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Old Forester® Bourbon & Bacon Meatballs


1/2 lb bacon strips, finely diced
1/2 sweet onion, finely diced
1 lb ground beef or turkey
1/2 cup breadcrumbs
1 tbsp. dried parsley
1 large egg
1 tsp. chili powder (or chipotle powder for smoky flavor)
1 tsp. salt
1 tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
1 cup barbecue sauce
1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
4 tbsp. Old Forester® 86 Proof Bourbon


  1. Mix finely diced, uncooked bacon and onion in a bowl. (Slightly frozen bacon is easier to cut). Add ground beef/turkey, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, chili/chipotle powder and salt. Stir.
  2. Roll mixture into two dozen 1-inch meatballs. Preheat oil in saucepan over medium heat, then add meatballs. Cook 10 minutes, turning occasionally so all sides cook evenly. Drain on a plate lined with paper towels.
  3. Combine barbecue sauce, Worcestershire, honey, water and Old Forester bourbon in saucepan. Whisk over medium heat until well blended. Add meatballs and simmer for 10 minutes.

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