Slow Cooker Bourbon Meatballs

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Looking for a simple meatball recipe to take your gathering to the next level? This recipe for bourbon meatballs is always a hit and you won’t believe how easy it is to make with the help of a slow cooker.

Meatballs covered in sauce.


Why I love this recipe

  • Flavor – Even though there are only a few ingredients, the flavor of this sauce is so delicious.
  • Easy – This meatball recipe can be prepped in about 5 minutes and only requires 4 ingredients.

Ingredients needed

  • Frozen meatballs – Use your favorite frozen meatballs for this recipe. You could also use precooked homemade meatballs.
  • Bourbon – You can use whatever bourbon you have on hand.
  • Chili sauce – This can be found close to the ketchup at the grocery store.
  • Apricot preserves – Adds a sweetness to the meatballs.
Bag of frozen meatballs, bottle of chili sauce, apricot jam, and bourbon.

How to make bourbon meatballs in the slow cooker

Step one: Spray the inside of a slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Pour frozen meatballs into the slow cooker.

Frozen meatballs in a slow cooker.

Step two: In a large bowl add chili sauce, apricot preserves, and bourbon. Stir to combine.

Bowl of chili sauce and apricot preserves.

Step three: Pour the mixture over the frozen meatballs. Stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours.

Frozen meatballs in slow cooker with sauce.

How to serve

These meatballs can be served as an appetizer with a toothpick or small fork. You can also serve them as a meal with a side dish like mashed potatoes, rice, or stuffing.

They are also great to serve on a bun for a sandwich.

How to store leftovers

Store: Keep in leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days. I would not recommend refreezing them.

Reheat: They can be reheated in the slow cooker or in a saucepan on the stove until heated through.

Bowl of meatballs covered in sauce.

Be sure to let me know if you make this recipe in the comments. If you are looking for more inspiration, check out these 30 crockpot meals.

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Bourbon Meatballs

By Heather
This recipe for slow cooker bourbon meatballs is simple to make with just a few ingredients. A splash of bourbon adds delicious flavor to these meatballs that can be served as a meal or appetizer.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8


  • 1 slow cooker


  • 1 26 ounce bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 12 ounce chili sauce I like Heinz
  • 1 12 ounce apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup bourbon


  • Spray the inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  • In a large bowl, stir together chili sauce, apricot preserves, and bourbon.
  • Pour frozen meatballs in the slow cooker. Pour sauce mixture over meatballs and stir to coat. Cover the slow cooker and cook for 4 hours.



Calories: 35kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.03g | Protein: 0.03g | Fat: 0.03g | Saturated Fat: 0.01g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.003g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.01g | Cholesterol: 0.1mg | Sodium: 2mg | Potassium: 1mg | Fiber: 0.003g | Sugar: 0.02g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.02mg | Calcium: 0.04mg | Iron: 0.01mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
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  1. Hi!
    I haven’t made these yet. The recipe doesn’t indicate the whether the slow coocker setting should be low or high for 4 hours. I’ve noticed most slow coocker recipes do not have the setting.