Barbecue Bacon Cheddar Meatball Sub with Fire-Steamed Onions


  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 teaspoons granulated garlic
  • 1 cup cooked bacon crumbles
  • 4 ounces cheddar cheese, cut into 16 cubes
  • 1 large yellow onion, sliced
  • 4 premade foil packets
  • 4 hoagie rolls
  • Barbecue sauce


  1. Combine the ground beef, pepper, salt, garlic, and bacon crumbles in a bowl. Mix well.
  2. Form the mixture into 16 meatballs, approximately 1 inch in diameter.
  3. Push a cheese cube into the center of each meatball and close the beef around it until the cheese is completely hidden.
  4. Divide meatballs and yellow onion slices evenly between 4 pre-made foil packets.
  5. Seal and close the packets.
  6. Place the foil packets into the coals of the campfire. Cook each of the packets for a total of 18 minutes, turning the packets frequently.
  7. Serve the meatballs topped with the cooked onions and your favorite barbecue sauce on hoagie rolls. Serves 4.