Thats-a spicy (chargrilled) meat-a-ball

Meatball grill basket opens familiar cooking medium to new meal possibilities

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Growing up as the granddaughter of an old-world Italian grandmother, I developed a healthy appreciation for all Italian food. I'm also, however, the kind of American who loves a backyard barbecue, and I've found that those two worlds aren't always compatible. Although I've indulged more than once in pizza from the grill, it's rare that you find other Italian favorites like pastas or lasagna on the grill, and one staple that is regrettably absent from most outdoor grills is meatballs.

If you think about it, outside of the shape, how are meatballs all that much different from burgers? Both are a combination of ground beef, spices, and possibly binding agents like bread crumbs, and considering the amount of flavor that grilling burgers over hot charcoal provides, it seems silly that meatballs shouldn't be able to reap the same benefits.

Thankfully, this specialized grill basket addresses the shape issue that seems to be the only obstacle preventing meatballs from enjoying burger benefits. It's made of stainless steel and is large enough to accommodate twelve bundles of meaty goodness at once. All you have to do is fill the vessels with prerolled meatballs and flip them halfway through. Now all you have to do is figure out how to cook outdoor pasta.

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by Iyaz Akhtar