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    Drunken Meatballs - bourbon substitute?

    Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:14 pm Groupie
    Hi all. I know this subject has probably been talked about before but I wanted an answer specific to a recipe.
    I am thinking of making Drunken Meatballs

    - I have Jack Daniels in the house that's well aged from the last time I made a recipe with it. Given the amount in the recipe would you substitute it for the bourbon or would it change the recipe too much.
    - I plan on doing them in the crockpot so also wondering if, given the amount in the recipe and my plans to double the sauce as suggested in the reviews, would the alcohol be too much for teenagers (we have no young kids coming to the party). Perhaps double the other ingredients and leave the bourbon/Jack the same?
    Sat Dec 28, 2013 4:57 pm
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    I would not double up on the Bourbon/JD for the sauce if you are going to serve it to teens, just all the other sauce ingredients.
    Bourbon is made from corn (Kentucky Bourbon)
    JD Tennessee whiskey is made from rye and other grains

    They are different, but I'm not sure anyone will notice the difference in a cocktail meatball sauce (unless they are a Bourbon drinker icon_wink.gif )
    Sat Dec 28, 2013 5:09 pm
    Forum Host
    Just a thought - when I use wine in a crockpot, I always reduce it - it intensifies the flavor and also drives off most of the alcohol, which prevents a raw alcohol taste in the finished dish. I am thinking this might be more important when using spirits. It's really the flavor you want, not the alcohol, Just be careful when reducing, as the fumes can catch fire - flambe on your stove!
    Sat Dec 28, 2013 7:05 pm Groupie
    Thanks gals. I ended up this morning deciding to just do the usual sweet & sour meatballs and they went over well. We only had 3 teenagers and the rest were adults but thought I should go with what I know instead.
    I still want to try this recipe but will perhaps do it for our family on New years eve and find out if we like the taste before doing it for a big crowd.
    I will keep in mind not to double the alcohol. Given that none of us are bourbon drinkers I am sure we will not notice the difference.
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