese sauce or piled high with smoked meatballs. I do practice moderation from time to time (a personal resolution of mine is even to mix up our meals a bit more in this house).

Two bowls of decadently cheesy pasta topped with three meatballs each. This is good eating!

But I won’t be guilted into the foodie fitness fad. I don’t eat that way, and I don’t think a lot of you do either.

Yes, we should all use common sense about what we eat. Veggies and fruit are important. Nothing I write here is going to drive that further home.

Not binging on carbs all day every day and wondering why those slim fast shakes aren’t working is just silly. A healthy amount of exercise, heck on some days, any exercise, it’s all important for the balance of things.

Great meatball recipes

The heart and soul of great meatballs typically is not based on one type of meat. No, to really get the most out of your meatballs, a mix of meats works best. That is why I favor the mix of Italian sausage and ground beef.

Truth be told, you could mix other types of meats if you want, even chicken and pork for example. But if you really want a big savory and hearty meatball, go with the beef and savory and a bit spicy Italian sausage.

Work hard, play harder for meals like smoked rosemary meatballs

But tonight after the blood sweat and tears I put out today (lies, it was cold, I stayed inside wrapped in comfy sweaters and avoided the icy roads even though I really wanted to go to the rock gym), these smoked rosemary meatballs are pretty important. And the pile of creamy mac and cheese they are piled atop of.

If you’ve earned it, chow down and enjoy.

Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs | Kita Roberts

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Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs

5 from 1 vote
Prep: 4 hrs 15 mins
Cook: 1 hr 15 mins
Servings: 4
Rosemary-Smoked Meatballs | Kita Roberts
Rosemary smoked meatballs pack serious savory and smoky flavors into a very bold flavored meatball, also enhanced by using spiced Italian sausage

Recommended Equipment

  • mixing bowl
  • smoker grill


  • 8 rosemary fresh sprigs
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs Seasoned or plain
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese grated
  • 1/4 cup parsley fresh snipped
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/4 tsp ground pepper
  • 1 lbs ground beef Lean works well
  • 12 oz Italian sausage spicy or mild according to taste
  • 4 cups water
  • 8 cloves garlic unpeeled, crushed

for the Rosemary Mac and Cheese

  • 6 oz pasta
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 cups milk
  • 1 rosemary stalk plus1 tbs chopped rosemary
  • 1/2 cups Velveeta cheese diced
  • 4 oz creamy chevre
  • 2 oz Parmesan cheese grated
  • 2 oz fontina cheese grated


  • Combine the rosemary sprigs in a bowl with just enough water to cover. Let sit for 2 hours.
  • Combine the egg, bread crumbs, Parmesan cheese, parsley, milk, Italian seasoning, salt, and pepper min a large bowl.
  • With your hands, stir in the ground beef and sausage. Mix well to combine. Shape into 16 meatballs.
  • Cover and chill for at least 2 hours.
  • When ready to cook, toss the rosemary sprigs with wood chunks in your smoker and preheat. Add water to a drip pan with the crushed garlic according to manufacturers directions.
  • Cook meatballs for 1 and a half hours or until internal temperature reaches 160 degrees F.
  • Meanwhile, boil the pasta and drain in salted water for al dente noodles per the instructions on the box.
  • Heat the milk in a large sauce pan with the rosemary stalk over medium heat. Add the Velveeta and stir gently to melt.
  • Remove the rosemary after 7 to 10 minutes, when the Velveeta is melted through. Stir in the remaining chevre, Parmesan, and fontina until melted.
  • Add the chopped rosemary and allow to thicken 5 to 8 minutes over a low simmer. Season with pepper and pour over prepared pasta. Toss to coat.
  • Serve rosemary-smoked meatballs over creamy rosemary mac and cheese for extra umph!


Meatballs :: BHG Special Interest Magazine Grilling 2013
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Italian
Author: Kita Roberts
Keyword: meatball

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  1. Oh this looks SO good! I can’t have dairy but I bet this would be just as great with a rich dairy-free pasta sauce. Yum!

  2. You know when you are craving something and you don’t know what the hell it is and you eat and eat but nothing “hits” the spot????

    THIS IS WHAT I HAVE BEEN CRAVING!!! :: drools ::

  3. My motto: all in moderation. That being said, I’ll make sure to moderate my plate and fill it full of this delicious dish. Smoked meatballs, please find your way to me stat! Great recipe, Kita.

  4. Kita! First, these look fantastic. Second, I am totally in love with your writing style. Pretty sure I’ve been stalking your blog for an hour now. (Not to be creepy or anything!) Anyway… That’s all 🙂

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