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Holiday Bourbon Whiskey Meatballs

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“Can you e-mail me that recipe?”

“Oh I MUST have that recipe!”

How many times will you hear that sentence this holiday?

Believe me, you will get asked that question, over and over again each time you bring these yummy meatballs to your holiday party. Ohhh boy these are good!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Bag Frozen Meatballs
  • ½ cups Ketchup (Heaping)
  • ½ cups Brown Sugar, Packed
  • ¼ cups Bourbon Whiskey
  • 1 teaspoon Fresh Lemon Juice
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce

Preparation

NOTE: 1 bag of (1 pound) frozen meatballs is only about 18 to 20 larger size meatballs. That is perfect for a small get-together. But if you’re going to a larger party, you might want to get TWO bags of meatballs, and in that case you would then DOUBLE the above recipe.

In a medium bowl, combine all ingredients except your meatballs. Mix up really well.

Place your frozen meatballs into your crock pot, and pour the whiskey sauce in on top. Mix it up all around so each meatball is coated with the whiskey sauce.

Now turn up the heat to high. Leave it on high for about an hour, stirring a couple times.

Once it appears that the meatballs have somewhat thawed, go ahead and turn your crockpot down to low.

You don’t want to burn all that wonderful whiskey sauce! That’s the best part!

Boy these are so good! Now I know where whiskey-a-go-go came from!

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Angie Ladd on 5.7.2017

Oh my gosh these were truly the best party meatballs ever. The sauce was crazy good. I added a few splashes of hot sauce as others suggested and it was a 10++. I used a little less than two full bags of Trader Joe’s mini party meatballs and doubled the recipe for the sauce. I will make these often! Thanks for the winner recipe.

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Heather Day on 2.22.2017

AMAZING Meatballs! I have made these about 6 times now, I made a couple additions this last time since I have served them to the same people a couple times. I added 2 tablespoons of grated onion, couple shakes of red pepper and I doubled the bourbon (Makers Mark) is our choice. Each time I have used the Kirkland brand of meatballs. Thank you for such an amazing recipe Sally Darling!

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Debbie Randell on 12.29.2016

Hallie, I use Jack Daniel’s Whiskey. The frozen meat balls I get from Aldi. They come in a 32 oz bag, so I do double this recipe. They are the best meatballs I have ever had. I take them to family dinners and pot lucks at work all the time and there are never any left!

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Hallie on 11.30.2016

Any suggestions on what type of whiskey bourbon to use? What sort of frozen meatballs?

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Linda Langton-Kroetsch on 12.31.2015

I want to try these using Fireball Shooter corn whiskey, any thoughts?

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Mindy Green on 5.20.2017

One word…YUMMY!

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Rhonda on 9.23.2014

You were not kidding when you said people would ask for the recipe! I brought these to a tailgate party and they were the biggest hit, the only down side to them is that I should have quadrupled the recipe! I personally like a little kick, so I added 4 – 5 drops of Sriracha sauce. One word would describe these meatballs – AMAZING! Thanks for sharing!

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allhomemade on 6.5.2013

Made these for New Year’s and they were a big hit.

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pvfrompv on 2.4.2013

so good, so easy, so tasty! I had everything on hand except the bourbon, so I subbed with Southern Comfort. what a great quick appetizer. Thanks much!

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Michael on 12.25.2012

Based on the ratings I am convinced I did something wrong. That said, I followed the recipe to a T and they were just ok at best. I was so bummed that I double checked everything thinking I left out an ingredient or goofed a quantity, but I didn’t. Does the brand of frozen meatball make a difference? (I used Target’s brand.) Perhaps my taste buds are skewed from having done the chili sauce and grape jelly recipe for so long that this seemed too bland.

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