We get to enjoy a large variety of deep, rich flavors when fall and winter come along. After all, it鈥檚 really not all about the pumpkin spice; apples make an appearance in mouthwatering, savory apple recipes, our maple syrup game is strong and sage takes the stage in every holiday stuffing. Another ingredient that warms us up is whiskey 鈥 OH YES. Adding a splash of bourbon (a type of American whiskey) to a sweet and sticky sauce or drizzling a little into a normally bland veggie side can *really* amp things up. Want to make waves at the dinner table this week? Here are 15 recipes with whiskey that no one will pass on (except maybe the kiddos).

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1. Bacon Honey Bourbon Chicken Meatballs: If you鈥檙e looking to jazz things up at the dinner table, these tender chicken meatballs are the perfect thing. Not only are they easy to put together, but they鈥檙e simmered in an out-of-this-world honey bourbon barbecue sauce that can鈥檛 be matched. (via Gal on a Mission)

2. Dry-Rubbed Ribs With Bourbon-Spiked BBQ Sauce: These perfectly spiced ribs are wonderfully messy and super easy to make 鈥 they don鈥檛 even require a grill. Rather, they鈥檙e baked in the oven to perfection and then slathered with a finger-lickin鈥 barbecue sauce. (via Supergolden Bakes)

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3. Muenster, Apple and Maple Bourbon Bacon Grilled Cheese: Innovative gourmet grilled cheese creations have been all the rage for a few years now. This 鈥榳ich takes the whole 鈥済rown-up grilled cheese鈥 thing to a higher level with the addition of bourbon. (via Fit Foodie Finds)

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4. Bourbon-Basted Cheese Burgers: No one can deny a crowd-pleasing burger like this one. These tender meat patties are basted with a sweet and deeply flavored bourbon sauce, then topped with lettuce, tomatoes and super melty cheese. (via Simply Delicious)

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5. Best Ever Vegan Baked Beans: If you鈥檝e ever wondered how to whip up a knock-your-socks-off baked bean side, this is the way to go. As if the inclusion of blackstrap molasses wasn鈥檛 amazing enough, bourbon is splashed into the mix. It鈥檚 so good, you might even skip the meat. (via Connoisseurus Veg)

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6. Bourbon Chicken: Sticky and yummy bourbon sauces certainly aren鈥檛 reserved for pork and beef 鈥 this tender chicken *thrives* in a garlicky ginger-laced bourbon sauce. Serve it atop a bed of fluffy rice or hearty noodles and you鈥檙e set. (via Chef Savvy)

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7. Bourbon Cured Salmon With Dill and Fennel: Easy recipes are everywhere, and they鈥檙e great, but sometimes gettin鈥 a little fancy is nice too. That鈥檚 why we encourage this fresh Alaskan salmon cured with bourbon. An appetizer has never been SO worth the wait. (via The Crepes of Wrath)

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8. Grilled Maple Bourbon Glazed Panzanella Salad: Salads can be so much more than your average garden blend these days, and for that we are thankful. Not only are we turning salads into full and exciting meals, but we鈥檙e grilling them 鈥 and in this wonderful case, adding a splash of boozy goodness. (via Vegetarian Ventures)

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9. Roasted Walnut and Bourbon Pork Tenderloin: Lazy Sundays go hand-in-hand with comfort food, but you鈥檒l have *one* dish in particular on your mind every Sunday after trying this roasted pork tenderloin. It鈥檚 generously coated with a full-flavored bourbon walnut sauce. 鈥楴uff said. (via Blackberry Babe)

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10. Orange and Bourbon Glazed Ham: The usual beer-basted ham we鈥檝e all grown to love gets an exciting makeover with a sweet and syrupy bourbon glaze. This dish is so delish, you just might forgo the turkey this holiday season and serve this piece of meat instead. (via Culinary Ginger)

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11. Bourbon Brown Sugar Chicken Tenders: Get ready for your mind to be BLOWN. With a kick from the chili powder and a light sweetness from the brown sugar, these tender bites offer a perfect balance of heat and sweet. They鈥檙e perfect for a side or a game-day snack. (via Yummy Addiction)

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12. Pulled Jackfruit With Peach Bourbon BBQ Sauce: Here鈥檚 a hearty and 鈥渕eat-y鈥 sandwich all you vegetarians and vegans can sink your teeth into. Who needs pulled pork when you have jackfruit on your side? Tossed in a peachy and bourbon-y sauce, these juicy bad boys are an absolute *godsend.* (via The Roasted Root)

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13. Honey Bourbon Steak Tips: You鈥檝e spent the entire summer grilling the perfect T-bones and rib-eyes, but it鈥檚 time to change things up for fall. May we suggest these mouthwatering boozy steak bites? Seared on the outside and juicy on the inside, these sweet and salty nibbles are a total game changer. (via Spicy Southern Kitchen)

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14. Maple Bourbon Glazed Salmon: To anyone who ever dubbed salmon bland and boring, we present you with this. The good-for-you fish is phenomenal when cooked properly and dressed just right. You truly can鈥檛 go wrong with a deeply flavored maple bourbon glaze. (via Half Baked Harvest)

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15. Maple Bourbon Braised Carrots: Things are about to change for that obligatory side of carrots we could all do without; magic happens when you get your carrots a little drunk. Braised with a mix of maple and bourbon, no one will pass on these. (via On Sugar Mountain)

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