Grilled Meat Rolls

Fun to eat Grilled Meat Rolls have a hot and spicy kick thanks to a homemade sauce that features red wine and Tabasco sauce. Make this great appetizer or finger food for sports parties.


  • 4 slices of bacon cut into 1 in squares
  • 1 small yellow onion, chopped fine and divided
  • 1/4 lb button mushrooms, chopped fine
  • 2 tsp garlic, minced and divided
  • 1 1/2 lbs ground chuck
  • 1 tsp ground Italian parsley
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 tsp pepper
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/2 tsp dry mustard
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil + extra for brushing meat
  • 1/2 cup dry red wine
  • 2 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • 1 (8 oz) can tomato sauce
  • 2 Tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp light brown sugar
  • Tabasco sauce
  • 8 large lettuce leaves


Meat roll instructions:

Heat bacon in a skillet over medium heat until cooked but not crispy. Remove from skillet and drain. Set aside.

Add 1/2 the onion to the skillet and sauté 5 minutes or until soft.

Mix in mushrooms and 1 tsp garlic. Cook an additional 5 minutes.

Cool the mixture for about 10 minutes before placing in a mixing bowl.

Mix in bacon, ground chuck, parsley, salt, Worcestershire sauce, pepper, cumin and dry mustard.

Blend ingredients using your hands.

Form eight 4 inch rolls and place the rolls on a dish.

Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate at least 1 hour.

Tomato sauce instructions:

Heat 1 Tbsp of oil in a skillet on medium.

Cook remaining onion until soft (about 5 minutes).

Add the garlic and cook 1 minute stirring occasionally.

Pour in the wine and vinegar and bring the mixture to a boil.

Add tomato sauce, tomato paste, paprika and brown sugar.

Reduce heat to low and simmer for 10 minutes or until mixture begins to thicken, stirring often.

Add Tabasco sauce to taste and stir well.

Grilling instructions:

Brush meat rolls with remaining oil.

Grill on high 8 minutes, giving them a 1/4 turn every 2 minutes.

Place grilled meat rolls on lettuce leaves.

Cover with the tomato sauce, roll the lettuce around the meat and secure with a toothpick. Serve immediately.


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