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Meatballs are the quintessential party food and my Slow Cooker Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs are perfect for large potlucks or cocktails for a dozen of your friends. The recipe is versatile and economical, as well as, of course, delicious.
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Slow Cooker Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs

Meatballs are the quintessential party food and my Slow Cooker Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs are perfect for large potlucks or cocktails for a dozen of your friends. The recipe is versatile and economical, as well as, of course, delicious.
Course any meal, Appetizer
Cuisine American/Southern
Keyword beef, ground turkey
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 50 meatballs
Calories 64kcal
Author Paula Jones

Ingredients

MEATBALLS

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground turkey
  • 1/2 cup fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper to your taste
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon oil*

SAUCE

  • 1/2 cup bourbon see notes below
  • 1/2 cup molasses
  • 2 tablespoons hot sauce or to taste
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup tomato paste
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder

Instructions

  • To make the meatballs, mix together the ground beef and ground turkey, bread crumbs, egg, salt garlic, thyme, pepper, cayenne pepper, bourbon, and Worcestershire sauce.
  • Shape the meatballs into 1 to 1 and 1/2 inch diameter.
  • Add meatballs to slow cooker.
  • Combine Sauce ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and cook in slow cooker 2 to 2 and 1/2 hours on high.
  • Spoon sauce over meatballs as needed. Serve.

Notes

See notes below for tips and substitutions. Stovetop cooking directions.
  • On medium heat, add oil to a large skillet.
  • Place meatballs in a skillet, don't overcrowd. You may need to cook in batches.
  • Brown on all sides (about 2-3 minutes per side).
  • Remove cooked meatballs from the pan and set aside.
  • Drain off the excess grease and add the sauce ingredients to the pan.
  • Cook over low heat for 5 minutes.
  • Add the meatballs back to the pan, toss to coat.
  • Simmer, uncovered, for 30 minutes.
 

Nutrition

Calories: 64kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 11mg | Sodium: 98mg | Potassium: 122mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 1mg