Bourbon BBQ Meatballs

By Brandy O'Neill
These simple appetizer spinach meatballs are the perfect holiday addition—a quick homemade bourbon BBQ sauce mixed with savory meatballs. What’s not to love?
  • Yield: 18-20 meatballs
  • Course: Appetizer


  • apple cider vinegar
  • bourbon
  • chipotle chili powder
  • chopped fresh baby spinach
  • clove garlic
  • Dark brown sugar
  • Egg
  • For the meatballs:
  • For the Sauce
  • Garlic Powder
  • ground meatloaf mix
  • honey mustard
  • ketchup
  • kosher salt and pepper
  • Maple Syrup
  • olive oil
  • pinch of kosher salt
  • seasoned bread crumbs
  • Smoked Paprika
  • smoked paprika powder


  1. For the meatballs: Preheat the oven to 350°F and line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper or silpat liner.
  2. In a large bowl, add all meatball ingredients. Using your hands mix together until fully incorporated. Roll into about 2-inch sized balls and place onto prepared baking sheet.
  3. Bake for about 15-20 minutes until no longer pink. Remove from the oven and set aside.
  4. For the sauce: Add all sauce ingredients to a large covered skillet over medium heat. Whisk together to combine.
  5. Let the sauce mixture simmer for 20 minutes—just until it starts to bubble and cook down.
  6. Add meatballs to the sauce, cover and let simmer for 5 minutes. Uncover, flip the meatballs and simmer until ready to serve.
  7. Make sure to keep an eye on the sauce so it doesn’t cook down too much.