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Vietnamese meatballs

Vietnamese Meatballs

After going out for a lunch at Bun! (Antwerp) I got inspired to do more oriental recipes! These Vietnamese Meatballs are a starter but I promise more will appear later on! It's a rather new kitchen to me so I'm happy to experiment with some new awesome flavors! Expect fresh flavorful food with a smokey twist! The delicious stir fried noodle salad I used as a side will follow soon!

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4
Author BBQ Bastard


  • 700 gr minced meat
  • 3 tbsp thai fish sauce
  • 1.5 stalks lemongrass
  • 30 gr caster sugar
  • 2 spring onions
  • 1 tbsp finely chopped fresh mint
  • 2 tbsp finely chopped fresh coriander
  • 1 tsp corn flour
  • pepper at taste
  • 1 chunk apple wood


Preparing the Vietnamese Meatballs

  1. Start by making some minced meat by following these instructions! Don't use the spices mentioned over there! We'll add them here.

  2. While you are mincing the meat. Add 3 tbsp. vietnamese fish sauce to a saucepan together with 30 gr. caster sugar and 1.5 stalks finely chopped lemongrass! Boil untill all fragrants release and the caster sugar has dissolved. Set aside to cool down.

  3. Cut the rest of the herbs and spring onions thinly and add them to the minced meat with 1 tsp. corn flour and pepper at taste. 

  4. Add the cooled sauce to the minced meat.

  5. Form meatballs from about 125 - 150 gr. and put aside for 2 hrs. This will make the balls firmer and easier to handle on the grill.

Smoking the meatballs

  1. Start a fire for indirect cooking at medium heat 150°C/300°F. 

  2. Toss a chunk of apple wood in the fire and wait until the smoke turns blue.

  3. Smoke your meatballs until they reach an internal temperature of 72°C/160°F.

  4. Raise the temperature of your BBQ for direct cooking at about 200-250°C / 400-480°F.

  5. Finish your Vietnamese Meatballs by grilling them on high heat untill they are nicely browned on the outside! About 2-3 minutes aside. Don't let them in too long or they will dry out! 

Serve with a delicious stir fry noodle salad!