Memorial Day is fast approaching, which means it’s about time to dust off and fire up our grills. As friends and family gather to celebrate this important day, it’s important to lock in a dynamite recipe that can feed a crowd in no time.
One dish that’s sure to turn heads and satisfy the masses is this Double XXL BBQ Chicken Meatball Sub. We took the classic meatball sub, added a barbecue spin with our favorite Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, and then multiplied it by 1000 to create this MASSIVE sandwich.
With cheese smothering both the inside and outside of these loaded chicken meatballs, the pulls you can get on this sandwich easily rival that of any slice of ‘za. It’s complete with all of the flavors associated with barbecue chicken pizza, including caramelized onions, cilantro, and plenty of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce.
You can make plenty of these meatballs in advance and chuck them on the grill when the party begins. Simply slather them with Stubb’s, construct the subs, and watch your guests’ eyes pop as they experience the symphony of the flavors inside.
Here’s the deets on how to make this epic BBQ Chicken Meatball Sub.
Prep Time: 15 Minutes
Estimated Cook Time: 1 hour, 10 minutes
Rest Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour, 30 minutes
For the meatballs
4 lbs ground chicken
1 lbs pepper jack cheese
2 large eggs, beaten
2 cups bread crumbs
1 cup Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce
salt and pepper
For the toppings
1/2 lb mozzarella cheese slices
1 bunch of cilantro
1 large loaf of bread
2 large onions, thinly sliced
1 tablespoon olive oil
Servings: 1-2 huge subs!
Heat olive oil in a pan over medium heat. Then add sliced onions. Let cook on low for 20-30 minutes or until caramelized.
While onions are cooking, combine ground chicken, egg, Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, bread crumbs, and salt & pepper in a large bowl. Mix thoroughly with hands until all ingredients are fully incorporated.
Take pepper jack cheese and cut into small 1/2″ cubes. Set aside.
Using ice cream scoop, scoop meet onto a sheet tray. Next, take your cubed cheese and place in the center of each piece of seasoned ground chicken. After you’ve placed all pieces of cheese in each scoop, roll meatballs into a circle with your hands until the cheese is completely covered.
Place meatballs on grill and brush with Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce. Continue to rotate and cook meatballs through. While the meatballs are grilling, chop cilantro for garnish.
Place buns on grill and lightly toast. Before plating meatballs, give them one last coating of Stubb’s Original Bar-B-Q sauce, then add to the bun.
Place caramelized onions and mozzarella cheeses slices on top. Cover grill for ~30 seconds to let the cheese melt.
Once cheese is melted, garnish with chopped cilantro. Serve!
Photos by Pete Pham
Created in partnership with Stubb’s