Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatball Kebabs

There are no words to describe these kebabs, my friends.

If I was forced to put words on them, it would have to be something like: “crazy-insane-stupid-will-have-you-do-the-wackiest-things-just-to-get-your-hands-on-one” good.

And unfortunately, the pictures do not even BEGIN to do them justice.

In fact, what they really need is a picture so perfect, so big, so unbelievable, it would make you stop dead in your tracks, drop your chin right to the floor and run to the nearest kitchen to make them.

Kind of like those HUGE pictures you see on the side of delivery trucks, sometimes.

Or on billboards along highways.

THAT BIG AND PERFECT AND MOUTH WATERING.

Yeah. That is what these babies deserve.

Unfortunately, this is all your getting. A bit tiny, I’m afraid.

Maybe if you tried zooming in?

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

To make matters worse, I had the hardest time taking those pictures that night. Especially the ones AFTER the kebabs were cooked.

I was just soooo hungry and they smelled and looked soooooo good… Needless to say I didn’t have much patience for pics.

Plus, I had company that night, so it sort of threw me off a little.

I had to speed things up, you see?

So the pictures aren’t billboard material, sorry.

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

But the kebabs… Oh. My. Lord.

They are impress your husband, wife, friends, kids, extended family members, heck, impress the entire neighborhood material!

They FAR exceeded my expectations! They are one of the most amazing things I’ve eaten in my entire life.

My friend and I just couldn’t stop oohing and aahing the whole time we were eating.

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

It’s all in the flavor combination, really. The pork, the raisins, the spice blend, THE BACON!

Oh! And the apples, guys. How could I forget the apples! Grilled apples with a bit of a smokey bacon flavor are simply to die for.

Each and every ingredient in this completes the next absolutely flawlessly… like they’re in perfect communion, perfect balance.

SPECTACULAR!

At least, that’s what my friend and I thought. So hey, it wasn’t just me!

I wish I could find better words to explain it, but like I said, there are none.

Guess you’re gonna have to try them for yourselves!

It’s okay. You can thank me after!

Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatball Kebabs

Yield: Makes 6 kebabs

NF is based on 1 kebab

Bacon Wrapped Apple Pork Meatball Kebabs

INGREDIENTS

  • 450g pastured ground pork
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • ½ red cooking apple, finely chopped
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp chai spice
  • ¼ cup fresh parsley, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup fresh mint, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup raisins
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • ¼ cup coconut flour
  • 9 slices pastured bacon, cut in half
  • 1 red cooking apple, peel on, cored and cut into 8 wedges
  • 6 wooden or metal kebab skewers

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. If using wooden skewers, put them in cold water to soak for at least 30 minutes prior to using them.
  2. Place all the ingredients except for bacon and apple wedges in a large mixing bowl and knead well with your hands until uniformly blended. Form the meat mixture into 18 medium sized meatballs.
  3. Wrap half a bacon slice around each meatball, making sure that it wraps completely around the meatballs and even overlaps a little bit. If necessary, don’t hesitate to reshape your meatballs and make them slightly oval.
  4. Cut each apple wedge in half crosswise.
  5. Thread 3 meatballs and 2 pieces of apple per skewer, alternating between meat and fruit. When threading the meatballs, make sure that you insert the skewer right through that spot where the bacon overlaps. This will prevent the bacon from coming undone on the grill.
  6. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat.
  7. Place the kabobs on the grill and cook until the meatballs are cooked through and the bacon is nice and crispy, about 3-4 minutes per side.
  8. Serve immediately with loads of fresh veggies.
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Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Meatballs wrapped in bacon. 

You could almost stop right there! 

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Thread meatballs onto skewers, alternating with pieces of apples. 

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Throw kebabs on the grill.

Try not to drool all over the deck!

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Plate ‘em up! 

Serve with loads of fresh veggies. 

Bacon Wrapped Meatball Kebabs | by Sonia! The Healthy Foodie

Think if you got real close you could smell this?

Don’t I wish… 

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Comments

  1. says

    These look amazing. You had me at bacon..lol. People always look at me weird when I snap picture of food. My family however don’t even blink an eye?

    • says

      Haha! Welcome to the club! I take pictures of practically everything I eat, especially now that I have committed to posting a picture of each and every one of my meals on IG for the entire duration of my Whole30. My coworkers really throw the strangest looks at me, but I think they’re sort of getting used to it, now…

  2. says

    Everything is better for a little bacon… :-)

    I am wondering what it might be like if you wrapped the apple in bacon and left the meatballs nekkid….

    • says

      Hmmm… me says that’s not enough bacon!!! Plus, the bacon around the meatballs really helps protect them and insure they don’t attach to the grill. They also play a role in keeping them moist and gives them a yummy, smokey, bacony flavor, too! So I say… put bacon on everything! Apples AND meatballs, why not? ;)

  3. Sarah W says

    Question here. Where do I get the Chai spice? Living in a very small town an hour away form shopping has its drawbacks. Thanks so much.

    • says

      Haha, I so hear you, Sarah. When all else fails, make your own! At least, that’s what I do… ;)

      Here’s the mix that I use:
      2 tbsp ground cinnamon
      2 tbsp ground cardamom
      2 tsp ground ginger
      2 tsp ground five spice
      1 large nutmeg, grated
      1 tsp ground clove
      2 tsp ground coriander
      1 tsp ground black pepper
      1 tsp vanilla powder

  4. says

    It’s so nice to be able to come here and always be inspired for another meal. Especially now I sometimes still need a little push to think outside of the grain and dairy box so you’re always a huge help and these kebabs sound simply perfect for the current hot BBQ weather!

    • says

      Ooops… make sure you don’t look at my next recipe, alright? ;)

      Just focus on the kebabs!

      Joking aside, you’ll very soon get the hang of it. After a while, anything “grain” sort of becomes sort of alien looking, like it doesn’t belong in a plate…

  5. Manon Ruel says

    You had me at bacon….gotta try this recipe ! Happy to have found your blog through Manger Paléo’s fb page.

    D’une french québécoise paléo,

    Manon :)

  6. says

    All I have to say is … Wow! Sonia, these kabobs look and sound amazing! I have never had grilled apples before and totally think the combination of the apple, bacon, and pork would be AMAZING! Pinning this now! Thanks for a great recipe!

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