5 from 13 votes
Bourbon meatballs recipe
Southern-Style Bourbon Meatballs Recipe
Prep Time
30 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 30 mins
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.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Beef, Bourbon, Meatballs
Servings: 10 People
Calories: 390 kcal
Author: hmccallum
  • 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
  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. In a medium bowl combine marmalade, light brown sugar, bourbon, barbecue sauce, blackstrap molasses, and water with a whisk.
  4. 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.
  5. Serve while warm with extra sauce on the side for dipping.