2010 MOINK Ball Challenge: Michael Baxter

Southern MOINK & Mash Pannini

A Pizza Bake? A Meat Pie? Over Pasta? All of which sounded good – but seemed to be “reaching” – this simple dish didn’t need to be over done – just put some Southern kick on it and let it fly – so we did!

Make your MOINK Balls

  • 2lbs of Ground Beef (or as much as you need)
  • 3 Tbsp (or more) of your favorite BBQ rub – we used Wizzy Pig Steak Rub – and we loved it!
  • 1 lbs of the best thick cut country cured bacon you can find – we used Clifty Farms

Season the ground beef well with your good stuff – wrap it in the bacon (about 1/2 a slice to a bit more) per 1/2 oz ball – stick a tooth pick through it to secure and dust them again take them out to your smoker (about 240 for about 1 and a half hours (and then 30 min after dipping – see below)

We smoked ours over some Apple sawdust on an easy to use electric smoker – the wood dust smoked for most of the cook – off of one fill up  – we always enjoy Apple smoke over our bacon wrapped treats

Now get back inside and start your taters!

Make your favorite mashed potato recipe and replace the salt with your favorite BBQ rub (ours is included below)


  • 5 pounds russet potatoes
  • 16 fluid ounces (2 cups) half-and-half
  • 6 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 4 tablespoons Wizzy Pig Smokin’ Rub
  • 6 ounces grated Parmesan


Peel and dice potatoes about the same size. Place in a pan and cover with water. Bring to a boil over medium heat – then reduce heat to maintain a slow boil. Cook until potatoes fall apart when poked.

Heat the half-and-half and the garlic in a medium pan over medium heat until simmering. Remove from heat.

Remove the potatoes and drain off the water. Mash and add the garlic-cream mixture, Rub, and Cheese; stir to mix well. Let stand for about 5 minutes.

Now go dip your MOINK Balls – mix 1 part your favorite bbq sauce and your favorite jelly or jam

We used Big Butz “No Butz” bbq sauce and a circa 1997 blueberry jam from our local hook up Aunt Mary (she’s 90), go out and cover those MOINK Balls – this is what is going to set the rest of the dish off just right. – pay attention you only got about 30 min til your done.

OK you’ve got Southern BBQ mashed potatoes – you’ve got Apple smoked MOINK Balls – you’ve got fresh deli rolls  – What to do?

Take your roll and spread a hefty layer of Cheesy Southern Mashed Potatoes on the top bun – take 3 MOINK Balls from the smoker (remove tooth pick) and place on bottom bun – lightly brush the outside of the roll with olive oil and put it in your hot sandwich press – stay close we are just toasting the whole thing up,  give it about 5 minutes

Remove – slice and serve! – pictured with a little lettuce and fresh peeled plum halves

Ground Beef – Bacon- half and half – Parmesan Cheese – 5lbs potatoes – deli buns – BBQ rub – your favorite smoker and sandwich press

To vote for Michael’s entry please leave a positive comment below…

108 Comments on 2010 MOINK Ball Challenge: Michael Baxter

  1. woah….I’m getting hungry seeing this pannini!!

  2. Michael Baxter’s Southern MOINK & Mash Pannini get my vote! Looks really good!

  3. Wow them ona fancy meata ball, and the taters sound awesome

  4. This just looks really good and gets my vote…and the fact that a Southern Boy actually used the word Pannini in his recipe is worth the nod!

  5. larry cooley // September 12, 2010 at 10:26 am //

    can’t wait to try this!get’s my vote too!!!!

  6. You got my vote, man..

  7. This looks yummy. :d

  8. Yum Yum

  9. sounds so good! We are gonna try it for football Sunday!

  10. We have a winner!
    Great job Michael :)

  11. This sounds so good I need to try it

  12. yummmmm :)

  13. Great recipe Michael. You got my vote.

  14. looks great!

  15. Good Stufff , Try it You’ll like it !

  16. Michael, your creation looks great, had to come over from my place to check out the other competitors Well done, it is anoth Baxter’s Original!

  17. All of the entries look so good, but at this moment, I’m really hungry for this Southern MOINK & Mash Pannini!

  18. Man this sounds and looks amazing. I will be trying this for sure.

  19. Micheal that looks pretty awesome. I like the twist on the southern mashed too. Also you added Big Butz and thats always a winner.

    Good deal.

  20. Cheryl Bravo // September 12, 2010 at 5:25 pm //

    Voting for Michael Baxter’s Southern MOINK & Mash Pannini
    It sounds delicious!


  21. Yep, I want one, very creative!

  22. I have to admit that the use of the No Butz sauce feels almost like cheating. What do you say we get together and put your cheesy mashed taters in the bottom of a MOINK Pie? ;)

  23. What a great use for that yummy BugButz BBQ sauce. Looks SUPER!

  24. Now THIS is a recipe I am going to try next weekend!

  25. Marty Griffin // September 13, 2010 at 4:18 am //

    The combination is excellent. Fantastic creation.

  26. Lisa Griffin // September 13, 2010 at 4:21 am //

    I didn’t know what moink was. My husband made this recipe and It’s sublime. The apple smoke brings the whole thing together.

  27. Big Crabber // September 13, 2010 at 5:01 am //

    I’m going to try these. Looks good.

  28. looks great Baxter-gets my vote. gonna have to try that on my stumps.

  29. Oi, I think I need one of these delivered ASAP… Looks Great, like the recipe

  30. Melissa Lawrence // September 13, 2010 at 5:43 am //

    This looks absolutely fabulous! Thanks for sharing such a great recipe. You deserve to win!

