February 2, 2023Review Recipe
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With only three ingredients, these simple grape jelly meatballs have forever been a staple at parties and are the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Tender meatballs are smothered in barbecue and grape jelly sauce and simmered in the slow cooker to make this delicious and easy appetizer. Don’t miss our crockpot Swedish meatballs and our buffalo meatballs recipes for more saucy meatballs that are great for entertaining.
Grape Jelly Meatballs Ingredients
- 18 ounces of BBQ sauce
- 18 ounces of grape jelly
- 1 (32-ounce) bag of frozen meatballs
SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS
GRAPE JELLY: Any brand of sweet grape jelly works well in this recipe. Instead of grape jelly, you could also use a can of smooth cranberry jelly for a tangy flavor or pour in 16 ounces of diced pineapple for sweet and sour meatballs.
FROZEN MEATBALLS: I typically purchase home-style frozen cooked meatballs, but you can also make this easy recipe with Italian or another flavor you love. Turkey meatballs also make a good substitute or you could also use homemade meatballs and just make sure to fully cook them first.
BBQ SAUCE: Sweet Baby Ray’s will forever be my favorite barbecue sauce, but you can use any brand you love or make your own homemade. If you want an extra little kick, you can choose a spicy sauce or if you prefer something milder, you can go with that too. Some people swear by Heinz chili sauce for this great appetizer.
How To Make This Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe
I love using a crockpot liner to make clean-up easy. You can also spray the slow cooker dish with non-stick cooking spray before pouring in your ingredients.
STEP ONE: Mix the BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the slow cooker.
If you want to skip the crockpot for these easy grape jelly meatballs, you can add all the ingredients to a pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes over medium heat. Be sure to gently stir occasionally while the meatballs cook.
STEP TWO: Add the frozen cooked meatballs and stir.
STEP THREE: Cook on low heat for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 hours. You can leave these cocktail meatballs on a warm setting after they’re ready to serve so that they stay at the perfect temperature for guests to enjoy.
The meatball sauce in this recipe is a slightly thinner sauce than some other recipes. Don’t worry if it doesn’t thicken up, it’s supposed to be this way.
How To Serve
IN THE FRIDGE: Store any leftovers of these slow cooker meatballs in an airtight container for up to 4 days.
IN THE FREEZER: You can also freeze leftovers for up to 2 months.
A crowd favorite at holiday parties and game day gatherings, with only three simple ingredients and a couple of minutes of prep time, you’ll love how easy these grape jelly meatballs are to make and the delicious flavor they have!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
For these slow cooker grape jelly meatballs, you don’t need to double the cook time Just make sure to give it a stir partway through cooking to make sure everything heats evenly.
These crockpot grape jelly meatballs will keep in the fridge for up to 4 days.
If you prefer to make your own meatballs, you certainly can. They will taste just as yummy as the premade ones.
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Grape Jelly Meatballs
- 18 ounces BBQ sauce
- 18 ounces grape jelly
- 32 ounces frozen meatballs
- Mix the BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the slow cooker.
- Add the frozen meatballs and stir.
- Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours or on high for 2 hours.