Whiskey-Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

Lightly glazed with a delectably sweet and tangy sauce, these baked cocktail meatballs are sure to be a hit at any party. Our sauce combines Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey with ketchup, brown sugar, apricot jam and a splash of cider vinegar, but feel free to use your favorite whiskey or bourbon to add the signature flavor that makes this appetizer such a winner.

Whiskey Glazed Cocktail Meatball Appetizer Recipes

Whiskey-Glazed Cocktail Meatballs

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A favorite at every party, these easy-to-make appetizer meatballs are coated with a sweet, tangy sauce made with ketchup, brown sugar, apricot jam and whiskey.


  • 1 lb ground pork, or turkey
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons light cream or half-and-half
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 clove garlic, very finely chopped (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

For the sauce:

  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey, see notes for substitutions
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons apricot jam
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper


  • Preheat the oven to 450°F, line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil and coat with nonstick spray.
  • Combine the panko and cream in a mixing bowl and set aside for 5 minutes to allow the panko to soften before adding the egg, garlic, salt and a few grinds of black pepper. Whisk until well blended, then add the meat.
  • Gently mix the meat with the other ingredients until thoroughly combined, then form into 1 to 1-1/4-inch meatballs and arrange them on the prepared baking pan.
  • Bake the meatballs until lightly browned and cooked through, 10 to 12 minutes. Using tongs, turn them once about midway through the cooking time for even browning.
  • While the meatballs bake, place the ketchup, brown sugar, whiskey, vinegar and apricot jam in a large skillet. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly. Immediately reduce the heat to medium and season to taste with salt and pepper.
  • Continue cooking, stirring frequently, until the mixture has reduced and thickened to the consistency of a thick syrup, 3 to 4 minutes.
    Note: Because of its high sugar content, it’s important to watch the sauce carefully to avoid burning.
  • Once the meatballs are done, add them to the sauce mixture and stir to coat. Continue cooking, stirring often, until they’re nicely glazed, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer to a serving platter and serve with picks.

Tips for Making This Recipe

Jack Daniels Tennessee Honey is a blend of whiskey and honey liqueur with a sweet, smoky flavor. You can easily substitute your favorite whiskey, then taste and add 1 or 2 teaspoons of honey if desired.
Calories: 178kcal, Carbohydrates: 11g, Protein: 11g, Fat: 9g, Saturated Fat: 4g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 317mg, Sugar: 8g
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