Keen to pig out on local produce with these Smokey Bacon Baked Meatballs? These will set you on the road to bacon heaven.

Dan and Steph Mulheron may have taken out Series 4 of My Kitchen Rules, but their life after cooking show success is all about pork and Queensland’s pork production capital. One of Dan and Steph’s favourite bacon recipes is Smokey Bacon Baked Meatballs. It’s a delicious and economical recipe that doesn’t skimp on the bacon, of course! 

Smokey Bacon Baked Meatballs Kingaroy Baconfest
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Additional Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Smokey Bacon Baked Meatballs is one of Dan and Steph Mulheron's favourite bacon recipes. It’s a delicious and economical recipe that doesn’t skimp on the bacon, of course!


  • 6 rashers SunPork bacon
  • 1 medium brown onion, peeled
  • 2 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 2 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp of butter
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 2 tbsp tomato paste
  • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
  • 2 x 400g cans chopped tomatoes
  • 250ml vegetable stock
  • Pinch salt and black pepper
  • Meatballs
  • 500g SunPork pork mince
  • 2 free range eggs
  • Pinch of salt & black pepper
  • 125g mozzarella cheese, grated
  • 125g Jarlsberg cheese, grated
  • 1 bag of pasta


  1. In a processor, add garlic, onion, bacon and oregano – blitz until chopped up well.
  2. Heat the butter and olive oil in a large fry pan and add this mix and fry off for 6 mins
  3. Pour half of the mix onto a plate to cool, then put it in the pan with the remainder of the bacon mix. Add the chopped tomatoes, tomato paste, vegetable stock and balsamic. Stir well and allow to simmer for 15 mins to reduce and infuse
  4. Season to taste
  5. While the sauce is cooking, get into the meatballs – in a large bowl, add the pork mince, eggs, salt, pepper and the cooled half bacon mixture
  6. Use hands and squish it all together well, then make golf ball-size meatballs.
  7. Then add meatballs straight into the tomato sauce and sprinkle with both kinds of cheese all over.
  8. Place the entire frypan into a preheated oven at 220 degrees for 25-30 mins or until golden brown on top and the meatballs are cooked. (You could use a baking dish if you don’t have an oven-proof frypan)
  9. Allow to sit for 10 mins and serve with cooked pasta.


Make these meatballs and serve them with your favourite pasta for an easy mid-week dinner and have your own bacon festival!

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 689Total Fat: 47gSaturated Fat: 19gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 211mgSodium: 860mgCarbohydrates: 20gFiber: 4gSugar: 7gProtein: 46g
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