Now, I know it’s not November quite yet but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for a little sweet-tart cranberry goodness on your plate. “Spicy” isn’t exactly the first thing that comes to mind when you think “cranberry” but after trying these grilled (yes, grilled) meatballs you’ll understand why items like jalapeno jelly make some people go crazy. Chicken, pepper jack cheese and jalapenos are combined with a hefty handful of dried cranberries to create a balance of flavors wrapped up perfectly into poppable meatballs.
1 lb ground chicken
1/2 cup pepper jack cheese
1/3 cup dried cranberries
3 jalapenos, seeded and finely diced
1/2 cup Panko bread crumbs
1 bottle BBQ sauce
1/4 cup cranberry juice
Preheat your grill to 350º F. Mix BBQ sauce and cranberry juice together in a medium sized bowl and set aside.
Combine all remaining ingredients in a bowl until well incorporated.
Roll into 1 1/2″ balls and place on the grill. Cover and cook for 2 minutes. Flip meatballs and grill an additional 1 minute.
Add 1 cup of water to the pot, cover, and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove the lid and let cook until all liquid evaporates, approximately 5 more minutes.
Check for doneness toss with BBQ sauce and enjoy!
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