Oktoberfest is something I always look forward to. I mean, who doesn’t love beer, sausage, and pretzels? It’s like someone threw all of my favorite things together and said, “All right, now let’s get our party on! Oh, and here’s a little bit of sauerkraut to make it even better!” While these simple crockpot meatballs, made using Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Cookin’ Sauce, certainly don’t contain sauerkraut, they are still more than ready for a party. You can cheat and cook the meatballs in an oven like I did, or you can stand in front of the stove browning them up in a skillet. I suggest the stove method. Be lazy; save yourself some time.
Speaking of saving time, this Cookin’ Sauce is a real time-saver; one that I recommend to anyone. I shared my Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That Crockpot Chili recipe with y’all several weeks ago using another one of Stubb’s Cookin’ Sauces, and this one is just as flavorful as that one, without crazy unreadable ingredients involved. Just add beer and a few other ingredients to make these fall-inspired meatballs for your next party, Oktoberfest celebration, or Crockpot Monday dinner. Or, if you’re like B.O.B. Bob and I, you can just eat them at midnight, along with a side of mozzarella cheese, after finally coming in from some late-night Halloween decorating.
We seriously got a whole heck of a lot done this weekend in the yard, thanks to several friends who stopped by to lend a helping hand. (Big gigantic thanks and hugs to Amelia, James, Linda, and Al for all of your help!) I can’t wait to share some pictures of it with y’all. I’ll be posting pictures willy-nilly on Instagram this week, which will show off a few of the things we Halloweenified over the weekend. For me, the major accomplishment was installing the Scottish Skelton Clan Army beach-themed Whispering Tombstone Cove. All my clansmen are out, gussied up for the occasion, and awaiting tombstones and final fluffing. That’s right y’all, I’m a skeleton fluffer. I know, I know, it sounds a little crazy, perverted, and odd, but hey, I’m darn good at it. Now, if I could just get someone to pay me for it. That would be a dream job. Imagine B.O.B. Bob and I getting paid to do Halloween. Halloween Fluffer Extraordinaires!
- 1 1/2 Pounds Ground Beef
- 1 Cup Panko Bread Crumbs
- 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
- 1 Tablespoon Cream-Style Horseradish
- Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Spice Packet
- 6 Carrots
- 1 Shallot
- 1 (12-oz.) Oktoberfest Beer
- Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Sauce Packet
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Cover a large baking sheet with foil; set aside.
- In a large bowl, use your hands to mix together the ground beef, panko bread crumbs, mustard, horseradish, and spice packet.
- Use a cookie scoop to measure out each meatball and then use the palms of your hands to roll each scoop of seasoned ground beef into a ball. Place the meatballs on the foil-lined baking sheet.
- Bake for 20 minutes.
- Cut the carrots into 1/4-inch slices and finely mince the shallot.
- Place the sliced carrots, minced shallot, Oktoberfest beer, and sauce packet in a crockpot; stir until combined.
- Add the meatballs to the sauce, gently stir, and then cook on low heat for 8 hours.
- You can find Stubb’s Smokehouse Bourbon Cookin’ Sauce in most markets.
- Serve over buttered egg noodles or rice.
- If you like this recipe, you should also try Ain’t Nobody Got Time For That Crockpot Chili, which uses Stubb’s Chili Fixins Cookin’ Sauce.
- Add a clove or two of crushed garlic to the meatball sauce.
- Replace the ground beef in this recipe with ground pork.
- Make your life easier and invest in a high-quality cookie scoop. This OXO® Good Grips Cookie Dough Scoop is the one I use and love.
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*Faith, Hope, Love, & Luck did not receive monetary compensation for this post, however, the kind people at Stubb’s did provide several free coupons in exchange for my honest opinion of their product.
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