Bacon Meatballs with Bourbon Sauce

Baking beef provides rich flavor and tender meat, while broiling beef provides a slightly charred taste with a crispy exterior and tender interior.


8 bacon strips

1 pound Certified Hereford Beef ground beef

1/2 cup breadcrumbs

1/2 cup red onion

2 tablespoons parsley

1 large egg

1 teaspoon salt

1 teaspoon chili powder

1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil


1 cup barbecue sauce

1/2 cup water

3 tablespoons bourbon


  • Heat oven to 400°F. Place uncooked bacon and onion into a food processor and chop until bacon and onion are finely ground.
  • Combine ground beef, bacon and onion mixture, bread crumbs, egg, parsley, chili poser and salt in large bowl, mixing lightly, but thoroughly. Shape into 24 1-inch meatballs. Place on rack in broiler pan that has been sprayed with cooking spray. Bake in 400°F oven 15 minutes.
  • Combine the barbecue sauce, water and bourbon in a saucepan and heat. Stir to mix the sauce together. Add in the cooked meatballs and allow them to simmer in the sauce before serving. If serving for a crowd, the meatballs can be placed in a slowcooker to keep warm.

Source: American Hereford Association