Meatballs are one diverse food. First of all, it doesn’t matter what kind of meat you use: beef, pork, chicken, turkey, or tofu, they are fun size morsels that can be dunked or simmered with a variety of sauces to delight the tastebuds. Using Smokin’ Mary Bloody Mary Mix as a base for your meatballs gives these little treats a kick that will be sure to start a meal off right.
We like to make appetizer meatballs for an impressive pre-game snack. We like to bake the meatballs, but you can cook them in a slow cooker or InstaPot as well.
Holy Smokin’ Meatballs!
Start making the sauce first so it can reduce to half.
Mix in a saucepan:
- 1 1/2 c brown sugar
- 1/2 c Bourbon
- 1 1/2 c Smokin Mary mix
- 2 Tbsp molasses
- 2 Tbsp honey
While simmering and stirring occasionally, start making the meatballs below.
- 1 lb hamburger
- 1 lb Italian sausage (hot or mild)
- 1 c sour cream
- 2 Tbsp Smokin Mary mix
- 1 egg
- 2 Tbsp minced garlic
- 1/4 chopped onions
- 2 sleeves Ritz crackers
- 1/2 c Feta cheese
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
In food processor, mix sausage, 1/2 of the hamburger meat, sour cream, Smokin’ Mary mix, egg, onions and garlic. Process into a puree.
Transfer to bowl.
Add Ritz to the processor and grind to a fine crumb. Add to bowl with others ingredients. Mix together with a wooden spoon. Next, add the remaining hamburger meat.
Make 1 inch balls and place on a cookie sheet.
Bake 20 minutes, then flip each ball and bake for additional 15 minutes (until both sides are nicely browned).
Mix with sauce and serve.