4 Easy Spring BBQ Ideas & Recipes Ready for your Picnic 

From The Smoker March 12, 2024
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Spring is here, and it’s time to break out the picnic baskets and blankets. Whether you’re packing lunches for just a few close friends or the whole family, our Pitmasters are sharin’ their top spring BBQ ideas & recipes. 

Stuffed Mozzarella Air-Fried Meatballs

Meaty and melty, these appetizers are springtime-ready and easy to whip up in your air fryer. Head Pitmaster Shannon Snell crafted this simple recipe that’s a mouthwatering combination of sweet and spicy. Once you toss them in our Sweet BBQ Sauce, we wouldn’t blame you if you take them all for yourself. 


  • ½ lb Ground Italian Sausage 
  • ½ lb 80/20 Ground Beef
  • ½ cup shredded Parmesan Cheese 
  • ¼ cup chopped Parsley 
  • 3 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce 
  • 2 tbsp garlic powder 
  • 1 tbsp onion powder 
  • 1 tbsp kosher salt 
  • 1 tsp black pepper 
  • ½ tsp cayenne powder 
  • 3 individual packages of mozzarella cheese sticks 


  1. Remove the cheese from packaging, cut into 16 equal pieces, and set aside. 
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine all the other ingredients and mix well by hand.
  3. Using your hands, make (16) 1oz meatballs, placing a piece of cheese inside each one. 
  4. Set your air fryer to 375 degrees and cook the meatballs until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees – *roughly 10 minutes*
  5. Remove from the air fryer when done and toss in your favorite BBQ Sauce or enjoy with your favorite marinara sauce over top.

Smoked Armadillo Eggs

Lookin’ for another recipe to put all of that meat to use? Try these easy, portable creations from the Lone Star State. Jalapeno peppers stuffed with cheese, wrapped with sausage and bacon before they’re finished off on the smoker. Still got some Sweet BBQ Sauce? We’re puttin’ it to use here too. 

Berry Blast Tea

What do you get when you blend fresh seasonal fruit and pour it over ice? A refreshing spring drink ready to pack into a pitcher. With just a few ingredients, you’ll be bringin’ this to sip at every picnic this year. 

Berry Shortcakes

Speakin’ of fruit, here’s a sweet way to finish. Our Pitmasters take delicious shortcake and top it with a blend of strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. Don’t forget the freshly whipped cream for a dessert that’s hard to forget.

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