Bourbon BBQ Meatballs

These bourbon bbq meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer. They are easy to make and packed full of homemade bourbon bbq sauce flavor.

These bourbon bbq meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer. They are easy to make and packed full of homemade bourbon bbq sauce flavor #HolidayHosting

You know when you go to a party and see all the appetizers and you get excited? That’s how I feel when I go to a holiday party and I see meatballs. They are hands down my favorite thing on the menu. Well, if I’m being honest it’s really tie between meatballs and pigs in a blanket.

You know you love them too.

These little meatballs are homemade (you could always use frozen if you’re short on time) and are swimming in a super simple homemade stovetop bourbon bbq sauce. That’s right. I worked bourbon into my bbq sauce – oh yeah!

{Items used in this post – bamboo party forks and Anolon Nouvelle Copper Hard Anodized Nonstick 10-Inch Covered French Skillet}

These bourbon bbq meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer. They are easy to make and packed full of homemade bourbon bbq sauce flavor #HolidayHosting

The best apart about this dish is that you can make the meatballs and sauce ahead of time and then simple re-heat either on the stove top or in a slow cooker for a party. Or if you’re like me you would make them for dinner. There are no rules that say you can’t eat appetizers for dinner…right?

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Bourbon BBQ Meatballs

These bourbon bbq meatballs are the perfect holiday appetizer. They are easy to make and packed full of homemade bourbon bbq sauce flavor.

Yield: 18-20 meatballs

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 50 minutes

Total Time: 70 minutes

Ingredients:

For the meatballs:

  • 1 pound ground meatloaf mix, (ground beef, pork and veal)
  • 1 cup chopped fresh baby spinach
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste

For the sauce:

  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 3 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon honey mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • Pinch kosher salt

Disclosure: This recipe is sponsored by Anolon. I received financial compensation and free cookware to create this recipe. As always, all opinions and ramblings are my own.

43 Responses to “Bourbon BBQ Meatballs”

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    Tori@Gringalicious.com — December 2, 2014 at 6:53 am

    I’ve got lots of guys around that would go crazy over these and let’s face it, so would all the girls. These look fabulous!

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    Taylor @ Food Faith Fitness — December 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Bourbon AND meat…on a stick, in cute little bite? UM YES…I am getting excited just looking at these photos! I want them ALL! Pinned!

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    Christine Berres — December 2, 2014 at 7:41 am

    Why not find a way to put meatballs in a blanket? Then you could sauce it up right! (FYI, you had me at bourbon;)

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    Liz @ The Lemon Bowl — December 2, 2014 at 7:43 am

    I am starving for these for breakfast – is that bad?

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    Amy @Very Culinary — December 2, 2014 at 7:58 am

    Um, best looking meatballs ever. I’ll take 30!

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    Christie Daruwalla — December 2, 2014 at 7:59 am

    These sound absolutely amazing. I can just imagine they would be gone in seconds.

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    Family Foodie — December 2, 2014 at 8:00 am

    What a gorgeous appetizer that is just perfect for this time of year! Can’t wait to try this deliciousness.

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    Aimee @ ShugarySweets — December 2, 2014 at 8:18 am

    You take the best photos. Seriously. These are some stunning looking meat-a-balls.

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    meg @ The Housewife in Training Files — December 2, 2014 at 8:25 am

    Meatballs always claim my entire plate at a party! And with bourbon? Im sold!

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    Marjory @ Dinner-Mom — December 2, 2014 at 8:38 am

    These would be the hit of the party! Yum!

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    Anne-Marie @ This Mama Cooks! On a Diet — December 2, 2014 at 8:45 am

    Normally I wouldn’t waste good bourbon on anything, but these meatballs look worth it. Gorgeous!

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    Heather / girlichef — December 2, 2014 at 9:22 am

    You’re right, I do love them. ESPECIALLY when associated with the word bourbon. YUM.

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    Dani @ The Adventure Bite — December 2, 2014 at 9:31 am

    Giiiiiirrrllll. These look like 50 need to be in my mouth right now. Meatballs are my appetizer weakness.

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    Jennie @themessybakerblog — December 2, 2014 at 9:40 am

    Appetizers are the best part about the holidays. Love these bbq meatballs. Pinned.

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    Chris @ Celebrations At Home — December 2, 2014 at 9:48 am

    We serve cocktail meatballs every year for our Christmas party. I’m going to have to try out this recipe!

