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Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

The BIG game day is coming soon! I know you need the PERFECT and easy dish to share! I have it and you’ll love it and you WILL BE THE STAR OF THE PARTY with Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders! Promise!

My dear team The Titans are out of the race already – but it’s a ‘no nevermind’ because I’m sitting here chomping on my Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders. So simple and easy and …. OH DON’T LET ME FORGET TO SAY DELICIOUS! Plus – make them in the crockpot – what could be easier?

Simply cook down some Tennessee whiskey and throw it all in the crockpot until game time. Then, you are ready to go! Load up your crock pot, buns and some cute little toothpicks and your dish is COVERED for the party! TOUCHDOWN!

Simple Easy Tennessee Whiskey Sliders

Simple Easy Tennessee Whiskey Sliders

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Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

THE RECIPE FOR Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

Tennessee Whiskey meatball sub sliders

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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: meatball sliders, tennessee whiskey meatballs
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 240kcal


  • 1 Cup Tennessee Whiskey I used Jack Daniels
  • ½ cup Strawberry Jam - the best kind you can find- I used homemade
  • ¼ Cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ Cup Tabasco Sauce I used Cholulas
  • ½ Cup Thick Red sweet barbecue sauce I used “Bone Sucking” sauce - but any will be fine
  • ¼ Cup Molasses I like the organic type
  • ¼ Cup water
  • 2 Tbs garlic powder
  • 2 Tbs onion powder
  • 2 Tbs Chipotle Chili powder
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 package of 28 Frozen Italian Meatballs
  • Green onions for garnish


  • In a small sauce pan, heat the Tennessee Whiskey over medium heat until reduced by ½ (no need to measure exactly - just eyeball it). Just fyi - this makes a smell in your house - but don’t skip this step - makes for flavor.
  • In a medium sized mixing bowl,whisk together all the ingredients except the meatballs.
  • Place meatballs into crock pot and pour the whisked sauce over the top. Mix again with a spoon to make sure all the meatballs are coated.
  • Heat crockpot on High for 4 hours or Low for 8. Serve on slider buns (we like to use the King's Hawaiian Rolls as buns). Garnish with chopped green onions.


Use the meatballs found on loaves and dishes for better taste


Nutrition Facts
Tennessee Whiskey meatball sub sliders
Amount Per Serving
Calories 240
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

TIPS AND TRICKS FOR Tennessee Whiskey Meatball Sliders

  • I realize strawberry jam is a weird ingredient – but it works – trust me. You really could use just about any kind of jam – grape and/or apricot work well too but lend a different flavor – I think the strawberry tastes best
  • The boiling whiskey is not a good smell – just hang in there – it will soon be over and you can open a kitchen window or something. You could always sip a little while it cooks down – then you might not care.
  • If you are concerned about the amount of alcohol in this recipe – then please do not serve them to children – but really – between reducing the whiskey and then simmering in the crockpot for hours – the alcohol is not discernable- only the flavoring.
  • It’s fine to use frozen meatballs and you don’t have to thaw them first.
  • This recipe is a little spicy. Please please though, don’t leave the chili powder out altogether and don’t substitute regular chili powder. The chipotle has a distinct smoky flavor that would be totally amiss if you left it out. If you like less spice – then use 1 Tbs instead. You might want to just try a different recipe – because if you ask me – the Chipotle pepper is what makes this recipe. In fact, THESE meatballs are much less spicy and really yummy too. THESE aren’t spicy at all – and are DELICIOUS – but a little more work. You could try THEM instead and be perfectly happy!

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And HERE is the fun part! I have written this post teaming up with some of my football blogger friends. This is one final collaboration to bring you some brilliant Big Game recipe ideas. We’ve made appetizers, entrees, desserts and even drinks. Prepare to be inspired, and be sure to check out their links below! I hope you will follow some of these links and check out some other TERRIFIC Game Day Recipes!


