Author Gal on a Mission

Recipe courtesy of Gal on a Mission.

These meatballs are so easy and bake to perfection, and then simmer in an out-of-this-world honey bourbon barbecue sauce! Perfect as an appetizer or to serve on sandwiches.

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  • 6 strips of bacon
  • 8 ounces button mushrooms, washed and dried
  • 16 ounces ground chicken
  • 1 hot Italian sausage link, casing removed
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup fresh parsley, chopped
  • 3 fresh basil leaves, chopped
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs

Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons bourbon
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • Fresh chopped parsley, to garnish (optional)



  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum and spray with non-stick cooking spray or grease a large skillet. Set aside.
  2. Pulse together the bacon and button mushrooms until blended.
  3. Place the mushroom and bacon mixture, ground chicken, hot Italian sausage, salt, pepper, chili powder, garlic and breadcrumbs into a medium mixing bowl and mix until combined.
  4. Scoop the meat mixture using a medium cookie scoop and place onto baking sheet or in the skillet. Repeat until all of the meat has been used. Bake for 20 minutes

Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

  1. Whisk together the water, barbecue sauce, bourbon and honey in a large skillet. Simmer over medium heat for 5 minutes, add the cooked meatballs to the sauce, coat each meatball, and simmer over low-to-medium heat for 15 minutes of until the sauce has thickened. Garnish with fresh parsley and serve.

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