Crock-Pot® Bonfire Bourbon Meatballs
Turn the heat up this Bonfire Night, with slow Cooked Bonfire Bourbon Meatballs
• 6 rashers smoked streaky bacon
• 1 small onion
• 300g minced beef
• 200g minced pork
• 1/2 tsp cayenne
• 150g breadcrumbs
• 1 tsp smoked paprika
• 1 tsp ground fennel seed
• 1/2 tsp oregano
• 1 tsp salt
• 1 egg
• 2 tbsp olive oil
• BBQ sauce
• 65ml bourbon
• brioche buns, cheese and mustard, to serve
1. Blend the bacon in a food processor, add to a bowl.
2. Blend the onion and add to the same bowl as the bacon.
3. Add beef mince, pork mince, cayenne, breadcrumbs, smoked paprika, ground fennel, oregano, salt and the egg. Mix slowly in a stand mixer using a paddle attachment until well blended or by hand.
4. Form the mix into 12 evenly sized meatballs.
5. Heat the oil in a frying pan and fry off the meatballs over high heat until browned all over.
6. Add the browned meatballs to the slow cooker pot.
7. Mix together the BBQ sauce and the bourbon and pour over the meatballs and carefully stir so that the meatballs are evenly coated in the sauce.
8. Cook on high for 2.5 hours.
About This Dish
Bonfire night is all about fireworks, and preparing these delicious meatballs will be sure to set your taste buds ablaze. If you're hosting a display for your friends, family and neighbours, why not consider this recipe as an alternative to the usual burgers and sausages that you'd be firing up on your barbeque?
One of the greatest strengths of these meatballs lies in their versatility. They can be served on a skewer in the form of a kebab, allowing your guests to nibble on them as they ooh and aah at the fireworks, placed in a hot dog bun to impersonate a homemade meatball sub, or as this recipe suggests, tucked into a brioche bun and served as a burger. What's more, the variety of subtle flavours combine to make a hugely appetising whole. With hints of paprika and cayenne pepper for a spicy kick, alongside BBQ sauce and bourbon to balance this out with sweetness, you will find that these meatballs will keep everybody happy.
These slow-cooked meatballs will take roughly 2.5 hours to cook. This can also work in your favour as a host, as once the preparation is complete - which will not take long when you have acquired all of the necessary ingredients - you can simply leave them to simmer in your slow cooker. Surely that's more relaxing than maintaining a constant watchful eye over a barbeque, and crossing your fingers that rainfall will not dampen your plans? This recipe will leave you free to enjoy the most explosive night of the year.