Ghost Pepper Fireballs

These Ghost Pepper Fireballs are just the best thing to impress with at your next bbq event. Who am I kidding? Take any excuse you can muster up and just make these, event or not! They are just the best thing ever. Let me tell you what you’re looking at here: spiced chilli meatballs, stuffed with cheese, wrapped in a layer of onion, then wrapped in bacon and basted with chilli jam. I mean, come on! Make these now. You can thank me later 😉

Ghost Pepper Fireballs (makes 6-8 lemon sized fireballs)


250g beef mince

250g pork mince

1/3 cup of your favourite bbq sauce

1 tsp Ghost Pepper flakes

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

1 tsp paprika

1 tsp onion granules

1 tsp salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

1 egg

3 big onions

6-8 1cm squared blocks of cheese

1 large pack of streaky smoked bacon

1 jar chilli jam


  1. Take all the ingredients except the onions, cheese and the bacon and mix them together in a bowl. (Use gloves! That Ghost Pepper is powerful stuff!)
  2. Flatten out a handful of the mince mix in your hand, insert a block of cheese in the middle and wrap the cheese with the mince into a round ball about the size of a small lemon.
  3. Repeat until you have used all the mince and cheese and have 6-8 stuffed meatballs.
  4. Peel the onions and slice them vertically halfway in order to carefully remove the first 3 layers so that they retain their round onion shape.
  5. Insert your stuffed meatballs into the onion layers (1 meatball per onion layer).
  6. Wrap the onion in the streaky bacon (1 vertically and 1 horizontally). Secure with a toothpick.
  7. Put the fireballs in a pre-heated oven at 180 degrees celsius for 30 minutes. (Or, if you’re confident, cook on indirect heat straight on the bbq!)
  8. Remove the fireballs from the oven and baste them all over with the chilli jam.
  9. Put them under a hot grill, turning regularly, until all the bacon is nice and crispy.
  10. Serve while hot and enjoy!

Hope that you enjoy this dish. Please feel free to leave any questions or comments. 😊

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