Cooking with Fire Episode 33: Meatballs and Marinara Sauce

Pitmaster Josh Cary and Chef Tom Jackson talk about the history of the American, not Italian, classic Spaghetti, and Meatballs, and Chef Tom cooks up some from scratch Italian meatballs with marinara sauce.

Meatballs and Marinara Sauce


For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup parmesan, finely grated
  • 1 egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp Cattleman’s Grill Italiano Seasoning

For the marinara:

  • 1 (28 oz) can San Marzano tomatoes
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 T fresh basil, minced
  • 1 1/2 T sugar
  • 1 1/2 t salt


Preheat your Yoder Smokers YS640 pellet grill to 375ºF, set up for indirect grilling.

To prepare the meatballs, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parmesan, egg, garlic and Cattleman’s Grill Italiano Seasoning in a mixing bowl. Mix well by hand, working quickly so as not to warm the mixture, until all ingredients are well incorporated. Roll the mixture into roughly one ounce meatballs. Cook until the internal temperature reaches 160ºF, about 20 minutes.

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While the meatballs cook, combine all ingredients for the marinara sauce in a saucepan. Bring to a simmer and cook to desired consistency, breaking up the tomatoes with a wooden spoon, as the sauce cooks.

Transfer the meatballs to the saucepan with the marinara sauce. Serve hot over spaghetti.

Meatballs and Marinara Recipe

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