Classic Potato Salad by Celebrating Family
Chili Cheese Burritos by Love Bakes Good Cakes
Fruit Spring Rolls with Key Lime Cheesecake Dip by Body Rebooted
Slow Cooker Buffalo Chicken Sliders by Dash of Herbs
Mediterranean Seven Layer Dip by The Culinary Compass
Chicks in a Blanket with Apricot Sauce by Mom’s Messy Miracles
Jalapeno Pale Ale Chili by Beer Girl Cooks
Jalapeno Popper Pull Apart Bread by The Life Jolie
Sausage Pepperoni Pizza Dip by Feast + West
Baked Southwestern Egg Rolls by Family Food on the Table
Mini Bacon Ranch Cheese Balls by Honey & Birch
Cookie Dough Cheese Ball by Bread Booze Bacon
Hawaiian Pizza Jalapeno Poppers by Love & Flour
Meatloaf Sliders by Foodtastic Mom
Wonton Taco Cups by A Mind Full Mom
Pancetta and Smoked Mozzarella Arancini by The Secret Ingredient Is
Bean and Cheese Taco Bites by The BakerMama
Monte Cristo Poppers by See Aimee Cook
Chile Beer Sangria by Cake ‘n Knife
Low Carb Stuffed Crust Pizza by Sustaining the Powers
Puff Pastry Pizza Bites by The Mexitalian
No Churn Pistachio Baklava Ice Cream by Club Narwhal
Roasted Jalapeno Poppers by Off the Eaten Path
Buffalo Cauliflower Mac and Cheese by Hello Little Home
Jalapeno Popper Chicken Wings by Around My Family Table
Gluten Free Bread Sticks by What A Girl Eats
Cheesy Beef Dip by Polka Dotted Blue Jay
Buffalo Chicken Deviled Eggs by The Crumby Cupcake
Greek Meatballs by Two Places at Once
Baked Taco Empanadas by Simplify, Live, Love
Cheese Sticks by Coffee Love Travel
Bacon Wrapped Blue Cheese Meatballs by West via Midwest
Puff Pastry Bacon Pizza Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Skillet Chicken Queso Dip by foodbyjonister
Spicy Sausage Rolls by Peanut Blossom
Protein Dark Chocolate Truffles by The Creative Bite
Chickpea Pepper Cheese Poppers by Bucket List Tummy
Maple Cranberry Apple Sangria by Order in the Kitchen
Meyer Lemon Shandies by The Speckled Palate
Game Day Fried Deviled Eggs with Chow Chow Relish by For the Love of Food
Buffalo Chicken Eggrolls by Simple and Savory
Pimento Mac and Cheese Squares by Lauren’s Kitchen
Pastrami Nachos by A Little Gathering
Shrimp Ceviche Dip by Glisten and Grace
Football Bourbon Balls + Boozy Lemonade by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Apple Cider Mimosas With A Sparkly Sugar Rim by And She Cooks
Pulled Pork Stuffed Corn Dogs by Nik Snacks
Easy Pepperoni Rolls by Me and My Pink Mixer
Real Boneless Chicken Wings by Macheesmo
Califlower Tater Tots by Living Well Kitchen
Cheeseburger Naan Pizza by Shaws Simple Swaps
Red Velvet Ginger Rum Balls by Cafe Terra
Crab Rangoon by Brunch-n-Bites
Sweet n’ Spicy BBQ Popcorn by Life’s Ambrosia
Buffalo Chicken Rolls by Loves Food, Loves to Eat
Crowd Pleasing Steak Fajita Dip by Lizzy is Dizzy
Sriracha Hummus Pinwheel Sandwiches by Casa de Crews
Simlple Meatball Sub Sliders by Loaves & Dishes
Maple-Mustard Bacon Chicken Bites by An Oregon Cottage
Soft Pretzels with Beer Cheese & Honey Mustard Dipping Sauces by A Simpler Grace
Ricotta Stuffed Sausage Meatballs by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen

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Isaiah 28

In that day the Lord Almighty

   will be a glorious crown,

a beautiful wreath

   for the remnant of his people.

6 He will be a spirit of justice

   to the one who sits in judgment,

a source of strength

   to those who turn back the battle at the gate.

7 And these also stagger from wine

   and reel from beer:

Priests and prophets stagger from beer

   and are befuddled with wine;

they reel from beer,

   they stagger when seeing visions,

   they stumble when rendering decisions.

8 All the tables are covered with vomit

   and there is not a spot without filth.

9 “Who is it he is trying to teach?

   To whom is he explaining his message?

To children weaned from their milk,

   to those just taken from the breast?

10 For it is:

   Do this, do that,

 a rule for this, a rule for that;

   a little here, a little there.”

