Braai Recipe | Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Boerie Balls | Meat Ranger

South Africans love their boerewors, it’s a given at any braai. And we also love our bacon.

So I decided to combine these two great loves of our tummies, added some cheese and peppadews, another local favourite, and here you have the Bacon wrapped, stuffed boerie balls, or Mzansi Balls as I like to call them.

You can call them what ever you like, but be sure to make them. Prepared over open fire and glazed with some sweet chili sauce, this is bound to elevate your local take on boerewors.

Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Boerie Balls

Prep Time: 20min

Cooking Time: +-15min

Feeds How Many –  6 people


Boerie Balls:

  • 1 x Pack Grassfed Boerewors – Thick – 1kg
  • 1 x Pack Free Range Mince – 500g
  • 1 x tsp Onion Powder
  • 1 x tsp Ground Coriander
  • 1 x tsp Ground Garlic
  • 1 x tsp Smoked Paprika
  • 1 x Pack streaky Bacon – rindless – minimum 12 pieces
  • 1 x Cup mild chopped peppadew – Woolies mild diced bottle 280g
  • 1 x Block mozzarella cheese – Italian pizza grade
  • 1 x Cup sweet chilli sauce – Wellingtons For basting
  • 1 x packet of bamboo skewers – soaked in water an hour prior
  • 1 x Maldon Sea Salt flakes
  • 1 x Black Pepper corn grinder
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How To Do It

Add all your spices into the free-range mince, mix and rest. We will be creating two variations, one with Free Range Mince and one made from Boerewors mince.

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Remove the meat from the boerewors casing and place into a bowl. Generally, boerewors meat is already spiced by the butcher and by making use of Grass-fed beef let the meat flavours do the work. So, no spices need to be added.

Braai Recipe | Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Boerie Balls | Meat Ranger

Cut or grate your mozzarella cheese in 1cm cubes. Make evenly sized meat balls with the boerie meat and mincemeat respectively. Grab one meat ball, flatten it in the palm of your hand, place a mozzarella cube in the middle, add a teaspoon of chopped peppadew and close the meat returning it to a ball shape.

Now take 2 bacon streaks and wrap your meat ball in ‘square’ format. Pierce with a skewer so it resembles a lollipop and set aside.

Braai Recipe | Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Boerie Balls | Meat Ranger

With your fire already going nicely, and once the coals are ready, over medium heat, place your Boerie Balls onto the braai grid. Turning and basting with Sweet Chilli Sauce every 15 minutes.

Once bacon is crispy, remove from braai grid. Rest for 5 minutes. Serve with delight.

Ranger Tip:

I used a locally sourced Danya Chutney as well as a Harissa Sauce.