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Bourbon Meatballs for Bourbon Lovers

If you love everything about bourbon you will love these slow cooker bourbon meatballs. 

Bourbon Meatballs

If you love bourbon just as much as I do then you love bourbon food recipes. These bourbon sauced meatballs are a bourbon lovers’ heaven. Beef and Bourbon! YUM

These bourbon meatballs are flavorful and smooth. The sauce is not too heavy and is the perfect party food. 

What Bourbon to Use! 

Use an easy-to-find bourbon. Bourbon that is always on the shelf when you go to the liquor store like Buffalo Trace, Bulleit Bourbon, Wild Turkey, or Jim Beam. You don’t even have to buy a big bottle. Look for the mini bottles and buy a few of those. 

If you are looking at your spouse’s shelf of bourbon and make these bourbon meatballs with a Pappy They will divorce you! LOL! Just kidding but, you will probably be in some sort of trouble. 

Bourbon Meatballs

The Bourbon Sauce for Meatballs

The sauce is simple with only 4 ingredients:

  • ketchup
  • brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • bourbon 

Just grab a bag of frozen meatballs and you are set. 

How to Make Bourbon Meatballs

Add the sauce ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir until mixed thoroughly. Add frozen meatballs and toss to coat with the bourbon sauce. Turn on your slow cooker to high and cook for one hour. Open your crockpot and toss the meatballs in the sauce again. This recoats the meatballs. Turn your crockpot down to low and cook for another hour. Remove the lid and toss meatballs again. Get them nice and coated with the bourbon sauce. They are now ready to serve. You can transfer them onto a serving plate and garnish them with green onions or fresh chopped parsley. 

Bourbon Meatballs

Bourbon Meatballs in a crockpot is a simple appetizer, pot luck dish, and party food. The crockpot keeps the meatballs and bourbon sauce warm but, you can transfer them to a serving tray or plate. 

Does the alcohol burn off while cooking?

Yes! The alcohol evaporates and you are left with a tasty nonalcoholic bourbon flavored meatball. 

You will not get drunk eating these bourbon meatballs. 

Handling Leftovers

Remove leftover meatballs and sauce from your slow cooker. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate up to 3 days.

To reheat Bourbon Meatballs, microwave for 1 minute. Toss and microwave in 30-second intervals until bourbon meatballs are heated through. 

Bourbon Meatballs can be frozen. 

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Bourbon Meatballs

Yield: 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Bourbon Meatballs made with frozen meatballs and cooked in a slow cooker. 


  • 1.25 lbs frozen meatballs
  • 3/4 cup ketchup
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup bourbon
  • 2 tsp Worcestershire sauce


  1. Pour all ingredients except for frozen meatballs into a slow cooker and stir until blended. 
  2. Add frozen meatballs to the slow cooker. Toss and stir to coat the meatballs with bourbon sauce. 
  3. Cover and cook on high for 1 hour. 
  4. Open the lid and stir and toss the meatballs. Cover and cook on low for another 1 hour. 
  5. Before serving give the meatballs another toss in the sauce. Turn your slow cooker to the warm setting to keep the meatballs warm. 
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 2 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 188Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1.3gUnsaturated Fat: 2.1gCholesterol: 24.1mgSodium: 266.6mgCarbohydrates: 24.1gFiber: 0.5gSugar: 20.9gProtein: 7.9g

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