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Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs Recipe

These delicious boozy Southern-style Bourbon Meatballs are going to be the hit of your next gathering; be ready for people to immediately run over to the meatballs on the buffet table and beg for this retro Southern recipe.
There’s nothing like a great recipe that highlights a few Southern favorites, such as Bourbon, Barbecue sauce, marmalade, and a slow cooking Crock-Pot appetizer. Mention these four things to any Southerner hosting a gathering and trust me, you have their full devoted attention.

 

Bourbon meatballs recipePull up a chair, and let’s chit-chat for a spell about these amazing Bourbon Meatballs Y’all. Let’s talk about the Bourbon. Use a bourbon you enjoy drinking because that is the flavor you will be tasting when you sink your teeth in these juicy, tender, Bourbon Meatballs.

 

 

 

Here are my top 5 favorite Bourbons

  1. EH Taylor Four Grain
  2. Booker’s Bourbon
  3. Old Forester 1920
  4. Bulleit Cask Strength
  5. Maker’s Mark Private Select

 

 

 

 

Recipe Tip:

You don’t have to use one of the Bourbons I have listed above; you can use what you like. Those are just some of the favorites that I usually have on hand. Heck, you can even substitute Jack Daniels for the bourbon if you have it at the house. Also, if you don’t want to buy a fifth of liquor, you can buy a half-pint from the store if you are only using it for the recipe.

 

 

 

 

 

Bourbon meatballs recipeThese Bourbon Meatballs are so simple to make for any gathering this summer or Holiday Season. They also freeze well; if you want to make a double batch, sure to store them properly in the freezer, then thaw, and reheat on a shallow setting to enjoy at any time of the year.

 

 

 

These delicious boozy Southern-style Bourbon Meatballs are going to be the hit of your next gathering; be ready for people to immediately run over to the meatballs on the buffet table and beg for this retro Southern recipe.

 

 

 

 

Ingredients need for Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs Recipe

  • 1 and 1/2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 pound of ground pork
  • One sleeve of townhouse crackers, crumbled
  • 1/2 cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • 1/4 of a cup of chopped parsley
  • One teaspoon of Cajun seasoning
  • One egg lightly beat
  • 2-3 tablespoons of oil for frying
 
 

Bourbon Glaze

  • 1/2 of a cup of marmalade
  • 1/4 cup of light brown sugar
  • 1/2 of a cup of quality bourbon
  • 1 cup of barbecue sauce
  • One tablespoon of blackstrap molasses *optional*
  • 1/4 cup water

 

 

 

 

Bourbon meatballs recipe

Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs Recipe

hmccallum
These delicious boozy Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs are going to be the hit of your next gathering; be ready for people to immediately run over to the meatballs on the buffet table and beg for this retro Southern recipe.
5 from 13 votes
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 10 People
Calories 385 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 ½ pounds Lean ground beef
  • 1 pound Ground pork
  • 1 sleeve Townhouse crackers crumbled
  • ½ cup finely chopped Vidalia onion
  • ¼ cup Chopped parsley
  • 1 teaspoon Cajun seasoning
  • 1 egg lightly beaten
  • 2-3 tablespoons Oil, for frying
  • Bourbon Glaze
  • ½ cup Marmalade
  • ¼ cup Light brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Quality Bourbon
  • 1 cup Barbecue sauce,
  • 1 tablespoon Black-strap molasses *optional*
  • ¼ cup Water

Instructions
 

  • In a large bowl combine ground beef, ground pork, cracker crumbs, onion, parsley, Cajun seasoning, and lightly beaten egg. Form 1 inch meatballs by rolling the meat with your hands until a ball is formed.
  • Place a large cast iron skillet on a burner set to medium heat. Once cast iron skillet is warm add the oil and let it heat up. Place the meatballs in one by one leaving plenty of space so that they brown evenly. Continue in batches until all meatballs are browned and done. Remove and place on a serving dish till needed.
  • In a medium bowl combine marmalade, light brown sugar, bourbon, barbecue sauce, blackstrap molasses, and water with a whisk.
  • Place fried meatballs in a Crock-Pot set on low. Add the Bourbon sauce mixture and cook the meatballs in the sauce mixture on low setting for 2 hours, stirring occasionally to coat meatballs evenly.
  • Serve while warm with extra sauce on the side for dipping.

