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Bourbon Meatballs

Kick-start your meatballs with a splash of bourbon and vinegar for punchy sweet-and-sour flavor. These Kentucky Derby bourbon meatballs are perfect to snack on while you watch the race. —Kimla Carsten, Grand Junction, Colorado
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
  • Makes
    about 3-1/2 dozen


  • 2 packages (22 ounces each ) frozen fully cooked Angus beef meatballs
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 2 teaspoons spicy brown mustard


  • Prepare meatballs according to package directions.
  • In a large skillet, whisk together remaining ingredients. Bring mixture to a simmer; cook 5 minutes. Stir in meatballs; simmer until heated through, about 5 minutes.

Test Kitchen Tips
  • 95% of all of the world's bourbon is produced in Kentucky.
  • Dark brown sugar contains more molasses than light or golden brown sugar. The types are generally interchangeable in recipes, but if you prefer a bolder flavor, choose dark brown sugar.
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  • Nutrition Facts
    1 meatball: 95 calories, 6g fat (3g saturated fat), 16mg cholesterol, 192mg sodium, 5g carbohydrate (4g sugars, 0 fiber), 4g protein.

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