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Whiskey Meatballs

Sometimes you just need comfort food to finish off the day - and this recipe does that perfectly. The couscous is filling while the whiskey puts fire in your belly, keeping you warm on a chilly evening.


  • A 20 pack of ready-made cooked meatballs
  • 120ml ketchup
  • 85g brown sugar
  • 60ml bourbon whiskey
  • 1 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pepper
  • 2 large carrots
  • 2 small red onions
  • 1 courgette
  • 240g couscous

What you'll need

  • cast iron pot and stainless steel pot
  • wooden spoon
  • knife
  • peeler
  • chopping board
  • plastic bowl and plate
  • oven gloves


Get a fire on the go.

Pour the ketchup, brown sugar, whiskey, lemon juice and Worcestershire sauce into a large cast iron pot and mix well. Stir in the meatballs, making sure they're all nicely covered in the whiskey sauce.

Find 4 flat rocks and place them in a square next to the fire, leaving gaps between the rocks. Check the pot balances nicely on the rocks and carefully scoop embers in through the gaps.

Place your pot on the hot rocks, cover with the lid and leave to simmer away for an hour or so, stirring a couple of times. Make sure the dish doesn't boil too vigorously, or you'll burn away all that lovely whiskey!

Meanwhile, peel and chop the carrots, onions and the rest of the veg. Once an hour is up, add these to the pot, stir and cover again for another half hour to an hour. If the food is bubbling too much, carefully move the pot a little further from the fire.

Fill a medium sized stainless steel pot with water, cover with a lid and place near the fire. Allow to boil (this shouldn't take too long if your fire is really hot). Place the couscous in a plastic bowl, pour over the boiling water and then cover with a plate. The water should be double as high as the amount of couscous in the bowl. Then cover and leave. This should only really take 5-7 minutes to cook.

Once your whiskey meatballs have cooked and the couscous is ready, carefully spoon into bowls and enjoy!

NB: You could prepare this dish at home and just finish the cooking on the fire if you know you'll be pressed for time or are uncertain about the weather!

Recipe by Outdoor Chics