Bourbon-Glazed Meatballs the Easy Way
By :Instant Pot Holiday Cookbook by Heather Schlueter
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Using pre-made frozen meatballs and store-bought barbecue sauce is definitely the fastest way to make these delicious sweet, tangy, and tasty cocktail treats. But if you have a great recipe for homemade meatballs and the time to make them, by all means use them here. There’s no need to brown the meatballs first if you’re making them from scratch, just don’t crowd them together too much in the pot.
Votes: 14
Rating: 4.57
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Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat, Seven Ingredients or Less
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient BBQ Sauce, Meatballs
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs (or use homemade meatballs)
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Chopped chives for serving
Cuisine Modern
Difficulty Easy
Browse Category Meat, Seven Ingredients or Less
Duration less than 15 min
Cooking Technique Pressure Cook
Main Ingredient BBQ Sauce, Meatballs
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Servings
10 servings
Ingredients
  • 1 lb frozen meatballs (or use homemade meatballs)
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce (store bought or homemade)
  • 1/4 cup bourbon
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • Chopped chives for serving
Votes: 14
Rating: 4.57
Rate this recipe!
Instructions
  1. Place all the ingredients in the Instant Pot inner pot and gently stir them together. Secure the lid, ensuring the valve is turned to the Sealing position. Press the Pressure Cook button and set the time to 5 minutes.
  2. When cooking is complete, turn the valve to the Venting position to release the pressure. Open the lid and stir the mixture in order to coat all the meatballs.
  3. Serve the meatballs from the Instant Pot, which should be set to the keep warm function.
25 replies
  1. Bg.gemini@gmail.com
    Bg.gemini@gmail.com says:

    Not hearing steam. Round 1…fizzled
    Round 2… heard steam very short period of time. I dont see it coming out of the pot though. I’ve been googling but the info is overwhelming

  2. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    The amount of steam produced is due to the amount of liquid in the inner pot. This can vary depending on the recipe. Simply let the pressure cooker come to pressure on its own, if there is an issue an error message will be displayed.

  3. ChopperLee
    ChopperLee says:

    Sat here wondering where I could find honey chopped chives when I realized that you missed a line break in the recipe.

  4. Jacqueimom17
    Jacqueimom17 says:

    I used this recipe and got a message “burn” on my instant pot. I removed everything checked the inner pot and inner plate. I started it again and got the same message. Any ideas??

  5. TGW22
    TGW22 says:

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  6. Smatt1993
    Smatt1993 says:

    Got burn message and now trying again and its taking forever to either come to pressure or its going to give me the burn message…
    I even added a little more bbq sauce for a little extra liquid.

  7. Sderrickson
    Sderrickson says:

    Used 1lb of frozen chicken meatballs in 2 cups of spaghetti sauce (needed a quick/foundation recipe)…were perfect, i’ll def try out the bourbon glaze as well!

  8. Gary
    Gary says:

    Same as a few others. Got a “burn” message straight away despite mixing everything up well. After restarting, I got the burn message again. Guess I won’t be doing this again.

  9. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi Gary,

    Remember to always deglaze your Instant Pot before restarting. If this step isn’t done, this could cause bits of food pieces to stick to the bottom, causing the “burn” message to appear.

  10. christy holter
    christy holter says:

    What type of bourbon is used? And using it in cooking removes the alcohol, right? Can you tell I’m new to this?

  11. Instant Pot
    Instant Pot says:

    Hi christy,

    Yes, when the bourbon is cooking with the rest of the ingredients, the alcohol content will evaporate since it’s cooking at a high enough temperature. It is to your preference, so any bourbon will do.

  12. Taylork45
    Taylork45 says:

    Based on the messages i anticipated the “BURN” message and as expected it appears. I waited it out, the error message went away and I finished the meal. Very tasty. However I probably won’t make again unless I find a way to make the error message not appear

  13. Pianoman16
    Pianoman16 says:

    I’ve made these a few times now. I got the “burn” message thr first few times. As some of the previous message say, thoroughly stiring everything BEFORE cooking is key. Make sure all the meatballs are evenly coated. I haven’t gotten the “burn” message since.

  14. Scottrok
    Scottrok says:

    I have used a trivet+steamer basket to pressure cook meatballs 1st, then add BBQ sauce, heat and warm. 1-1.5 cups of water (pressure cook 5 minutes on high) about 2 pounds of store bought frozen turkey meatballs. I naturally release steam a few minutes, then quick release ). After checking meatballs with a thermometer, drain water then add meeatballs and BBQ sauce/liquids to heat and keep warm for serving.

  15. Rkeller700
    Rkeller700 says:

    Very easy to prepare! Used frozen meatballs and added 1 1/2 cups of water and didn’t get the burn notice.

  16. r3d3c3
    r3d3c3 says:

    Simple and easy recipe! I made my own meatballs and froze them. Turned out great with no “burn ” message. I think the trick is to make sure you mix the meatballs with the sauce very well before pressure cooking.

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