Timber 2 Table - Venison Meatballs with Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Appetizer Recipe

This quick-and-easy appetizer is perfect for Christmas or New Year's parties.

Venison Meatballs with Bourbon Cranberry Sauce Appetizer Recipe

30 Min

Prep Time

25 Min

Cook Time





While cranberry sauce may be most associated with Thanksgiving, this version made with fresh cranberries and bourbon is great for any occasion. For parties, we love to make up a batch of savory venison meatballs and drizzle them with the sweet and tart sauce.

Forget the can, the best cranberry sauce starts with fresh cranberries.



2 pounds ground venison

2 eggs beaten

2 shallots diced

½ cup Italian bread crumbs

½ cup parmesan cheese

1 clove garlic minced

1 tablespoon fresh flat leafed parsley, finely chopped

2 teaspoons salt

1 teaspoon black pepper

Bourbon cranberry sauce

24 ounces of fresh cranberries

2/3 c. white sugar

1 1/3 c. brown sugar

3/4 c. fresh squeezed orange juice

3/4 c. water

3 Tbsp. bourbon (or to taste)

Cooking Instructions

Add Evan Williams Outdoorsman Edition Bourbon to taste.

While the sauce simmers, start the meatballs by mixing all ingredients well in a large bowl. Roll mixture into 1- to 1.5-inch balls and place on a parchment-lined baking sheet.

Blend the meatball ingredients in a large bowl.

Toss the meatballs in the bourbon cranberry sauce or plate and spoon sauce over.