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Slow Cooker Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

The meatball obsession continues. This time with a spicy chicken version based on the classic beer can chicken. So, I guess I should start by saying I never knew there was actually arguments/controversies surrounding the methods behind beer can chicken. Does it work, does it flavor the chicken? Well, one of these days I will give it a try, but in the meantime I decided on a foolproof (at least in my mind) method of getting the beer can taste (well, just the beer taste I guess) into the chicken… bake it right into some meatballs!!

Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

There are now lots of seasoning blends out there that you can pick up pretty much anywhere that claim to have a beer flavor. I’ve tried a few and like them! This time I used I used this kind by Weber which you can get on Amazon or even at Wal-Mart or I imagine most grocery stores. Add it to some ground chicken along with some traditional meatball ingredients and you are well on your way to having the newest way to eat chicken!

Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

Oh yes, but let’s not forget the sauce. You’ve got to add a little of your favorite beer to kick it up a notch. Let it cook low and slow all day for some tender and totally flavor packed meatballs.

Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

Slow Cooker Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

Jennifer Draper
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 7 hours 20 minutes
Total Time 7 hours 40 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 263 kcal


  • 1 pound ground chicken
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 teaspoons beer can chicken seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon parsley
  • 1 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1/2 cup beer
  • 2 tablespoons cornstarch
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt & pepper


  • Mix together panko bread crumbs and milk and let sit for 5 minutes
  • Add the softened breadcrumbs to the chicken, egg, seasoning and parsley in a large bowl
  • Use hands to mix together well
  • Form into 12 equal sized meatballs
  • Place in slow cooker
  • Add broth and beer
  • Cover and cook on low for 6-8 hours or high for 3-4
  • Remove meatballs and strain liquid into a saucepan
  • Whisk together cornstarch and water and add to broth in saucepan
  • Bring to a low boil over medium high heat, reduce heat as it thickens for about 5-7 minutes
  • Add 1 tablespoon of cream for a creamier sauce if desired
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve sauce with meatballs 


I cooked these on low for 7 hours in my 4 quart multi cooker
Optional: Saute meatballs in 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil for 3-4 minutes on each side to brown before adding to slow cooker


Calories: 263kcalCarbohydrates: 12gProtein: 25gFat: 11gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 140mgSodium: 181mgPotassium: 739mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 115IUCalcium: 76mgIron: 2mg
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Spicy Beer Can Chicken Meatballs

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  1. I tried to make this today and it was a bowl of mush and the meat mixture stuck to my hands, it was impossible to make meatballs. I thought I followed the recipe exactly, what could I have done wrong? This looks really good and I’d like to try again. Any suggestions would be very much appreciated. Thank you

    1. My meatball mixture does tend to be very soft and sticky (to make the best juicy meatballs). If it gets a little too warm it can be hard to roll, so I’d suggest sticking in the freezer for 10-20 minutes and then trying to roll them.

  2. 5 stars
    I know what I’m making soon! I wish I’d seen this before I went to the store today. I’m getting so tired of eating plain chicken breast all the time (I’m trying to lose weight) so these meatballs would be a very welcome change of pace. That sauce/gravy/whatever you wanna call it looks amazing.

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