Plum Bourbon Meatballs

These Plum Bourbon Meatballs are a tasty new take on appetizers for any occasion. The Prairie Legacy Grass-Fed Beef has rich and savory notes that pair deliciously with the sweet flavors of the plum bourbon sauce. The end result is a sweet and savory explosion of flavor your guests will love. Best of all, these amazing meatballs are best cooked in the crockpot or slow cooker, which makes them an easy addition to your entertaining.


Plum Bourbon Meatballs

Course Appetizer, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Keyword ground beef, meatballs
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • pressure cooker or crock pot



  • 1 lb Prairie Legacy Grass-Fed Beef
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion  - finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper - finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons garlic - minced
  • 2-3 cremini mushrooms - finely chopped
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tablespoons parsley + more for garnish
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 2 tablespoons whole grain mustard
  • salt and pepper  - to taste

Plum Bourbon Sauce

  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup sweet onion - diced
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1/4 cup local honey
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/2 cup bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tablespoon liquid smoke - optional


  • Preheat your broiler on high. Combine the meatball ingredients in a large bowl. Stir everything together until the ingredients are completely incorporated. Then use your hands to roll out small inch-wide balls of meat.
  • Arrange the meatballs on a baking sheet lined with foil. Broil for about 10 minutes, or until the tops are just beginning to brown.
  • Meanwhile, whisk together the ingredients for the plum bourbon sauce.
  • Gently transfer the meatballs to the bottom of a crockpot or slow cooker. Pour the plum bourbon sauce over the meatballs so that all of the meatballs are coated in sauce.
  • COOK ON HIGH: 3-4 hours | COOK ON LOW: 6-8 hours
  • OPTIONAL: About 30 minutes prior to serving, reduce the temperature of the slow cooker to the warming setting to thicken the sauce. The sauce will thicken as it cools.
  • Serve the meatballs garnished with fresh parsley. Serve it pot-luck style right out of the crockpot as an appetizer or serve it as a main course alongside mashed potatoes and salad. Enjoy!


This recipe is just delicious in the crock pot, and it can be made in an instant pot as well.