Bacon Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

June 11, 2020

What could be better than beef meatballs and bacon? These meatballs slathered in bourbon sauce will be a hit at your next party.


  • 8 bacon strips
  • 1 pound Certified Hereford Beef ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 cup red onion
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil


  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon

Heat oven to 400°F. Place uncooked bacon and onion into a food processor and chop until bacon and onion are finely ground.

Stir in raisins, chili sauce, cumin, salt and pepper. Cook and stir 1 minute. Remove from heat.

Combine ground beef, bacon and onion mixture, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, chili powder and salt in large bowl, mixing lightly, but thoroughly. Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 15 minutes.

Combine the barbecue sauce, water and bourbon in a saucepan and heat. Stir to mix the sauce together. Add in the cooked meatballs and allow them to simmer in the sauce before serving. If serving for a crowd, the meatballs can be placed in a slow cooker to keep warm.