Bacon Bourbon Meatballs

Who can resist a good meatball appetizer? Especially when bacon and bourbon are in the mix! You’re going to love these tasty (gluten free) meatballs. They are always a crowd pleaser and will not disappoint! You can even make the mixture and shape the balls to freeze for later. J

Bacon Bourbon Meatballs

½ small yellow onion
1 garlic clove  
1/2 cup fresh parsley leaves
1 pound bacon, chopped
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
2 tsp chili powder
2 tsp cumin
1 egg
2 lb. ground beef

1 cup bbq sauce
1/2 cup Bulleit bourbon
1 shallot
2 cloves of garlic

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Place onion, garlic, parsley, and chopped bacon in a food processor and pulse until the bacon until it is evenly ground and no large chunks of bacon remain.

Combine the bacon mixture and the remaining ingredients. Mix gently until evenly combined. Scoop the meatballs into 1½-inch balls, making sure not to compress the balls while shaping. Place on a parchment lined pan. Bake for 15 minutes.

While the meatballs are cooking place the sauce ingredients in a blender and puree until smooth. Pour the sauce in a large skillet and turn on medium/low heat for 2 minutes. Use a slotted spoon to remove the meatballs and set aside. Discard any excess grease. Place the meatballs into the sauce pan and allow them to simmer in the sauce for at least 10 minutes to cook out the bourbon. Serve warm and enjoy!

Garnish with chopped parsley if desired.