11 Very well then, with foreign lips and strange tongues

   God will speak to this people,

12 to whom he said,

   “This is the resting place, let the weary rest”;

and, “This is the place of repose”—

   but they would not listen.

13 So then, the word of the Lord to them will become:

   Do this, do that,

   a rule for this, a rule for that;

   a little here, a little there—

so that as they go they will fall backward;

   they will be injured and snared and captured.


Therefore hear the word of the Lord, you scoffers

   who rule this people in Jerusalem.

15 You boast, “We have entered into a covenant with death,

   with the realm of the dead we have made an agreement.

When an overwhelming scourge sweeps by,

 it cannot touch us,

for we have made a lie our refuge

   and falsehood our hiding place.”

16 So this is what the Sovereign Lord says:

“See, I lay a stone in Zion, a tested stone,

   a precious cornerstone for a sure foundation;

the one who relies on it

   will never be stricken with panic.

17 I will make justice the measuring line

   and righteousness the plumb line;

hail will sweep away your refuge, the lie,

   and water will overflow your hiding place.

18 Your covenant with death will be annulled;

   your agreement with the realm of the dead will not stand.

When the overwhelming scourge sweeps by,

   you will be beaten down by it.

19 As often as it comes it will carry you away;

   morning after morning, by day and by night,

   it will sweep through.”

The understanding of this message

 will bring sheer terror.

20 The bed is too short to stretch out on,

   the blanket too narrow to wrap around you.

21 The Lord will rise up as he did at Mount Perazim,

   he will rouse himself as in the Valley of Gibeon—

to do his work, his strange work,

   and perform his task, his alien task.

22 Now stop your mocking,

   or your chains will become heavier;

the Lord, the Lord Almighty, has told me

   of the destruction decreed against the whole land.

23 Listen and hear my voice;

   pay attention and hear what I say.

24 When a farmer plows for planting, does he plow continually?

   Does he keep on breaking up and working the soil?

25 When he has leveled the surface,

   does he not sow caraway and scatter cumin?

Does he not plant wheat in its place,

   barley in its plot,

   and spelt in its field?

26 His God instructs him

   and teaches him the right way.

27 Caraway is not threshed with a sledge,

   nor is the wheel of a cart rolled over cumin;

caraway is beaten out with a rod,

   and cumin with a stick.

28 Grain must be ground to make bread;

   so one does not go on threshing it forever.

The wheels of a threshing cart may be rolled over it,

   but one does not use horses to grind grain.

29 All this also comes from the Lord Almighty,

   whose plan is wonderful,

   whose wisdom is magnificent.



Wendi is the writer, CEO and dishwasher at Loaves and Dishes! When not in the kitchen or behind the computer, you can find Wendi serving on International Food Conference Boards, Speaking at various conferences, Leading and Cooking for the local Arts Council's "Taste of Stokes" events or donating home cooked goodies to various local non profits such as the Danbury Songwriters and Stokes Partnership for Children. Wendi is also a Registered Nurse with a Master's Degree and serves on her town's board of councilmen.

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G Market

Thursday 13th of May 2021

Thanks for your nice post I really like it and appreciate it.

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 13th of May 2021

You are very welcome


Friday 2nd of February 2018

Right on the money!


Friday 28th of July 2017

I immediately got hungry as soon as I saw that first picture. My mouth is literally watering. Heading to the store now to test out if these taste as good as they look!

Wendi Spraker

Monday 31st of July 2017

Hi Evan! I hope it turned out perfectly for you! Thank you for stopping by and I hope you come back again REALLY super soon!

Kathleen Calado

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Didn't know you could do this with meatballs! Thanks for sharing this.

Wendi Spraker

Tuesday 11th of July 2017

Hi Kathleen! Thanks for the comment. I hope you will give them a try.

Linda @ 2 Cookin Mamas

Thursday 9th of March 2017

These sliders look delicious! I love to make them as well but hadn't thought of adding strawberry jelly. Reminds me of the cocktail meatballs with cranberry sauce. Bet they go fast!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 9th of March 2017

Hey there Linda! I carried them to a New Years Eve party and they were gone in minutes! You are so right- adding the strawberry jam came from that classic cocktail wiener recipe. :). Good sleuthing!


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