BWG Kitchen: Honey Bourbon Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes     Cook Time: 3 hours    Total Time: 3 hours 10 minutes   Servings: 40 

Needing a delicious and simple appetizer for your next party or tailgate? Try these amazing bourbon meatballs by Marlynn Schotland from Urban Bliss Life! They are sure to wow your guests and earn you compliments.


Slow Cooker


  • 40 frozen meatballs (about 2 20-ounce packages)
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • ½ cup honey
  • ½ cup bourbon use less if you prefer!
  • ½ cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper


  • In a large bowl, mix together ketchup, honey, bourbon, brown sugar, and lemon juice.
  • Place frozen meatballs in your slow cooker.
  • Pour sauce mixture evenly over the meatballs. Stir to coat the meatballs as evenly as possible.
  • Cook on high for one hour.
  • Check on the meatballs and stir them occasionally, to evenly coat the meatballs with the sauce.
  • After one hour, turn down the temperature to low and cook on low for 2 hours.


Bourbon: a half cup creates a rich bourbon flavor to these meatballs. If you prefer less of a bourbon flavor, you can use a ¼ cup bourbon instead. 
Party ready: If your slow cooker has a Buffet setting as mine does, you can keep it on this setting throughout your party to keep the meatballs warm.
Storage: allow the meatballs to cool completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days, or in the freezer for up to two months. 


Calories: 51kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 21mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 0.01g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 7IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 3mg | Iron: 0.1mg

Nutrition information is a general estimate. Actual nutrition details may vary depending on the exact foods & brands you use to make this recipe. It does not take into account any substitutions, toppings, or optional ingredients.