Sunday, March 23, 2014

Buffalo Chicken Meatballs, Pizza, and a Party

The college basketball tournament has unquestionably earned its nickname so far this year with all of the upsets and overtime games, hasn't it? Another slew of games is lined up today and I have just the ticket for some game day eats - buffalo chicken meatballs. 

First, with their spherical shape and orange buffalo sauce, the even look like mini-basketballs.  Second, the Buffalo chicken flavor profile is long associated with the big games.  Third, these fantastic treats can be used in a variety of ways - from snacking on them individually, making them into sliders, or using them to create a hearty sub. 

These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs are my first contribution as a member of the Char-Broil All-Stars team and you can see the entire post here at Charbroil Live: It's A Slam Dunk!  Buffalo Chicken Meatballs.  

Pizza on The Grill
Kamado grills (Big Green Egg, Primo, Kamado Joe, etc) are well known for cooking spectacular pizzas.  The trendy pizza places like Brixx Wood Fired Pizza and Hard Knox Pizzeria are all using high temp wood fired ovens to get a unique crust.  A kamado grill can easily replicate the brick oven pizza because it's basically a small brick oven.  

I know that 95% of you don't have a kamado grill on your back deck.  But one of the emails that hit my inbox touted a new product that converts most 3 burner or larger gas grills into a gourmet pizza oven - the Bakerstone Pizza Oven Box.  I haven't tried it but it seems like a very interesting idea.
Photo Credit:  BakerStone

Here's the blurb from the email:

BakerStone’s patent-pending design raises the temperature of outdoor gas grills to that of a real wood-fired brick oven, reaching temperatures of 600-800° F.  By fusing a remarkable cooking chamber made of refractory stone surrounded by a unique air flow system to utilize convective, conductive and radiant heat, BakerStone’s Pizza Oven Box achieves unparalleled baking and cooking performance. The BakerStone Pizza Oven Box bakes not only pizza, but is also great for baking breads and cookies, as well as roasting meat, fish and vegetables. 

They should roll out this month at Bed, Bath, and Beyond and Do It Best stores in the US.  In Canada they are available at London Drugs and Home Hardware.  They appear to run about $149 at Bed, Bath, and Beyond which is probably a reasonable cost if you will use it often, especially if you already have $400-500 invested in your gas grill.
I've also seen "pizza kits" for standard kettle grills, too.

Photo Credit:  Amazon
The most frequently referenced one is the KettlePizza Basic Kit for 18.5-Inch and 22.5-Inch Kettle Grills.  I think Weber has introduced their own insert and were rolling it out in the UK but maybe I was dreaming that because now I can't seem to find a link for that one. 

If anyone out there has any of these or has tried using one, I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Blogger Party
We are happy to announce that the 5th rendition of our annual blogger party will be held at Almost Heaven South on either June 7 or 8.  We still have the final date and theme to work out but wanted to tell you the possible dates in hopes you would pencil it in on your calendar.  We would appreciate if you would mention it on your blogs as well so more people will be aware of the event.  

Everyone has been so busy we haven't even met to nail down the details but that should come out very shortly.  It's been a fun event for the past 4 years and we'd love to add a few new bloggers.


  1. We'll be there and I've also mentioned it on my blog. Can't wait, it's always a fun event.

  2. Look up Kettle Pizza on Serious Eats for a nice review.

  3. Those meatballs and that sub looks delicious! I'm very intrigued about grilling pizza. Can't say I've tried one of those, but I wish I had one!

  4. The buffalo meatball subs look and sound fantastic - my husband would really dig them!

    So wish I lived closer (or was super rich) so I could make it to your blogger get together. Maybe someday....

  5. Where's the closest airport. Not that I can go, but it would be fun to go through the motions pretending it might happen. GREG

  6. Ooohhh.. those chicken meatballs look and sound delicious.. perfect for any tailgating party really :)
    I had told Chris I wanted to go to the blogger party this year.. but wouldn't you know it... we'll now have a 2 month old at that point and there's just no way I can get there yet again ... totally bummed!!!

  7. The meatballs sound delicious Chris and I would have enjoyed them along with the game yesterday.

  8. Go Gators! You have some great food for watching college basketball.

  9. From what I've heard, the games have been crazy unpredictable this year! Gotta keep it interesting somehow. Like by adding buffalo sauce to ALL THE THINGS. that always sounds good to me!

  10. Love the recipe - will make for the mister, if he's eating he can't be screaming at the TV/refs/coaches, right? Great info on the pizza grill stuff - I would love one of those things - but which one?!? Off to look for the Kettle Pizza Grill - thanks for the tip!

  11. I'm a little skeptical on the pizza ovens but, I always keep an open mind so I'll look forward to future recipes :) On another note, I just found out what's for dinner tonight..those meatball subs look amazing!

  12. I've been glued to March Madness and the games have been great. Except for the fact of my beloved Kansas teams upsets. :/ Great looking sandwich and wish I had a pizza grill! Dear Santa.....

  13. Those grilled buffalo chicken meatballs looks very delicious on the hotdog bun with cheese. I think mustard on top would also be perfect.


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