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Bourbon Meatballs

Crock Pot Bourbon Meatballs Recipe. If you love everything about bourbon you will love this slow-cooker bourbon meatballs appetizer. Try out this recipe and bring the flavor of Bourbon cooking to your kitchen!

Bourbon Meatballs

Of all my frozen meatball recipes for the crock pot, this one is my favorite. 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

Bourbon meatballs are flavorful and smooth. The sauce is not too heavy and is the perfect game-day food. 

Best Bourbon for Meatballs 

With the bourbon craze and bottles getting harder to come by stick with bourbons that are readily available. Here are our recommendations for Bourbon Meatballs.

  • Buffalo Trace
  • Bulleit Bourbon
  • Wild Turkey
  • Jim Bean

You don’t even have to buy a big bottle. Look for the mini bottles and buy a few of those.  

Since we have a large collection of bourbon I will use bourbons that I don’t like. The ones that collect dust on the bottom shelf. It helps get rid of them and makes me feel less guilty.

Crock Pot Bourbon Meatballs

Ingredients for Bourbon Meatballs

The bourbon sauce for meatballs is simple with only 5 ingredients:

  • ketchup
  • BBQ sauce
  • brown sugar
  • Worcestershire sauce
  • Bourbon 

Just grab a bag of frozen meatballs and you are set. If you are a go-getter and have time make homemade meatballs!

How to Make Bourbon Meatballs

  • First, add the sauce ingredients to your slow cooker. Stir until mixed thoroughly.
  • Next, 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 the 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. 

Kentucky Bourbon Meatballs in a crockpot is a simple appetizer, potluck 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. 

Bourbon Meatballs

Reheating and Storing Leftovers

Remove leftover meatballs and sauce from your slow cooker. Place in an airtight container and refrigerate for 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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More Frozen Crock-Pot Meatball Recipes

  • Crockpot Meatball Subs – This effortless easy meal takes a bag of frozen meatballs, marinara, cheese, and sub rolls, and turns it into a mouthwatering meal.
  • Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs – This crock pot meatball recipe is perfect around the holidays. Bring in the Fall flavors of Cranberry. You can add some bourbon to this recipe too!

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Bourbon Meatballs Recipe

Bourbon Meatballs

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
  • 1/2 cup BBQ 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. 


Use your favorite BBQ sauce. Avoid mustard or vinegar-based sauces.

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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