Nutrition

Serving: 01Calories: 385kcalCarbohydrates: 31gProtein: 23gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 91mgSodium: 381mgPotassium: 510mgFiber: 1gSugar: 25gVitamin A: 313IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 40mgIron: 3mg
Keyword Beef, Bourbon, Meatballs
Tried this recipe?Let us know how it was!

 

 

 

 

 

 

There's nothing like a great recipe that highlights a few Southern favorites, such as, Bourbon, Barbecue sauce, marmalade, and a slow cooking Crock-Pot appetizer. Mention these four things to any Southerner hosting a gathering and trust me, you have their full devoted attention.

 

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27 Comments

  • Reply
    cookingchat (@cookingchat)
    November 19, 2019 at 6:33 am

    These Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs look so good! Definitely seem to pack extra flavor compared to basic meatballs. I can see why people would be asking for the recipe!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      They are awesome as appetizers. Thanks for sharing your thoughts.Have an awesome day

  • Reply
    thisdelicioushouse
    November 19, 2019 at 6:28 am

    What an incredible boozy meatball recipe! Love all of the flavors, everyone went crazy for these meatballs!! So perfect for parties. Thanks so much for sharing!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      November 20, 2019 at 3:46 pm

      Thank you so much for stopping by the recipe and sharing feedback!

  • Reply
    Susan Thurston
    May 1, 2019 at 12:31 pm

    Can’t wait to make these for Kentucky Derby party. I’d like to make them happy in the oven (as I don’t like to fry), before placing them in a crockpot. What do you recommend? Thank you.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      May 1, 2019 at 12:34 pm

      Hello, Ms. Susan, you can always place them on a pre-treat metal baking sheet and bake them instead of frying them.

  • Reply
    Julia
    August 28, 2018 at 11:12 am

    I am absolutely in love with the bourbon glaze! Delicious looking recipe 🙂

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:18 am

      Hi, Julia! Thank you so much! Its utterly delicious! Let me know if you try them.

  • Reply
    Kelly Anthony
    August 28, 2018 at 10:57 am

    I LOVE meatballs and these look so tempting! Southern style anything is my fave 😉

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:19 am

      Meatballs are so versatile and man I love this recipe for parties!! So delicious!

  • Reply
    camila
    August 28, 2018 at 10:51 am

    love the glaze on these meatballs. sounds delish

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      August 28, 2018 at 11:20 am

      Thank you, Camilla! I appreciate the sweet comments!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      September 1, 2018 at 10:20 am

      Thank you Camilla, so happy you enjoyed the Bourbon glaze.

  • Reply
    Jenn S.
    August 28, 2018 at 10:47 am

    That bourbon glaze sounds wonderful!

    • Reply
      Heidy McCallum
      August 28, 2018 at 11:19 am

      Thank you, it is wonderful! I’m so glad you enjoyed the meatballs.

  • Reply
    Real Food Real Deals
    August 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

    These look amazing! I love that they’re made in the slow cooker. So easy!

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 28, 2018 at 10:33 am

      Good Morning, Thanks for stopping by. Crockpot recipes are lifesaving at times in our house with work and hobbies.
      Have a great day.

  • Reply
    Melinda M
    August 28, 2018 at 10:13 am

    Crockpot recipes are my favorite, just toss the ingredients in and go about your day.

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 28, 2018 at 10:15 am

      Good morning, Melinda. I so glad you dropped by, I love crockpot recipes too!! This one is wonderful. Let me know how you like it?

  • Reply
    Sheila Edwards
    August 28, 2018 at 10:12 am

    Great recipe for meatballs. I made another recipe for these awhile back and it was disgusting. I followed their recipe to a T, every last measurement and ingredient and it was an epic fail. When I noticed this on pinterest I was a bit nervous to bother. They turned out so well I wondered why I didn’t make more?

    • Reply
      hmccallum
      August 28, 2018 at 10:17 am

      Hi Sheila, I am so sorry you had the experience from another blogger. Maybe they missed an ingredient on accident. I am, however, glad you found my recipe blog and loved the meatballs.
      Thank you for sharing!
      Heidy

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