Ok jockeys, quit horsing around it’s time for some Kentucky Derby Themed recipes.  I’ve got the Triple Crown of recipes for you now, so bear with me!

First up we’re serving Bourbon Meatballs which you’ll find have an exquisite sweet heat to them.  We started with Mom’s Meatloaf, found in our Meat Department.  Place the meatloaf in a bowl and mix together with finely chopped onion then form into 1″ balls (use a small scoop to help make uniform size).  Heat some olive oil in a skillet and brown each of the meatballs, then transfer to a baking sheet and place into your preheated oven (at 350F) until cooked through.   Next up we are going to work on our bourbon sauce.

To make the bourbon sauce, you’re going to need apricot preserves, brown sugar, barbecue sauce, hot chili sauce, molasses, water, and bourbon.  Tempting as it may be to drink, you need to save at least some of the bourbon for the sauce.  Combine each of the ingredients in a skillet and bring to a simmer.  Heat for about 10 minutes or until the sauce is thick.

Once the sauce is completed and the meatballs are cooked, throw (or place gently) in the skillet with the sauce and toss until thoroughly coated.  Then they are ready to eat.

Check out the recipe here for a full list of ingredient/instructions!


Next up we have Kentucky Hot Brown Sliders, which are actually quite similar to one of our most popular recipes, Mini Ham Sammiches, just with a little more Southern kick. Here is what you need: King’s Hawaiian Rolls (my favorite), mayo, deli turkey slices, bacon, gruyere cheese, grated parmesan, diced pimentos, melted butter, brown sugar, Worcestershire and garlic powder.

Spray a 9×13 pan with cooking spray.  Sliced your rolls in half, and place the bottom half on the pan and spread with butter.

Add your slices of turkey followed by your slices of bacon.

Next up add your Gruyere cheese and your grated parmesan.

Then add the other half of your rolls onto the top of your other ingredients.

Now we have our sauce.  In a small skillet, melt your butter over medium heat then add the onion and cook until tender. Mix in the brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, and garlic powder. Stir until the brown sugar has dissolved. Then pour your concoction over the top of the sandwiches.

Cover with foil and place in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. You can let these sit a couple of hours to overnight if you want to make ahead of time.  When you are about ready to eat, preheat oven to 350 degrees. Bake COVERED for 25 minutes. Remove the foil and bake for another 5 minutes.  Done.

Last but not least we need to talk about a Southern favorite cocktail, the Mint Julep.  This recipe is very simple, all you need is simple syrup, crushed ice, fresh mint sprigs,  and bourbon, of course.   Simply place the 4-5 leaves from the  mint springs at the bottom of a glass and pour 1 oz. of simple syrup over the mint.  Muddle/crush the mint leaves into the simple syrup, which releases the natural mint flavor.  Next pour by 2.5 oz. of bourbon.  Lastly, add crushed ice to your glass, and voila.  You’re ready to party.

The Derby is on Saturday May 5th (Cinco de Mayo) so let’s break out the derby hats and these new recipes and enjoy a good old fashioned horse race!


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