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Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and Jelly Preserves

Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and jelly preserves are a perfect appetizer to bring some sweet heat to your party. Easy to make homemade or substitute with frozen, these meatballs will be gone from your tray in minutes with people begging for seconds.  Tested over and over again, this cocktail meatball recipe makes the grade.

Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and Jelly Preserves

How to make Meatballs

To get get started, you first need your meatball ingredients!

  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper

Tip: If you use more of an extra lean ground beef or even a ground sirloin, you will have less grease to drain.

Seasoning tip: Use Lipton Onion Packet within your beef mixture for extra flavor

meatball ingredients

Sweet Meatball Sauce

Cocktail Meatballs Recipe

This takes about 20-30 minutes to make to do it homemade.

Place 2 tablespoons oil into a skillet and heat until hot.

Mix ground beef, onions, bread crumbs together.

Season with salt and pepper.

I find the best way to mix it all evenly is with your hands!

Use a 1 tablespoon portion scoop to scoop the meat into balls.

how to make a meatball

make a meatball with a 1 tablespoon scoop for perfectly proportioned meatballs

Place meatballs into hot oil and cook, rotating evenly until all sides are browned, about 8-10 minutes.

Remove from pan and drain on paper towel.

Drain pan of grease.

cooking meatballs in cast iron pan

cooking appetizer meatballs

drain grease from meatballs

Add peach and orange preserves to pan, barbecue sauce, whiskey, brown sugar, molasses and splash of hot sauce.

Many people prefer grape jelly and that is fine too, but personally I like the preserves.

Mix well.

Heat over medium heat and continue to cook as it bubbles and boils.

how to make sweet jelly sauce for meatballs

Cook for 3-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced.

Reduce heat to low and return meatballs to pan.

Cocktail Meatball recipe with jelly

Stir well to evenly coat with sauce and heat on medium low until hot.

Serve.

Makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

bourbon meatballs

Tip: Little Smokies also go well with this sauce if you want to add to your appetizer tray!

meatball recipe on appetizer tray

 

Can you use Frozen Meatballs?

Absolutely!

Frozen meatballs are fine and quicker.

I personally prefer things homemade but when you have a party, sometimes you are limited on how much time you can balance in the kitchen.  Heat your frozen meatballs through or thaw and then add them to the sauce to coat.

Make sure you use PLAIN meatballs, not Italian seasoned! 

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5 from 2 votes
Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and Preserves
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
25 mins
Total Time
35 mins
 

Cocktail Meatballs with Bourbon and jelly preserves are a perfect appetizer to bring some sweet heat to your party. Easy to make homemade or substitute with frozen, these meatballs will be gone from your tray in minutes with people begging for seconds

Course: Appetizer
Keyword: appetizer, meatballs, side dish
Servings: 4 people
Author: Salty Side Dish
Ingredients
Meatballs:
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1/4 cup diced red onions
  • 1/4 cup bread crumbs
  • salt and pepper
Sauce:
  • 1/2 cup peach preserves
  • 1/2 cup orange marmalade
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup whiskey or bourbon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon molasses
  • splash of hot sauce
Instructions
  1. To make meatballs:
  2. Place 2 tablespoons oil into a skillet and heat until hot.
  3. Mix ground beef, onions, bread crumbs together. Season with salt and pepper. I find the best way to mix it all evenly is with your hands! 

  4. Use a 1 tablespoon portion scoop to scoop the meat into balls. Place meatballs into hot oil and cook, rotating evenly until all sides are browned, about 8-10 minutes. Remove from pan and drain on paper towel. Drain pan of grease.

  5. Add peach and orange preserves to pan, barbecue sauce, whiskey, brown sugar, molasses and splash of hot sauce. Mix well. heat over medium heat and continue to cook as it bubbles and boils. Cook for 3-5 minutes or until liquid is reduced. Reduce heat to low and return meatballs to pan. Stir well to evenly coat with sauce and heat on medium low until hot. Serve.
  6. Makes about 2 dozen meatballs.

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Comments

Courtney Lopez

the whole family enjoyed these! i made them along with some potatoes and greens, perfect!