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    Paula - bell'alimento — December 2, 2014 at 11:01 am

    Pass me the plate ; )

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    Alice @ Hip Foodie Mom — December 2, 2014 at 11:25 am

    I love pigs in a blanket but I would take a plateful of these meatballs any day. . oh my gawd, these look so good!! You make delicious food, yo!!! love these!

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    heather @french press — December 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

    I always head straight for the meatballs, and these are some of the most beautiful ones I’ve seen

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    Matt — December 2, 2014 at 12:17 pm

    These look so crazy good!!!

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    fabiola@notjustbaked — December 2, 2014 at 4:00 pm

    You make me so hungry, and I love that about you!!! These look incredible.

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    Kim Beaulieu — December 2, 2014 at 11:46 pm

    I want these, I need these, I must have these. Anything with bourbon is all right in my book.

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    Kirsten/ComfortablyDomestic — December 3, 2014 at 1:10 am

    I’m not too proud to admit that I’ll happily park my hiney between the meatballs and a cheese platter at a party and be happy for the rest of my life. That bourbon barbecue sauce looks perfect!

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    Lora @cakeduchess — December 3, 2014 at 6:43 am

    I would love to see these at any holiday party!! I will have to make these for my next get together-love that sauce!!

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    Renee - Kudos Kitchen — December 3, 2014 at 8:30 am

    I’m all about the meatball as a holiday appetizer. Bourbon and bbq sauce makes these meatballs ones I would stand in line for!

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    Rose | The Clean Dish — December 3, 2014 at 9:16 am

    I must be going to all the wrong holiday parties – I rarely see meatballs anywhere 😉 I love that you added bourbon to your bbq sauce – I will definitely give this a try! Your photos are beautiful, too!!

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    Nikki @ NikSnacks — December 3, 2014 at 2:53 pm

    I love bourbon. It’s my liquor of choice alongside whiskey. I’m going to try this with some blended bourbon I found this week. 5 different barrel-aged bourbon. It’s killer. And 100 proof. And I’m 100% positive these are amazing.

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    Erin @ Texanerin Baking — December 3, 2014 at 3:07 pm

    I love Anolon’s stuff! I wish I could have brought my set over here with me but it was too heavy. 🙁 And hooray to bourbon in the sauce!

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    Kelsey @ Snacking Squirrel — December 3, 2014 at 4:24 pm

    drunken meat balls! delicious hehe

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    Jessica (Savory Experiments) — December 3, 2014 at 4:26 pm

    I’ve never seen meatballs look so lovely. Perfect for watching Sunday football!

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    amanda @ fake ginger — December 3, 2014 at 5:56 pm

    I get excited when I see meatballs at a party, too. It doesn’t get better than meatballs in a delicious sauce. I want to make some now.

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    Kari@Loaves n Dishes — December 3, 2014 at 6:05 pm

    These just might be the yummiest meatballs, eeever! Love the spices in the meatballs, and the sauce…I would lick that sauce off of my fingers, and that’s not something that I normally do!

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    Melanie — December 3, 2014 at 7:54 pm

    That sauce looks killer. This is the PERFECT party appetizer! Love!

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    Carol at Wild Goose Tea — December 4, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Well I did trip over there and get the recipe. They looked so danged delicious I knew I had to pin it. And I did! Sore!

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    Jamie | My Baking Addiction — December 5, 2014 at 8:37 am

    These are definitely going on our holiday menu! And now I want meatballs for breakfast!

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    Jocelyn @BruCrew Life — December 5, 2014 at 4:37 pm

    Bourbon BBQ…you have me sold!!! These sound absolutely amazing! I always get excited when I see meatballs at parties too. They are one of my fav apps!

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    Angie | Big Bear's Wife — December 7, 2014 at 12:50 pm

    Bourbon in BBQ… is there any other way? mmmmm xoxo

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    Lori @ RecipeGirl — December 7, 2014 at 7:42 pm

    My family would go crazy for these meatballs!

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    Tiffany — February 15, 2016 at 11:47 pm

    This may sound silly to ask, but will we feel the effect of the alcohol once it’s cooked into a sauce or is it more for flavour? Looking for recipes to get me buzzed since I don’t like actually “drinking” alcohol in any way, can’t go down properly.

    • nutmegnanny replied: — March 2nd, 2016 @ 10:21 pm

      Hi Tiffany! Unfortunately no. The alcohol will cook off as the meatballs cooks 🙂 You’re left with the flavor of the bourbon but not the boozy side effects.

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