  31. Sounds good can’t wait to go home and try it!!!

  32. You have my vote, I am a sucker for a Panini!

  33. Blues Brother // September 13, 2010 at 8:02 am //

    Looks good as usual! You got my vote!

  34. Looks delicious!

  35. Great sandwich. Micheal’s balls are the best.

  36. Put it in mah belly!

  37. Luc Strange // September 13, 2010 at 9:30 am //

    Looks delicious! BaxtersOriginal dailybooth always makes me hungry xD good to have a recipe for the goodness. :)

  38. YUM I love it

  39. Sounds good to me!

  40. Looks great! I’d eat one of them at least one meal ever day! Michael definately gets my vote!

  41. Momma wants one

  42. omg this looks so good! i would eat like 5 of these i swear!

  43. Mmmmm…this is making me hungry!!!

  44. This sounds spectacular, being from the south, you just can’t go wrong with mashed potatoes, bacon AND hamburger meat! You definitely have my vote!

  45. looks great going to have them for dinner tonight.

  46. ohhh baby, that looks good enough to eat! think i know what I’d like for dinner tonight!!

  47. yummers!!!

  48. I’m very impressed. Must try this on at home…

  49. Marty Griffin // September 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm //

    Great directions. It was a hit.

  50. Lisa Griffin // September 14, 2010 at 3:31 pm //

    That was great. Keep the recipes a comin, ;o) helps makes my hubby cook.

  51. Great recipe! Sounds delicious. I’m going with this one. This is a winner.

  52. Cook one up for me.got my vote

  53. WOW Yum got my vote

  54. I love a good sandwich. The more flavorful the better. Throw in the insane textures of a moink ball (or 4)… you’ve got a winner in my book.

  55. Wonderful. I would eat this – again and again.

  56. Looks good!!

  57. The more I look at this, the hungrier I get…

  58. Yum Yum Gimme Sum. I want to nom it all day long.

  59. Scott Patrick // September 15, 2010 at 7:42 am //

    Wow, this looks impressive my taste buds are angry that they have to wait to try this.

  60. i like this. i like this good :)

  61. MOINK is in the house!

  62. Yummy, I want one! Baxter’s GOT my vote!!

  63. It looks better and better ever time I look at it!

  64. I LOVE IT! Great name for the recipe and great pics!

  65. It was delicious. The Moink is good.

  66. Makes me wanna slap somebody it’s so good!!!

  67. Josh Stauber // September 15, 2010 at 4:55 pm //

    This is the best thing I’ve cooked in a while. Thank you for the recipe. I’ll be looking for more by you in the future.

  68. This is a meal in itself- looks great too- got my vote!

  69. Robert Vollbeer // September 16, 2010 at 6:16 am //

    This guy knows what he’s talking about!

  70. Every day, I wake up and get hungry and regret not making MOINK Paninis the night before… Killing me

  71. I’ll make bread tonight if you make this panini for dinner tonight. I look at this picture every day and it makes me hungry for MOINK PANINIS!!

  72. Sounds super yummy.

  73. Awesome!!! my family loved it!!

  74. Scuba Steve // September 16, 2010 at 9:55 am //


  75. Im lovin’ it. I know what I’m having this weekend, Moink Balls!

  76. what a great idea for a sandwich, i enjoyed every bite. I highly recommend this sandwich to all my friends.

  77. Lisa Griffin // September 16, 2010 at 1:12 pm //

    I love those meaty Moink Balls.

  78. Marty Griffin // September 16, 2010 at 1:14 pm //

    Baxter’s Balls are outstanding. I love the toasted bread of the Panini.

  79. Bridget Siek // September 16, 2010 at 5:31 pm //

    Can’t wait to try this!!!! Yummy!!!

  80. love those meat balls. the moink panini is pretty good too.

  81. as much fun to cook as eat. (I can’t believe I ate the whole thing)

  82. Scuba Steve // September 17, 2010 at 1:45 pm //

    Awesome Moink. I could eat it everyday!


  84. Scuba Steve // September 18, 2010 at 6:43 am //

    Best MOINK I ever had in my mouth.

  85. this sounds great. can’t wait to make some up!!! sr

  86. I hope you will come do a cooking demo at the TriState BBQ Festival making these!!! Please!

  87. Moink balls are a WINNER in our book!

  88. Sounds and looks great. I will definitely have to give this a try!!

  89. Scuba Steve // September 20, 2010 at 7:09 am //

    Its even good for breakfast! Two thumbs up.

  90. Too good not to try.

  91. cant wait to try this one!! what a great combo of flavors

  92. I went with hickory instead of apple. Turned out super!

  93. Scuba Steve // September 21, 2010 at 9:22 am //

    MOINKtastic! Number one on my menu

  94. Sounds delicious. Will make it this weekend.

  95. Scott Daniel // September 21, 2010 at 3:57 pm //

    Looks fantastic! Can’t wait to try it out!

  96. stephiarino // September 21, 2010 at 4:52 pm //

    yummo. da-bomb-o.

  97. Mo wer Mo ink PLEASE

  98. Juicy Tender FILLING

  99. BINGO

  100. I’m soo hungrey…….that would sure fill me up Yum

  101. very impresive

  102. You cooking tonight? My order is in for this one AHHHH Good

  103. Feed Me! and all my friends…….yes Pur Southern delight

  104. this looks AWWEEsome!

  105. Sounds very yummy!! Gonna give it a try!

  106. Barbara (Rick's Sister) // September 21, 2010 at 6:44 pm //

    Looks great. Can almost taste it.

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