BBQ Turkey Meatballs with Bacon and a Pepper Jelly Glaze

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatballs

These bacon wrapped turkey meatballs are another reason that every serious grilling fanatic needs a meat grinder.

BBQ Turkey Meatballs Wrapped in Bacon

Let me show you how to make them!

I started with two large turkey meatballs thighs with a combined weight of about 3.5 pounds.

Raw Turkey Thighs

Go ahead and take the bone out and then cut the meat and skin into strips.

Deboned Turkey ThighsDiscard the bones and chill the meat and skin in the freezer for 15-30 minutes.

You want the meat nice and cold for easy grinding.

After the turkey meat has chilled run it through your meat grinder; I use the grinder attachment on my KitchenAid mixer.

Turkey in Meat Grinder

After the turkey has been ground combine it with the rest of the meatball ingredients and stir until well mixed.

Mixture for Meatballs

Turkey Meatballs Ingredients

  • 3 pounds ground turkey thighs (with skin)
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs.
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper

After the ingredients are well mixed form your turkey meatballs.  I like to go for something a little larger than a golf ball.

I got about a dozen meatballs from the two turkey thighs.

Turkey Meatballs ready for bacon

Each meatball was wrapped in half a slice of thin cut bacon secured with a toothpick.

Meatball with bacon on grill

The bacon wrapped meatballs were then cooked on a kettle set up for indirect heat (275F) for about 30 minutes.

Grilling Meatballs

After 30 minutes the meatballs hit an internal temperature of 165F and I brushed them with the Secret Weapon….

Tabasco Pepper Jelly that had been melted in the microwave!

Tabasco Pepper Jelly

This gives the meatballs a beautiful shine along with a delicious dose of “Sweet Heat”.

Meatball brushed with Melted Jelly

I gave the meatballs about another 5 minutes on the grill for the glaze to set and then tore into them pretty hard!

Finished Turkey Meatball

These were absolutely worth the little bit of extra work that comes from grinding your own meat.

Beats the heck out of those frozen, store bought, mystery meat meatballs.

Now get out there and grill something!

BBQ Bacon Wrapped Turkey Meatballs

BBQ Turkey Meatballs {Bacon Wrapped and Glazed!}

Turkey thighs are freshly ground to make the best bbq turkey meatballs ever!
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 375 kcal


  • 3 lbs Ground Turkey Thighs skin on
  • 1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs 3 pounds ground turkey thighs (with skin)1/2 cup Italian seasoned bread crumbs.1 large egg1 tablespoon Dijon mustard1 tablespoon hot sauce1 teaspoon salt1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 1 tbsp Louisiana hot sauce
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 6 strips bacon
  • 1/2 cup pepper jelly


  • Mix the ground turkey with the bread crumbs, eggs, mustard, hot sauce, salt and pepper.
  • Form the meat mixture into meatballs about the size of a golf ball.
  • Cut the bacon strips in half.
  • Wrap each meatball with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  • Smoke the meatballs at 275F for 30 minutes.
  • Melt the pepper jelly in a microwave.
  • Brush each meatball with the melted pepper jelly.
  • Continue smoking until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165F.


These bbq turkey meatballs are a great appetizer that bring an amazing amount of flavor to the party. 
You can use pre-ground turkey if you don't feel like grinding your own but make sure the meat is 85:15.  You cannot make a decent meatball with ultra lean ground turkey.
Keyword BBQ Turkey Meatballs