Bacon Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce - Certified Hereford Beef

Bacon Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

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

Cook Time 30M
Protein 8G
Servings 24
Bacon Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

Helpful Hereford Tips

Baking beef provides rich flavor and tender meat, while broiling beef provides a slightly charred taste with a crispy exterior and tender interior.

Nutritional Information




2% DV


7% DV


0% DV


22% DV


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.

  • Combine ground beef, bacon and onion mixture, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, chili poser 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 slowcooker to keep warm. 

About Ground Chuck

Economical, versatile and flavorful. Holds its shape well for cooking and is ideal for burgers, meatloaf and meatballs.

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