Brazen Bourbon Meatballs

What isn’t there to love about tasty little balls of meat? Many of us grew up eating them covered in tomato sauce over a plate of spaghetti, but this recipe is a bit more grown-up and perfect for entertaining guests. This Brazen Bourbon Meatball recipe comes from a fellow Foodie Tribe member, Dishes Delish Blog. We think you’ll totally each these up, after all- we did!

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For Meatballs-

  • 1/2 pound ground beef
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parmesan cheese
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

For Bourbon Sauce-

  • 3 ounces bourbon
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 dashes paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 dash chipotle powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt



  1. In a large mixing bowl, place all the meatball ingredients (except the olive oil) and mix it together with your hands
  2. Grab a small amount of meat and roll it into a meatball (you choose the size), place each ball on a plate until all the meat is used up
  3. Heat a sauté pan and add up to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  4. Add the meatballs and sauté them, turning them every 30 seconds to brown all the sides. Should take around 8 minutes total
  5. Remove meatballs from pan and set aside

Bourbon Sauce

  1. Add all the ingredients for the sauce and bring it to a boil and cook it for 10 minutes
  2. Lower the heat and add meatballs. Stir until the sauce covers them
  3. Continue simmering for 5 minutes
  4. Plate and enjoy!

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