Slideshow: Scenes from the 4th Annual Meatball Slapdown

Mile End
Mile End
These meatballs went the traditional route, but with a Mile End twist. These balls are made with a blend of beef, pork, and duck pastrami, with the addition of pumpernickel breadcrumbs and ricotta.
Buttermilk Channel
Buttermilk Channel
These amazing duck balls from Buttermilk Channel were served with Mexican chocolate sauce and a glob of orange marmalade, which was a surprisingly perfect pairing for the duck.
Ivan Ramen
Ivan Ramen
Ivan Ramen is set to open on the LES this spring, and it couldn't be more eagerly anticipated. Ramen master Ivan Orkin brought his Tokyo Meatballs to the Slapdown, made with pork and pork skin confit and served with miso wasabi buttermilk dressing and Bulldog sauce (the Japanese equivalent of A1).
Prime Meats
Prime Meats
'The Franks' of Frankie's Spuntino and Prime Meats were both slinging balls last night, 'cause two Franks are always better than one.
Prime Meats
Prime Meats
Their meatball of choice was a veal ball with leeks, mushrooms, ramps, and lemon zest.
Riverpark
Riverpark
Meatballs stuffed with.... meat. Brilliant, right? These balls were stuffed with brisket and charred chili, and then garnished with pickled vegetables and a beer-mustard sauce.
The Pines
The Pines
Their meatball is made with nduja, a spicy Italian spreadable sausage.
Ganso
Ganso
Ganso made chashu pork meatballs with hatcho miso-chipotle barbecue sauce.
Brooklyn Star
Brooklyn Star
Brooklyn Star based their meatball on their meatloaf recipe, so the side of mashed potato was only natural. To sweeten the deal, the whole ball is wrapped in bacon and doused in housemade pork ketchup (yes this exists).
Grandaisy Bakery
Grandaisy Bakery
You don't need to make meatballs to help out a good cause! Grandaisy Bakery got in on the action with plenty of beautiful breads and a delicious bread pudding.
Ovenly
Ovenly
And for dessert: salted chocolate chip cookies from Ovenly.
Carrot tattoos!
Carrot tattoos!
City Growers was inking the place up with temporary carrot tattoos. It was a pretty wild night.
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
And Brooklyn Brewery kept the beer a-flowin'.
Brooklyn Brewery
Brooklyn Brewery
Cheers!