Spicy Drunken Meatballs

These Spicy Drunken Meatballs would make a great addition to your next party spread! Or pair them with some slaw or a salad for a hearty meal. Don’t worry… the whisky cooks out, but the flavor keeps rockin’! #spicymeatballs #instantpot
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Spicy Drunken Meatballs

Ingredients

  • 2 lb. bag of your favorite frozen meatballs thawed
  • ½ cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1 cup Fine Vines Artisanal Ketchup Smoked Serrano (or any Fine Vines Flavor you prefer!)
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1-2 tsp. fresh lemon juice
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ - 1 tsp. red pepper flakes
  • ¼ cup sliced scallions for garnish

Instructions

Stove Top Method

  1. In a large greased preheated skillet over medium high heat, brown off meatballs, a few at a time, working in batches; reserve browned meatballs and keep warm.
  2. Using the same skillet, add bourbon to deglaze the pan; stir to bring up any browned bits attached to the bottom of the skillet. Add ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine.
  3. When sauce is nicely warmed, add reserved meatballs and lower heat; let meatballs simmer in skillet for 20-30 minutes, until hot throughout and sauce has thickened slightly. Serve meatballs garnished with sliced scallions, if desired.

Pressure Cooker Method

  1. Preheat pressure cooker pot using browning setting; spray with nonstick spray or add a bit of oil to the pot, then add meatballs, a few at a time, working in batches, browning off meatballs on all sides.  Reserve browned meatballs and keep warm.
  2. Add bourbon to the pot to deglaze, stirring up any browned bits attached to the bottom of the pressure cooker pot.  Add ketchup, brown sugar, lemon juice, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes, stirring to combine.  When sauce is warmed, add reserved meatballs and simmer for just a couple of minutes in the sauce, until hot throughout, and sauce has thickened a bit.  Serve meatballs garnished with sliced scallions, if desired.

Let’s Get You Cookin’,
Chef Alli

This recipe was shared at the 2016 Fancy Food Show in San Francisco, California featuring From the Land of Kansas products! You can purchase these products and more at the From the Land of Kansas ecommerce site.

Other Recipes Featured at the Fancy Food Show 2016:
Breakfast Quinoa Bowls
Heirloom Tomato Salad
Cinnamon Roll Waffles
Pearled Sorghum Power Salad
Korean Pulled Pork Tacos

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Chef Alli

Chef Alli is a home-grown Kansas girl on a mission to strengthen families through enabling kitchen confidence, educating the family cook, and encouraging better food relationships. She believes with her whole heart that time spent with our loved ones and our overall quality of life is greatly enhanced by nutritious food made at home with simple, wholesome ingredients. She loves being able to connect and share this passion with others through her website, her social media presence, and her coveted speaking engagements.

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