ROMANCE ala Year on the Grill

Ladies, you will think I am kidding… But I am as serious as could be. First, let me tell you about “romantic”. Romantic has NOTHING to do with what you think is romantic. Being romantic has to do with what your partner thinks is romantic. The whole hearts, flowers, teddy bears and candlelit dinners is what you (or possibly Madison Avenue) think is romantic. We get it, Valentine’s Day is your special day, and you have expectations. Flowers at a minimum and diamonds as a goal.

For guys, we are wired a bit different.

But the good news for you ladies is that the Superbowl is coming up in just 10 days. For many guys, that is our special day. You get a chance to establish your love and devotion to your personal knuckle dragging neanderthal by doing something he thinks is romantic prior to Valentines Day. There is nothing you could do (foodwise) that would be more likely to get you that diamond pendant on YOUR special day than making something uniquely romantic (to guys) for OUR special day.

So, I am going to deviate from my normal I CAN COOK THAT posting. Instead, I want to post a… YOU CAN COOK THAT recipe for the single most romantic menu item you can make for that man of yours and his special day…


Moink Balls are legendary among BBQ aficionados. So legendary that they have their own listing on WikQUEpedia! Click on that link to learn the history and suggested options for making the Moink. Originated on the BBQ GRAIL website, and adored Internationally, it is the perfect appetizer.

Now, Technically, Moink Balls need to be grilled or smoked. I understand that most of you do not cook outdoors, and that is a shame. So, I will show you the many that I grilled in the snow and cold. But also, I have an easy way to make them in the oven…

Here we go…

Mise en Place the ingredients

1 pound of bacon (cut in half)
1 bag of frozen all beef meatballs
BBQ sauce
toothpicks or skewers

Now ladies, you read right, the man who makes his own puff pastry is telling you to go out and buy a bag of meatballs. They come precooked, all you have to do is heat and serve.

MOINK Balls are made by taking a 1/2 ounce beef meatball, wrapped in 1/2 strip of bacon secured with a toothpick. The bacon wrapped meatball is then seasoned with a rub of your choice and smoked low and slow for about 90 minutes or until the bacon just gets crisp. The decision to sauce or glaze the MOINK Balls is up to the chef. The original MOINK Ball was served with a Raspberry Balsamic Glaze.

It is best if you grill them.

Even in the cold.

Even in the snow.

Authenticity counts.

Man up ladies and start the grill, your diamond pendant is at stake here. Slap on a coat and hat and be happy in your work.

But just in case you prefer not to grill, I have an option for baking in a standard oven (my apologies to the International MOINK Ball Appreciation Society).

Set your oven at 350 degrees.

Add a bit of sauce and bake away. It should take about 30 minutes for em to cook.

Everyone LOVES Moink Balls

Make em for the big game… Your men folk will be grateful, and …


Come take a look at my site today. I will have plenty to post about all the different Cajun food options you might consider ONCE YOU AGREE TO MAKE MOINK BALLS… See you all next Thursday!

Dave here from MY YEAR ON THE GRILL.


MOINK! balls are everyone’s favorite on the BBQ Brethren forum. Larry is a great blogger and contributor on the forum.

You did good by sticking to the frozen meatball. Using anything else isn’t considered a MOINK! If you make the world’s best fresh meatball, you won’t get your MOINK! certification.


Looks yummy as always Dave!

My special day is Superbowl over Valentines any day! Skip the flowers too – good eats and cold beer make me a happy woman, even if I’m the one doing the cooking! 🙂


Ha ha ha….for me everything begins to get romantic end jan to begining march….a little more romantic than the rest of the months….
else its come fall in love ….everyday….
Ofcourse that does include teddys and flowers and heart shaped chocolates…..


Seeing you out in the snow with a coat on at the grill confirmed you in my mind as the most die-hard griller of all time. BRRR!
Those moink balls would be a huge hit with the men in my family.


“most of you do not cook outdoors, and that is a shame” SO TRUE. We love grilling, no matter the weather.

Now I see why it was your first instinct to wrap Brussels sprouts in meat and bacon…

~3 Sides of Crazy~

I have known for years that the old adage of the way to a man’s heart is through his stomach is soooooooooooooooooooo true and when hubby saw your recipe here for Moink balls it went straight to the top of his list for Superbowl Sunday request list. Now will it get me diamonds is the big question?