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A BBQ Joint Is Putting Tons Of Creative Twists On The Meatball Sub


To call this sandwich just a “meatball sub” would be an understatement. There’s so much different going on inside, from the meatballs to the sauce, that it takes your brain through more twists than a M. Night Shyamalan movie.

You can find this unique Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ, a joint dedicated to smoked meats in Placentia, CA. It contains all of the components of your standard meatball sub: meatballs, tomato, sauce, and mozzarella. However, each ingredient gets an insane spin on its head to make the sandwich a whole new eating experience.

For starters, the meatballs aren’t made with ground beef, but instead contain both smoked brisket and SPAM®️ Classic for a combined smoky, savory flavor. Crispy mozzarella sticks top the sandwich in lieu of melting cheese over it. The “marinara” sauce uses tomatillos as a base, adding an acidic tang to the sandwich. And for those looking for a hit of tomato, it gets tossed with cilantro and served up as a garnish to the meaty marvel.

Each tweak of the sandwich’s ingredients creates an overall flavor that’s a far cry from the standard meatball sub. Meat Up’s version is a unique balance of freshness, smokiness, and heartiness that you have to taste to fully comprehend.

You can order the Smoked SPAM®️ Meatball Sandwich at Meat Up BBQ for the entire month of August as part of SPAM®️ Restaurant Month.


Created in partnership with SPAM®️.

By Constantine Spyrou

Constantine's life revolves around eating, studying, and talking about food. He's obsessed with eggs, gyros, and the future of food.