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These bacon bourbon homemade meatballs could not be easier. I’ll show you how to make meatballs that are simple, flavorful, and perfect for appetizers, subs, and pasta. This is an easy meatballs recipe that everyone will love. 

A look at our finished bacon bourbon meatballs with sauce. Now that we know how to make meatballs they look even better! These bacon bourbon homemade meatballs could not be easier. I’ll show you how to make meatballs that are simple, flavorful, and perfect for appetizers, subs, and pasta. This is an easy meatballs recipe that everyone will love. Hi guys and happy Tuesday! I’m sitting here now plugging away at my laptop and drooling over these meatballs. The great news is that you can have these easy Bacon Bourbon Homemade Meatballs on the table in 30 minutes.

I love them for a snack or any time of the day because they take no time at all to make. That means that homemade meatballs in under an hour for a great dinner, appetizer, or even lunch!

OK, so I tend to go a little overboard with the homemade meatballs recipes, but one can never get enough, right?!

A top down view of the finished easy meatballs arranged on a tray to be served and enjoyed.

Are these baked meatballs?

Yes! I like baked meatballs, they’re so easy and they tend to stick together better. You’ll enjoy the fact that these all get put onto baking sheets and go into the oven, when they come out they’re ready to be sauced and enjoyed.

 

You can also cook these meatballs in a skillet on the stove if you’d prefer. It’s a pretty simple process:

  1. In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and cook meatballs for 5-10 minutes rotating them occasionally, or until brown and crispy.

All the ingredients needed for how to make meatballs at home!

Now we can start working on the sauce for our easy meatballs.

Here’s what you need to make the sauce for our homemade meatballs:

  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard

The sauce ingredients are mixed up and ready to be heated, learning how to make meatballs and sauce is easy!The first step for how to make meatballs is to combine all of our ingredients in a bowl!

 

 

Here’s how to turn those ingredients into a super delicious bacon bourbon sauce:

  1. In a medium saucepan combine ketchup, bourbon, worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and seasonings. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling.
  2. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Once finished, remove from heat.

Here we see all the ingredients for easy meatballs mixed up and ready to be formed.

 

 

Here are the ingredients needed for my easy meatballs recipe:

  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ lb bacon, cook and chopped
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

The homemade meatballs are formed and ready to be baked!

 

How to make easy meatballs:

Making meatballs is pretty simple. View the full recipe below but the general steps are as follows:

  1. Combine: First we need to place the listed ingredients into a bowl or mixer and incorporate them evenly. The mixture needs to be a little wet in order to work properly to make sure your “dough” isn’t too dry.
  2. Shape: Use a spoon to scoop meat from the bowl and then use your hands to work the meat into balls that are about 1-2 inches in size. From there the meatballs go onto the baking sheet.
  3. Bake: Now we need to bake the shaped meatballs until they are cooked through. It takes between 16 and 18 minutes. Flipping the meatballs halfway through that time can help them cook evenly.
  4. Saute: Since we’re making meatballs that have a great sauce, after they’re done baking they can be transferred into a saute pan with the sauce and cooked for about 10 minutes or so in order to soak up that delicious bacon bourbon sauce!

Now the homemade meatballs are cooked and ready to be added to the sauce.

Can leftover meatballs be frozen?

Yes! You can easily freeze the leftover meatballs. I would let them cool completely and then place them on a baking sheet in the freezer. Once they’re frozen you can remove them from the sheet and put them into a freezer bag or a freezer container. This will help keep them from freezing into a giant lump.

 

To thaw them out just put them into the refrigerator overnight. I would freeze the sauce and the meatballs separately so that you can keep them from freezing in clumps. Place them into the slow cooker from there for an easy dinner that you don’t have to worry about.

The sauced meatballs are looking great, these easy meatballs are soon ready to eat.

Can I make these easy meatballs in advance?

I would say you could make these about 3 – 4 days in advance and they will be ready to go and delicious. If you need to make them any further in advance than that just make a batch and freeze them with the tips above!

A top down view of the pile of bacon bourbon easy meatballs on a platter ready to be served!

Each batch of these delicious homemade meatballs seves about 5 people. You can make a double batch and freeze the leftovers or eat them for lunches throughout the week. When I know we’ll be having company I whip up a double batch for an easy and delicious appetizer, leftovers go great as meatball sliders!

Is it okay to use a different kind of meat?

You can use whatever type of ground meat you prefer but be aware that turkey or chicken might get a little dry. The fat content in ground beef or pork will actually help keep them flavorful and moist. That being said, with the sauce I think it would probably be fine to substitute turkey or chicken if you will be eating them right away!

Another look at our completed recipe for easy homemade meatballs.If you are a huge homemade meatballs person like I am, check out my other meatball recipes:

  • Baked Orange Meatballs. The orange sauce over these meatballs is sweet and spicy all at the same time! I’m really a huge fan.
  • Brown Sugar Glazed Pork Meatballs. These soft pork meatballs can be a meal served over rice or you can serve them as a party appetizer. I serve them over rice most often.
  • Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs. I made these for every holiday, potluck, or shower and they have never let me down. Everyone always requests the recipe for these bad boys.
  • Thai Peanut Chicken Meatballs. These particular meatballs are healthy and light and you would never know it! I promise you that.
  • Cranberry BBQ Cocktail Meatballs. These meatballs have a cranberry sauce with them, but they aren’t just good for the holidays. I love the sweet sauce!
  • Firecracker Chicken Meatballs. If you are a fan of spicy meatballs, try these like NOW. They have just the right amount of kick to them.
  • Crock Pot Italian Meatballs. I made these Italian version of meatballs for my sister-in-law’s baby shower. Everyone raved about them!

Bacon Bourbon Meatballs
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 5-6
 
These bacon bourbon homemade meatballs could not be easier. I’ll show you how to make meatballs that are simple, flavorful, and perfect for appetizers, subs, and pasta. This is an easy meatballs recipe that everyone will love.
Ingredients
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • ½ lb bacon, cook and chopped
  • ½ medium yellow onion, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • ½ teaspoon chili powder
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • ⅓ cup ketchup
  • ¼ cup bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ¼ teaspoon smoked paprika
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon yellow mustard
Instructions
  1. In a large skillet, cook ½ lb bacon over a medium-high heat until desired crispiness. Finely chop bacon and add to a large bowl with 1 lb ground beef.
  2. Add onion, parsley, egg, breadcrumbs, and seasonings to meatball mixture and combine well with hands.
  3. Form into balls and set aside. In a medium saucepan combine ketchup, bourbon, worcestershire sauce, mustard, brown sugar and seasonings. Cook over medium-high heat until boiling.
  4. Reduce to a simmer and cook for about 10 minutes. Once finished remove for heat.
  5. In a skillet heat 2 tablespoons olive oil and cook meatballs for 5-10 minutes rotating them occasionally, or until brown and crispy.
  6. Remove from heat and toss meatballs in bourbon barbecue sauce
  7. Preheat oven to 375 degrees, Line 2 cookie sheets with foil, spray with cooking spray.
  8. Mix all ingredients until well blended, shape into balls.
  9. Bake for 16 – 18 minutes approximately. Enjoy!

These bacon bourbon homemade meatballs could not be easier. I’ll show you how to make meatballs that are simple, flavorful, and perfect for appetizers, subs, and pasta. This is an easy meatballs recipe that everyone will love.

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