Drunken Meatballs #SundaySupper

First I wanted to say that no, I haven’t all ready fallen off the wagon with my meat-free challenge, this dish was cooked and shot during the holidays. So far we have gone 2 weeks meat-free and while we have been craving some of our favourite meat dishes we have loved the meals I have come up with during this time and I am looking forward to sharing more of them with you.

Today Sunday Supper is celebrating it’s 1 year birthday. It has actually been 7 months since I was invited to join this amazing, supportive group of bloggers. It is amazing how close you can draw to people having never met them in person. In these 7 months I have enjoyed getting to know each and everyone of the Sunday Supper bloggers lives and more their amazing dishes. I have already enjoyed so many of their dishes at home and many more are on my must try list. To celebrate this occasion we have all decided to pick one of each others dishes that we have made over this past year and share it.

The second I saw Connie’s, from The Food Army Wife’s, Drunken Moose Meatballs I knew I had to try it. Sadly I don’t have any access to moose meat but these were still amazing with beef. Hands down these were the best meatballs I have made. We served them at our appetizer night during Christmas and everyone wanted the recipe. But they were also amazing served as a main course with mashed potatoes and green beans. Yes I made them twice in one week, but seriously these were good. Don’t forget to go and check out the other amazing recipes that Connie shares and enjoy the delicious flash back recipes that the Sunday Supper group is serving up today.

I love Sunday Supper and I am so excited to celebrate its 1 year birthday and look forward to seeing what another year will bring to this group. The thing to love about this group is the fact that everyone believes in the simple idea that we need to focus more on coming together and sitting down to a meal. I believe walking away from such a simple concept is one of the broken aspects of the western culture. It not only invites unhealthy eating and spending habits but it prevents us from connecting with each other. So turn off your phones, computers and pads and spend some quality time with people you love.

Drunken Meatballs

910g (2 lbs) ground beef
60mL (1/4 c .) Worcestershire Sauce
150g (1 1/4 c.) fresh breadcrumbs
1 tsp salt
1 tsp pepper
1 Tbsp parsley
3 Tbsp butter
1 onion, finely diced
80mL (1/3 c.) bourbon whiskey
475mL (2 c.) Favourite bottled BBQ sauce


To begin, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place the meat into a bowl and break it up a little bit. Mix in the Worcestershire Sauce to the meat. Mix in the breadcrumbs wht the parsley and salt & pepper. Mix well.

Measure out your meat into balls the size of a golf ball. About a “rounded Tablespoon” scoop is perfect for this. Scoop it into your hand, briefly press and shape it into a ball. Place it on a large baking sheet. Repeat with all of the meat mixture.
Bake these for 20 minutes.

While they are baking, sauté the onions in the butter until they are golden brown and beautiful. Pour in the bourbon and let it simmer for a minute. Stir in the BBQ sauce, and combine. Let it cook a minute, and then turn off the heat.

When the meatballs are done baking, place them in a small crock pot or chafing dish. Pour the sauce over the top, and then gently stir to coat. Cover and let them sit on low heat for 30 minutes.

 
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Drunken Meatballs
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Ingredients
  • 910g (2 lbs) ground beef
  • 60mL (1/4 c .) Worcestershire Sauce
  • 150g (1¼ c.) fresh breadcrumbs
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 Tbsp parsley
  • 3 Tbsp butter
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 80mL (1/3 c.) bourbon whiskey
  • 475mL (2 c.) Favourite bottled BBQ sauce
Instructions
  1. To begin, preheat your oven to 450 degrees. Place the meat into a bowl and break it up a little bit. Mix in the Worcestershire Sauce to the meat. Mix in the breadcrumbs wht the parsley and salt & pepper. Mix well.
  2. Measure out your meat into balls the size of a golf ball. About a “rounded Tablespoon” scoop is perfect for this. Scoop it into your hand, briefly press and shape it into a ball. Place it on a large baking sheet. Repeat with all of the meat mixture.
  3. Bake these for 20 minutes.
  4. While they are baking, sauté the onions in the butter until they are golden brown and beautiful. Pour in the bourbon and let it simmer for a minute. Stir in the BBQ sauce, and combine. Let it cook a minute, and then turn off the heat.
  5. When the meatballs are done baking, place them in a small crockpot or chafing dish. Pour the sauce over the top, and then gently stir to coat. Cover and let them sit on low heat for 30 minutes.

29 thoughts on “Drunken Meatballs #SundaySupper

  • January 13, 2013 at 10:56 am
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    Great job, Laura! I loved Conni’s Drunken Meatball recipe, too and was wondering about substitutes. So, thank you for the recommendation of beef. Your meatballs look as good as the originals =)

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  • January 13, 2013 at 1:59 pm
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    mmmm. . . meatballs! Who doesn’t love a bit plate of them?

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  • January 13, 2013 at 4:09 pm
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    What a great recipe, I could dive right into these!!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 4:19 pm
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    I want to try these, as well…they look so good! I don’t think I’d be able to find moose either, though. I think this calls for an Alaskan excursion 😉

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  • January 13, 2013 at 4:25 pm
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    What could be better than a meatball…. a drunken meatballs! Oh my goodness… I love these and can’t wait to try them myself. Thank you so much for all that you do to make #SundaySupper special. It has been such a pleasure getting to know you this past year and look forward to another year of inspiration from your blog!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 7:47 pm
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    I’m so glad that you liked them! We have had them for main dishes as well as appetizers. I am making them again this week when I cater a local event. These are so simple and so flavorful.

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  • January 13, 2013 at 7:55 pm
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    The sauce looks as good here as it did in the original. It just makes me hungry! Gorgeous recipe, I´m bookmarking it!

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  • January 13, 2013 at 9:08 pm
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    These looks so hearty & yumm ! Must make this. Great pics !!!!!

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  • January 14, 2013 at 1:57 am
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    It wouldn’t be a party without meatballs! And they might as well be drunken ones. Seriously though, they do look so tasty. I’m adding this to my list of things to make for my next party.

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  • January 14, 2013 at 6:54 am
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    Love these meatballs. . YUM!!! They look so good! And I totally agree with you re: sunday nights and just dinner time in general: turn off your phones, computers and ipads and spend some quality time with the people you love. So true!!!

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  • January 14, 2013 at 4:56 pm
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    Oh these look delicious!!The boozy touch sounds wonderful and I cannot wait to try this recipe 🙂

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  • January 14, 2013 at 5:04 pm
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    I’m a sucker for meatballs and these look amazing!

    We’re also trying to reduce our meat intake…it’s HARD! I’m such a meat lover!!

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  • January 14, 2013 at 6:46 pm
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    Ooh, next party season these are on the list!

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  • January 15, 2013 at 12:59 am
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    I’m so glad you made these! When I saw Conni’s post I wanted to make them so badly – they’re on my “must make list”. I can just imagine how insanely delicious they are – I’d go full cave-woman and just eat them with my hands so that I could lick the sauce off my fingers. I’m classy that way 😉

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  • January 15, 2013 at 7:28 pm
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    Meatballs are so good – and these look fantastic 🙂

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    • January 16, 2013 at 8:46 am
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      Seriously they taste even better then they look. I am craving them again.

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  • January 16, 2013 at 3:36 pm
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    Meatballs? My favorite and this version looks so delish and rich. I might try it on with another type of meat, i guess it will turns out great too!

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  • January 18, 2013 at 1:35 pm
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    oh Laura! you shouldn’t have. How did you know that I have a weakness for whiskey? I can definately fall in love with the combo of whiskey and bbq sauce. delish!

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