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Crockpot Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs


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Crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs are one of the easiest and best appetizers to take to a party or social gathering. This is a delicious fix it and forget it recipe everyone will love.

easy crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs next to forks and white sauce in a bowl on a wooden board

WHAT KIND OF MEATBALLS SHOULD I USE?

I love versatile recipes and this one qualifies as easy to customize.

There are lots of different meatball options and you can pick your meatball type by what you like or have on hand.

Some different meatballs to consider are:

  • Beef Meatballs
  • Italian Meatballs
  • Homestyle Meatballs
  • Swedish Meatballs
  • Pork Meatballs
  • Turkey Meatballs

I like to keep bags of frozen meatballs in the freezer so I can throw this appetizer together for those last minute gatherings. This has turned out wonderfully with different meatball styles.

You can also make homemade meatballs for this recipe!

closeup of easy crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs next to forks and white sauce in a bowl on a wooden board

DO I NEED TO BROWN THE MEATBALLS?

I am happy to report that for those of you wondering if you need to brown the meatballs before cooking them in the crockpot the answer is NO.

There is no need to brown the meatballs first. That is one reason this is such a great recipe. This Crockpot Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs recipe is easy!!

If you want to brown them for the nice color it adds you can definitely do it.

HOW SHOULD I SERVE THE MEATBALLS?

How you serve the meatballs is a matter of personal preference.

It is totally acceptable to leave the meatballs in the crockpot and let people scoop what they want out with a serving spoon. This is nice because it allows people to get extra sauce if they like their meatballs saucy.

If you want a more polished look for your party you can remove each meatball from the crockpot and put a toothpick in the meatball and put all the meatballs on a platter. You can always drizzle the extra sauce over the top.

Another way to serve these is by putting all the meatballs in a heap on a big platter and let guests get a meatball with tongs.

easy crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs next to forks and  sauce in  bowls on a wooden board with a gray cloth and slow cooker in the background

INGREDIENTS FOR CROCKPOT MEATBALLS

This crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs recipe only has three ingredients. It always amazes me how good these little meatballs taste with only 3 ingredients!

  • Meatballs
  • Barbecue Sauce
  • Grape Jelly
frozen meatballs, grape jelly and barbecue sauce in bowls on a white counter with a slow cooker in the background

HOW TO MAKE CROCKPOT GRAPE JELLY BBQ MEATBALLS

If you can dump ingredients into a crockpot then you can make this recipe! It really is that easy.

STEP ONE: MAKE SAUCE

Start off by combining the barbecue sauce and the grape jelly in a small bowl. Whisk these ingredients together until well-combined.

STEP TWO: FILL CROCKPOT

Now add the sauce to a crockpot and then stir in the meatballs.

crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs in the slow cooker

STEP THREE: SLOW COOK

Turn the crockpot on to low heat and cook the meatballs for 3-4 hours or until they are cooked thoroughly.

Serve immediately and store any leftovers in a covered container in the refrigerator.

CROCKPOT GRAPE JELLY BBQ MEATBALLS RECIPE

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crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs appetizer

Crockpot Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs

Crockpot grape jelly BBQ meatballs are a simple 3 ingredient appetizer that everyone will love.
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8 people
Calories 703 kcal

Equipment

  • Slow Cooker

Ingredients
  

  • 32 oz Meatballs frozen or homemade
  • 18 oz Barbecue Sauce
  • 30 oz Grape Jelly

Instructions
 

  • In a small bowl, whisk together barbecue sauce and grape jelly until combined.
  • Add the sauce to the crockpot. Stir in the meatballs.
  • Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until the meatballs are cooked through.
  • Serve immediately. Store leftovers in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Calories: 703kcalCarbohydrates: 99gProtein: 20gFat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 753mgPotassium: 555mgFiber: 2gSugar: 73gVitamin A: 151IUVitamin C: 11mgCalcium: 58mgIron: 2mg
Keyword appetizer, BBQ meatballs, crockpot
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