Inception Balls – Food Within Food…

This is another HUGE crowd favorite at our weekly cookout.  With anywhere  from 15 – 30 guests on average, you cannot please everyone…or can you?
These are a great finger food that will keep everyone wondering “What was this magical experience?  What’s happening to me?”.  They are always the first item to go…and I always get requests for more.  Follow me, and you’ll get the same!

Inception Balls:


1lb Ground Chuck

3 Mozzarella Sticks – cut into 16 bite sized pieces

16 Small White Button Mushrooms – Stemmed and hollowed out with a spoon, removing the gills.

16 Strips of Bacon

Garlic & Herb Cream Cheese

BBQ Sauce



Garlic Powder


Preparing your balls

Take about an ounce of meat and sprinkle it with a little Salt, Pepper, and Garlic.  Take your bite sized mozzarella and wrap the meat around it, forming a meatball and leaving the cheese inside the center.  Create all 16 balls and set aside.


Grab your stemmed and hollowed out mushroom caps and spoon in some cream cheese into the center.  Do this for all 16 mushroom caps.  Be liberal…but not TOO liberal.  We want to be able to set our meatball down into this pocket.  However, you are the Isaac Newton of your Inception Balls!


Grab your meatballs and set them into your cream cheese filled mushrooms.  They should sit right up.

Grab your 16 slices of bacon and cut them in half.  Grab one half slice and wrap it around your Inception Ball from under the mushroom to over the top of the meatball, making sure for the two ends to create a seam on top.  Turn 90 degrees, grab another slice of bacon, and wrap it around the other exposed side, making sure that our bacon is covering all of the mushroom and meat.



Setup your grill for indirect heat.  If you are using charcoal (what I use and prefer), setup your coals on one side of the grill.  If you are using propane, turn on the burners for just one side or one half of your grill, depending on the size.  Let your grill heat up to and maintain a temperature of about 350 degrees.


Set your inception balls on the opposite side of the grill, so no direct heat is under them.  If you put these over direct heat, you have disgraced us all!

Keep your grill closed!

Let your Inception Balls cook for about 45 minutes.  Open your grill and glaze each Inception Ball with your favorite BBQ Sauce.  Close the grill and cook for an additional 5-10 minutes.


Pull them off the grill and let them set for a few minutes before serving.  These will be molten lava on the inside if you eat them right off the grill.

Now – sit back and enjoy the praise!  VOILA!