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Paleo Meatballs for a crowd

Ground Beef, Ground Pork and Bacon Meatballs.  I made these for the tugboat crew so it was a big batch.  I used 5LB. of ground-beef and 1 LB. of ground pork and 8 slices of thick cut bacon!  If doing a small batch I think it would be safe to use a mix of 1LB. ground beef to 1LB ground pork to get a more even flavor!


  • 5LBS Ground Beef
  • 1 LB Ground Pork
  • 8-10 Slices thick cut bacon
  • 1 Bell Pepper
  • 1 Onion
  • 3 Carrots
  • 1/2 cup Ground Flax seed meal
  • 4 Eggs
  • chili powder, salt, pepper, ground mustard, cayenne all to taste


  • Cut bacon into small pieces and cook until brown in skillet
  • set bacon aside and save grease
  • dice bell pepper, onion and carrot and sautee until softened
  • mix together all ingredients and form into same size balls ( I used a 1/2 cup measuring cup to make same size)
  • take reserved bacon grease and coat bottom of baking sheet or pan
  • place shaped meatballs onto pan
  • bake @350 20-25 mins

I cooked up some home made tomato sauce and a spaghetti squash for dinner.  If you just want to make a bunch of meatballs they are great for leftovers or snacks throughout the day!  The combo of pork, beef, and bacon is amazing, it is such a simple recipe but delicious!



12 comments on “Paleo Meatballs for a crowd

  1. Katrina R
    November 9, 2013

    Mmmm…the perfect meat trifecta: beef, pork and bacon! Sounds like a recipe for Albondigas ( aka Mexican Meatballs)

    2 parts ground beef to 1 part ground pork to 1/2 part partially rendered bacon rolled into walnut sized balls of meaty goodness and then cooked in a broth of tomato, onion and adobo-ed chipotle peppers ala La Costeña…

    • WWJME
      November 9, 2013

      That sounds amazing!!!

  2. I’ll have to try your spice blend, sounds good! I don’t feed a crowd too often these days but I still do big batches like this once a month. I usually add grated parm to mine since I still do dairy. I either make balls or patties and freeze them for quick meals all month. I use the cheap fold over baggies to individually wrap them them then put them into ziplock freezer bags. That way I can take out however many I need each time.

  3. D @ The Kosher Cave Girl
    November 9, 2013

    It might just be the angle/picture, but those look like some monster-sized meatballs. Can’t wait to try the recipe!

  4. rachelaugh
    November 9, 2013

    Drool….looks like I know what I’m making this week for dinner!

  5. LFFL
    November 13, 2013

    Oh, I just love meatballs. And these are SO in your face! Good job.

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  8. Amy
    February 16, 2014

    How many eggs would you use if you are just doing the smaller batch of 1lb each of them meats ? Thanks !

  9. Amy
    February 18, 2014

    Thank you so much !! cant wait to make these !

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