Recipe For Meatball Subs On A Primo Grill

Finished Meatball Sub This recipe was done on a Primo grill, but it has also been created many times on my Big Green Egg (BGE).  This recipe was modified from a recipe from Throwdown with Bobby Flay, where he competed against the owner of Maroni Cuisine.

This recipe calls for meatballs on Ciabatta bread, but the meatballs and sauce goes just as well over spaghetti.

Meatballs Ingredients:

  • 1 pounds ground beef
  • 8 tbs dried bread crumbs
  • 4 large eggs
  • 4 ounces milk
  • 12 tbs Romano cheese
  • 6 tbs Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 4 cloves fresh garlic
  • 4 tbs Italian parsley leaves
  • 4 tbs basil leaves

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 12 tbs olive oil
  • 12 cloves garlic, finely sliced
  • 1 large Spanish onion, finely diced
  • 2 (28-oz) crushed tomatoes
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 large handful julienned fresh basil leaves

In a medium saucepan over medium heat, add oil. Once heated add the finely sliced garlic and onions to the pan. Cook over medium heat until soft and slightly brown. Next add the canned crushed tomatoes, salt and pepper and stir. Allow the sauce to come to a simmer and cook for 20 minutes. Remove from the heat and add the julienned basil.

Mix the ingredients and form into meatballs about the size of golf balls.  I have found making the meatball a little smaller makes them cook more evenly.   Place on cookie sheet sprayed with olive oil.


Setup your Primo for indirect cooking at 350.


This setup shows a pizza stone over half the Primo.

Primo Setup 2

This shows the second pizza stone placed over the fire.  Place the meatballs on the Primo for 35 min, turning the baking sheet at the half-way point to ensure even cooking.

Cooked Meatballs on Primo

This is the finished product.  Remove from heat and set aside.

In a Dutch oven heat the olive oil over medium heat.  Place the onions and garlic in the oil and cook until it begins to brown.

Garlic and Onions in Pan

Add tomatoes, salt and pepper, and stir.  Move back to Primo.

Sauce back on Primo

Cook uncovered for 20 min.

Sauce on Primo Meatballs on Side

Put the meatballs in the sauce and cook uncovered for an additional 5 min.

Meatballs in Sauce on Primo

Remove from Primo and put in the handful of chopped basil.

Basil on Sauce

Cut the Ciabatta rolls and spray with olive oil, place on Primo for 4 min.

Ciabatta Bread

Ciabatta on Primo

Put 2 meatballs on the Ciabatta, cut in half, add some sauce and serve.

Finished Meatball Sub

Hope you enjoy.

yojoe out

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