Passion for Pork

Recipe: Diva Q’s Grilled Roasted Red pepper Pork Meatball Skewers

Sharman - Wednesday, June 25, 2014

IMG_3047During Porkapalooza the Danielle Bennett Dimovski, A.K.A. Diva Q – the host of the hit TV show BBQ Crawl, shared some culinary secrets on how to make a great base for pork meatballs, patties, and meatloaf.

IMG_3022This recipe incorporates roasted red pepper spread, a trick Danielle picked up from her mother-in law, a flavourful sauce which can be found in most grocery stores. It also calls for baking soda – a secret weapon for giving your meatballs a tender and airy texture.

Danielle makes real food for real people: this versatile meatball recipe can be served up on toothpicks as an appetizer or in a sub bun for a meatball sandwich and can be cooked up quickly on metal or wood skewers. Form into patties and top with additional roasted red pepper spread for a hearty burger, or throw in a loaf pan for a simple pork meatloaf.


Grilled Roasted Red pepper Pork Meatball Skewers
Recipe courtesy of Diva Q, Danielle Bennett Dimovski

Prep Time: 20 minutes + 10 Minutes fridge time
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 32 meatballs approximately


16 Metal Skewers
4 lbs ground pork
1 cups Italian seasoned bread crumbs
IMG_3046½ cup ajvar (roasted red pepper spread)
1 medium onion finely minced
1 egg
2 tablespoons finely minced garlic
2 tablespoons baking soda
1 tablespoons dried parsley
1 tablespoons kosher salt
1/2 tablespoons finely ground black pepper
1/2 tablespoons paprika


Glaze: 1 ½ cups BBQ Sauce



1. In a large bowl, combine all of the ingredients. Mix very well.

2. Using an ice cream scoop – scoop portions of the meat mixture onto a cookie sheet.

3. Chill in fridge for 10 minutes or overnight until firm.

4. Thread 3-4 meatballs on two metal skewers for an entrée serving or 1-2 on small skewers for appetizers.

5. Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Lightly oil the grill.

6. Grill each side for 4-5 minutes turning often or until the internal temperature is 160F.

7. Glaze in the last minute with BBQ sauce.

These freeze extremely well once grilled.



This ground pork mixture is great as a meatloaf. Just form into a loaf pan and bake at 350F until the internal temperature reaches 160F. Serve with BBQ sauce.