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Bourbon Meatball Appetizer - Wellborn 2R Beef

Bourbon Meatball Appetizer

This bourbon meatballs recipe fits the bill of a well-loved and delicious appetizer. The meatballs are succulent, the bourbon sauce is scrumptious and their flavors complement each other famously!



  • 1 pound Wellborn 2R ground beef
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1 egg
  • 1/4  cup parmesan cheese
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

Bourbon Sauce

  • 4 ounces bourbon
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 3 dashes paprika
  • 2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 dash chipotle powder
  • ¼ teaspoon salt



  • In a large mixing bowl, place all the meatball ingredients (except the olive oil) and mix them together with your hands
  • 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
  • Heat a sauté pan and add up to 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • Add the meatballs and sauté them, turning them every 30 seconds to brown all the sides. Should take around 8 minutes total
  • Remove meatballs from pan and set aside


  • Add all the ingredients for the sauce, bring it to a boil and cook it for 10 minutes
  • Lower the heat and add meatballs. Stir until the sauce covers them
  • Continue simmering for 5 minutes
  • Plate
  • Eat
  • Smile
  • Enjoy

Helpful tips

  • Wellborn 2R Ground Beef because you can taste the difference.
  • Make the bourbon sauce at the same time as the meatballs as this will save you time.
  • The amount chipotle powder is up to you – use as much or as little as you want.
  • These meatballs freeze very well. Just make sure they are in an airtight container.
  • They can also be made ahead of time. You can keep them in the refrigerator, formed but uncooked up to 24 hours before cooking.
  • Instead of an appetizer, you can serve them over rice or noodles for a main meal dish.


Serving: 5meatballs | Calories: 125kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 150mg | Potassium: 75mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 86IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 22mg | Iron: 1mg

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