Alright I admit it.  I am in love with sausage cheese balls as a snack.  Whenever they are around the house they last about 2 days before I consume most of the 40 or so that they make.

Being bored last weekend because of the rain I decided I had waited long enough and I broke out all the fixins for a delightful afternoon of gorging myself.  As I stared out the window preparing myself for the task at hand, I saw old faithful down below the deck looking just as bored as I was.  Not being one to leave someone out if they are willing to participate I grabbed the charcoal, chimney starter and some hickory and went to work firing up my old smoker friend.  Knowing this was to be a quick smoke at higher than normal temperatures I really piled up the charcoal in the chimney and got it lit.

While the charcoal was starting I went to the kitchen and began to prepare to make the suasage balls.  I grabbed 2 pounds of sausage, 2 blocks of sharp cheddar cheese, 3 cups of Bisquick, and some hot bbq sauce.  Now the sauce I used was from the legendary Lexington BBQ 1 in Lexington NC.  My fabulous mother brought some down on her visit and it was just what the doctor ordered.  Vinegar based and spicy. 

Once I had everything put into the mixing bowl it was time to get the charcoal in the smoker.  I piled it to let it get up to temp (325 - 350).  I went back to work in the kitchen mixing all the ingredients and forming approximately 1" balls.  When finished I went to the smoker, made sure it was up to temp, added some wood for the smoke and placed the sausage balls at the end of the smoker.  Cook them for 15 - 30 minutes depending on how hot the smoker stays.  When done place them on a tray to cool and brush with a little more bbq or hot sauce.  Now I will warn not to try this at a lower temp as I did the first time.  Cooked them at about 250 degrees and they would not setup.  By the time they were done (1 hour +) they were too smokey and tasted like I was licking a burt log.  Not that that stopped my from eating them, but the second go round was much better.  Remember, bread based products need higher heat.

Anyway that is all there is to it.  If you get bored one weekend just look for something to smoke and go to it.  The worst thing that can happen is you killed some time, but got to know your smoker a little bit better.

Happy smoking.



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