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Slow Cooker Sticky Bacon & Whiskey Meatballs

  • Author: Morgan
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: about 26 meatballs 1x


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For the Meatballs:

  • 8 ounces uncooked bacon
  • 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
  • 4 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 1 1/2 pounds ground beef
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2 tablespoons fresh chopped parsley
  • 1 large egg
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup whiskey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons hot chili flakes
  • Chopped chives, to top


  1. In the bowl of a food processor, combine the bacon, onion, and garlic. Process the bacon is entirely ground and no large chunks remain.
  2. Preheat the broiler. Transfer the bacon mixture to a large bowl and mix in the ground beef, breadcrumbs, parsley, egg, and seasonings. Roll the meat mixture into golf ball-sized balls and place on a baking sheet.
  3. Broil the meatballs until browned on top, about 7 minutes. (Browning times will vary.)
  4. Meanwhile, whisk together the sauce ingredients in the slow cooker. Add the meatballs and cook on high for 1-2 hours or low for 3-4 hours. Switch the slow cooker to warm and serve.
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour