Bacon Bourbon Meatballs
Recipe type: Appetizer, Dinner
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Serves: 25 meatballs
Bacon Meatballs
  • 9oz (250g) bacon, roughly chopped
  • 2 shallots, roughly chopped
  • 9oz (250g) ground pork
  • 9oz (250g) ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup (27g) almond flour
  • ¼ cup chopped parsley
  • 2 Tbsp ground flax seed
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • 1 Tbsp butter, ghee, or avocado oil
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  • ½ cup water
  • 5oz (140g) tomato paste
  • 3 Tbsp maple syrup (substitute monk fruit syrup for keto)
  • 3 Tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tsp blackstrap molasses
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp smoked paprika
Bacon Meatballs
  1. Pulse bacon and shallots in a food processor until ground into a coarse paste. Alternately, you can mince everything finely by hand.
  2. Add bacon and shallots to a large mixing bowl along with the remaining meatball ingredients (except butter).
  3. Mix everything together until evenly combined.
  4. Using hands (slightly damp to help prevent sticking), shape into 1½" balls.
  5. In a large skillet, melt butter over medium heat.
  6. Once it is hot, add the meatballs and brown all of the sides (about 12 minutes). You may need to work 2 batches, depending on the size of your pan.
  7. Remove meatballs from pan and set aside.
  8. Spoon out most of the fat from the pan and discard. Leave about 1 Tbsp of the fat in the pan.
Bourbon Barbecue Sauce
  1. Mix all sauce ingredients together then pour into the skillet. Stir and bring to a boil, then reduce to simmer.
  2. Simmer for 5 minutes, stirring and scraping the bottom occasionally.
  3. Add the meatballs back into the skillet and simmer for 15 minutes.
  4. If the sauce gets to thick, just add a bit of water and continue cooking. The sauce should be a normal barbecue sauce consistency at the end.
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