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Grape Jelly Meatballs (Crockpot Recipe)

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Made in the crockpot, these easy three-ingredient grape jelly meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any gathering!
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Table of Contents
  1. GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS IN THE SLOW COOKER
  3. More HOT APPETIZER Recipes You'll Love
  4. JUMP TO RECIPE

With only three easy ingredients, these simple, sweet and savory crockpot meatballs have forever been a staple at parties. Frozen meatballs, grape jelly and barbecue sauce are mixed and simmered in the slow cooker to make this delicious appetizer. 

Don’t miss our crockpot Swedish meatballs and our buffalo meatballs for more meatball recipes that are great for entertaining. 

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GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS INGREDIENTS

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You Will Need:

FROZEN MEATBALLS: I typically purchase home-style frozen meatballs but you can also make this with Italian or another flavor you love. You could also use homemade meatballs and just make sure to fully cook first. You could also use little smokies

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. Some people swear by Heinz chili sauce for this recipe, but I prefer my barbecue sauce.

GRAPE JELLY: Any brand of grape jelly works well in this recipe. You’ll need an 18 ounce jar of your favorite!

Ingredient Substitutions:

Instead of grape jelly, use an 18-ounce can of smooth cranberry jelly for a tangy flavor OR pour in 16 ounces of diced pineapple for a sweet and sour flavor. 

HOW TO MAKE GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS IN THE SLOW COOKER

PRO TIP: 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.

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STEP ONE: Mix the BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the slow cooker.

STEP TWO: Add the frozen meatballs and stir.

STEP THREE: Cook on low for four to five hours or on high for two hours. You can leave on the warm setting after they’re ready to serve so that they stay at the perfect temperature for guests to enjoy. 

MAKING THEM ON THE STOVE TOP

If you want to skip the crockpot for this recipe, you can add all the ingredients to a pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Be sure to gently stir occasionally while the meatballs cook. 

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A staple at holiday parties and game day gatherings, you’ll love how easy these grape jelly meatballs are to make and the delicious flavor they have! 

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Crockpot Meatballs

5 from 1 vote
Made in the crockpot, these easy three-ingredient grape jelly meatballs are the perfect appetizer for any gathering!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 10

Ingredients
  

  • 18 ounces BBQ sauce
  • 18 ounces grape jelly
  • 1 32- ounce bag of frozen meatballs

Instructions
 

  • Mix the BBQ sauce and grape jelly in the slow cooker.
  • Add the frozen meatballs and stir.
  • Cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2 hours.

Notes

  • 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.
  • Some people swear by Heinz chili sauce for this recipe, you can easily substitute it for the BBQ sauce.
  • Once they're ready to serve, you can leave the meatballs in your crockpot on the warm setting so that they stay at the perfect temperature for guests to enjoy. 
  • If you want to skip the crockpot for this recipe, you can add all the ingredients to a pan and simmer for 10-15 minutes over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Be sure to gently stir occasionally while the meatballs cook. 

Nutrition

Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 56g | Protein: 16g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 67mg | Sodium: 593mg | Potassium: 426mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 42g | Vitamin A: 121IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 1mg
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  1. Melissa says

    If I double the recipe do I double the cooking time as well? I know some recipes yes and others no. Thank you in advance.

    • Layne Kangas says

      I don’t think you’ll have to double the cooking time, as long as you’re using the pre-cooked, frozen meatballs. You’ll just need to make sure to stir while cooking so everything is even! Enjoy 🙂

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