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Bourbon BBQ Meatballs

I’m sharing #SausageFamily in my life as part of a Johnsonville sponsored series for Socialstars™.

Johnsonville Meatballs are a tasty new twist on an old favorite. I’m a big fan of meatballs. Whether they’re covered in red sauce on my spaghetti or slathered in a sweet and spicy coating for a game day food, meatballs are one of my favorite foods. Now they’re even better. Johnsonville meatballs go the same route as the Johnsonville “burgers” I’ve talked about in the past. They change the game in a delicious new way. So, I decided to use them in one of my favorite recipes… Bourbon BBQ Meatballs.

Johnsonville Meatballs

Johnsonville Meatballs – Fully Cooked and Full of Flavor

I love to make meatballs for a dinner or a game day snack, but what I don’t love is the process. It’s so involved, with all the ingredients and mixing and molding and trying to make sure they don’t fall apart. It’s a pain. With Johnsonville, I don’t have to fool with any of that business. Their delicious meatballs come fully cooked and ready to go. All I have to do is put them in my favorite dish, and I’m golden.

Johnsonville Meatballs come fully cooked, which is incredibly convenient. They also come in three tasty flavors – Original Italian, Homestyle, and Three Cheesee. Like all Johnsonville products, they’re made with premium cuts of pork, AND each bag has about 20 meatballs so there’s plenty to go around.

Family Meals are Fast with Johnsonville Meatballs

Like I said, I’m not all about cooking as a way to spend my time. When I cook, I want something that tastes good and that doesn’t take too long. That’s the biggest selling point for me with Johnsonville meatballs. They make cooking fast. I’ve started using them in my family’s favorite – spaghetti and meatballs – and they love it. It’s really good. I love it because it’s really fast. All I have to do is boil some noodles and heat up my favorite jarred sauce with the meatballs inside. Boom. Done. So far, I’ve used all three varieties, and they’re all winners. My favorite is the Three Cheese. Those are so good topped with spaghetti sauce.

One of my favorite holiday recipes are Bourbon BBQ Meatballs and the Johnsonville Meatballs are perfect for it.

Bourbon BBQ Meatballs

Bourbon BBQ Meatballs


  • 1 package of Johnsonville Original Italian Meatballs
  • 1 28oz bottle of sweet barbeque sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/2 cup of apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup of bourbon


  1. Pour all the liquid into a slow cooker and stir.
  2. Add meatballs.
  3. Make sure all of the meatballs get coated.
  4. Cook on low for 4 hours.

Bourbon Bar-B-Q Meatballs

Bourbon Bar-B-Q Meatballs



Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls

This is my recipe for Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls. It’s a new way to eat stuffing and they are easy, original and delicious. I’m sharing #SausageFamily in my life as part of a Johnsonville sponsored series for Socialstars™.

I’ve always been a big lover of Thanksgiving. It was the most laid back of holidays at my house. Dad would cook the turkey, Mom would be in charge of all of the side dishes. If a family member did come over, you usually had to sit through a diatribe about how their old school recipes were better than what you were cooking. For some reason, their recipes always included 75 ingredients and 5 days of prep work. But, it was always better!! The day pretty much unfolded like thisEat a great meal, watch some football and take a nap… Sounds like a little slice of heaven to me. I love the traditions of Thanksgiving, but my family and I decided to start making some of our own traditions and it started with the side dishes.

I’m all about green bean casserole, mashed potatoes and stuffing with gravy. My wife, daughter and I have been putting our own spin on some of these traditional Thanksgiving dishes. The one that is our favorite is Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls. You get all the great flavor of traditional stuffing, add mild Italian ground sausage, cheese and then put it in to a bite size form. These things are ridiculously good!! You can serve them as an appetizer with a side of gravy or cranberry sauce or let them replace the stuffing at the table all together.

Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage

Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls

Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls

Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls


  • 1 lb Johnsonville Mild Italian Sausage
  • 1/2 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 box Cornbread Stove Top Stuffing mix
  • 1 cup chicken broth
  • 2 eggs


  1. Preheat oven to 375. Line a cookie sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
  2. In a frying pan, cook sausage meat until crisp.
  3. Add in onion powder and stir.
  4. Remove from heat and let cool.
  5. In a large bowl, combine cheese and Cornbread Stove Top Stuffing.
  6. Stir in the cooked sausage mixture.
  7. Add in the chicken broth and 2 eggs. Stir well to combine.
  8. Use a tablespoon to scoop mixture and then roll into a ball and set on cookie sheet.
  9. Bake at 375 for about 15 minutes or until balls are cooked through and are browned.

Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls

Enjoy the Easy Johnsonville Sausage and Cheese Stuffing Balls!

Sriracha Honey Garlic Wings {Recipe}

I walked outside this morning around 7 am and felt a little nip in the air. I live in South Florida, so by nip in the air, I mean 67 degrees. But, I’ll take what I can get. One thing that I love to cook during the fall months are chicken wings! They’re perfect for a snack, dinner, the big game, entertaining, in the bathtub (Don’t judge!) and just about any other kind of occasion. When I get in the kitchen, I love to experiment and wings are a great test subject. I was feeling something sweet, spicy and with just a hint of garlic. So, I came up with an easy Sriracha Honey Garlic Wings Recipe.

Sriracha Honey Garlic Wings

I’m into anything spicy, but sometimes I like to balance out the heat with a little sweet and savory. Lately, I’ve cut out a lot of carbs and especially sugar. I want to be able to eat healthy, but still enjoy the foods that I really like. When you cut out the sugar, you realize that you are limited in the sweeteners that will work for baking. I’ve used honey and agave, I just think they still have a lot of calories and sugar that I don’t need. So, with this recipe I am trying Truvia® Nectar.

Truvia Nectar

Truvia® Nectar is the latest product in the Truvia® line of great-tasting sweeteners made with stevia leaf extract.

Truvia® Nectar is great for:

  • Hot and cold beverages
  • Oatmeal
  • Yogurt
  • Fruit
  • Baked goods
  • Sauces and dressings

My wings turned out amazing!

Sriracha Honey Garlic Wings


  • 3lbs. of thawed chicken wings
  • 1/4 cup Truvia® Nectar
  • 1/2 cup of Sriracha
  • 1 tbsp garlic (more to taste)


  1. Preheat oven to 450ºF.
  2. Line a baking sheet with non-stick aluminum foil.
  3. Pat chicken wings dry with paper towels and lay wings in a single layer.
  4. Bake wings for 20 minutes.
  5. Flip wings and bake for an additional 25 minutes or until crispy.
  6. Combine Truvía® Nectar, Sriracha and garlic in a large bowl.
  7. Gently toss wings in sauce until completely coated.


Sriracha Honey Garlic Wings

Click here to get a free sample of Truvía® Nectar.

Because Sometimes… You Just Need a BIG AZ Burger

I am a guy that is constantly on the go! I don’t always have time to overthink grabbing a quick bite to eat. Sometimes, I’m just looking for a fast and easy lunch, dinner or snack.  I’m not a big fan of most fast-food restaurants and sometimes it’s just impossible to cook. Recently, I found a tasty solution to my problem. A Big AZ Burger! Because sometimes… You just need a Big AZ Burger!!


No matter who you are, what you do, or when you want to eat, it’s good to know there’s a Big AZ burger in just about every convenience store in the country! That’s right, I didn’t misspell the second part of that word, I wrote “AZ”. I laugh every time I say it!

I had some friends over to watch football and I had a bunch of them already in the freezer. I was running late (Of Course!) and didn’t have time to grill anything. My buddies were all about it and they were perfect game time grub.

Big AZ Burgers are also great for:

  • A workday lunch hour
  • On your way home and you needto grab some dinner
  • Working the third shift with a lunch break that happens around 2:00 a.m
  • After a concert
  • When you just need a snack

I know, I know… “How can a burger or sandwich from a truck-stop or convenience store be good?” I used to play music for a living and I’ve eaten some REAL questionable things from quicky marts all over this country. These burgers and sandwiches are really, REALLY good! The buns are soft and flavorful. The meat has an amazing grilled flavor and they are packed with cheese. Lots and lots of cheese!!

Big AZ Kickin' Jalapeno Burger

I tried the Big AZ Cheeseburger, the Big AZ Chicken Sandwich and the Big AZ Kickin’ Jalapeno Burger (My Favorite!). They’re just as tasty as some $12 burgers I’ve had in the ever growing fast casual restaurants.

Big AZ Kickin' Jalapeno Burger

Oh yeah… and feel free to have some fun with the name, too. They do! #bigazsandwiches

Check them out on Facebook and they also have a lot of great promotions and a guide of all the places you can buy a Big AZ Burger Right Here.

When Are You Going To Try A Big AZ Burger!?!

This post is sponsored by Big AZ Burgers and Sandwiches. All opinions and love of burgers are my own.