Chef's Drool-Worthy Bourbon Maple Meatballs Recipe May Be the Best Game-Day Appetizer Ever by Chef Gigi

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10 months ago

Chef's Drool-Worthy Bourbon Maple Meatballs Recipe May Be the Best Game-Day Appetizer Ever

This maple and bourbon meatball recipe is what to snack on while you watch your favorite team play this weekend. In fact, this drool-worthy meatball recipe just may be the best game-day appetizer ever.

Keep these beefy babies hot in a slow cooker, and enjoy them with a cold beer or glass of wine. Cheers!

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes
Servings: 12


  • 1 pound ground meatloaf mix (ground beef, pork and veal) or ground beef
  • 1/3 cup seasoned bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced 
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon white pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon chipotle chili powder
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 batch bourbon BBQ sauce (try my barbecue sauce recipe)
  • chopped parsley, for garnish

Here’s how you make them:

  1. In a large bowl, mix all ingredients together until fully incorporated. Roll into 1-inch balls and place onto baking sheet lined with parchment or a silicon baking mat. 
  2. Bake for about 15 to 20 minutes in a preheated 350-degree F oven until one is cut open and no longer pink in the center. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  3. Add the meatballs to the sauce. Simmer for about 10 minutes, turning meatballs to coat. Serve warm. 

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Dr. Shayna Mancuso
May I have these now please?!!😂😂 the meatloaf mix sounds phenomenal.. we can buy from any butcher, correct?
Chef Gigi
I'm Not sure what types of markets are available to you in your area, but you can also ask for those ground meats separately if you need to -- I've also had to do that before. @Dr.Shayna Mancuso

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