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 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1/4 cup honey
1/2 cup water
4 tbsps Old Forester® 86 Proof Bourbon
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.