Alton Brown's Hack For Meatballs Is Borderline Genius

What a baller.
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Whenever there's an unexpected way to use something in the kitchen, we're there.

Trust Alton Brown to find a creative way to use something that we never saw coming, and it's going to give you the best textured meatballs you've ever had.

If you've ever tried Brown's recipe for baked meatballs,  you know they're on point (how could they not be with a blend of pork, lamb, and beef), but he just showed off a new hack for making them, and it's a game-changer.

The chef posted a selfie to Instagram showing off his famous meatballs, which he roasted in an egg carton. How did we not think of this sooner?

The rationale behind the egg carton versus the muffin tin (which the original recipe calls for) is to help "wick away the grease" so that your meatballs end up tender in the center, but crispy all over the outside.


Note: Brown used a cardboard egg carton, so using a styrofoam carton would probably produce different results.

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* Minor edits have been made by the editors.

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