Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
Easy crockpot grape jelly meatballs recipe, homemade with 3 simple ingredients: grape jelly, bbq sauce and frozen meatballs. The best cocktail meatballs for parties!
These are the best grape jelly bbq meatballs ever!
They Have the Perfect Flavor Combo – The perfect flavor combo, especially for an appetizer or snack is when salty and sweet flavors can pair flawlessly. These Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs do just that. The saltiness of the meat combines with the grape jelly and barbecue sauce to create the epitome of a perfect appetizer.
They’re Cooked Just Right – Many meatballs, when cooked in a crockpot, can result in a mushy meatball that just falls apart. This recipe doesn’t result in an overcooked, crumbling meatball. If the instructions are followed, these meatballs are the perfect, firm, yet soft texture you would expect from a meatball.
They Only Take Three Ingredients – When it comes to appetizers or snacks, who wants to slave in the kitchen like it’s a normal main course meal? Not me, that’s for sure. These Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs take only three ingredients and a couple of minutes to toss together. Leave them until you’re ready to eat them. They’re that simple.
How to make crockpot grape jelly meatballs?
- Mix the Sauces – In a 6-quart crockpot or larger, combine the BBQ sauce and grape jelly, then stir well.
- Add the Meatballs – Once the sauces are mixed well, add in the meatballs and stir those around until they’re thoroughly coated in the sauce.
- Cover and Cook – Put the lid on the crockpot and cook the meatballs on high heat for 3.5 hours. Stir once, halfway through.
- Garnish and Enjoy – Remove the meatballs from the crockpot, garnish with fresh parsley, and enjoy!
What to serve with grape jelly meatball recipe?
You might be thinking that these Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs would be hard to pair with other foods. However, that’s definitely not true! This recipe would pair well with Creamy Mashed Potatoes or even Mashed Sweet Potatoes, depending on your potato preference. If you like the potato route, you could even try Oven Roasted Potatoes or Baked Sweet Potato Fries.
Homemade meatball sauce
What’s great about this recipe is that it makes its own sauce. When making meatballs over a stove, the sauce is often made separate, then combined once the meatballs have finished browning. However, this recipe has plenty of sauce leftover that can be spooned out and used as needed.
Making the Sauce Without the Meatballs – If you just want to make the sauce without the meatballs, simply combine the BBQ sauce and jelly in a saucepan, and stir consistently on medium heat until the ingredients reach a light boil. Continue to simmer for five minutes, continuously stirring.
Making the Sauce in a Crockpot Without the Meatballs – Add the BBQ sauce and jelly to the crockpot, stir well, set on low heat, and let heat up for at least an hour – stirring from time to time as it heats.
- Grape jelly chili sauce meatballs – If you want to go a slightly different flavor route with your meatballs, you can swap out the BBQ sauce for chili sauce instead.
- Make Them Spicy – If you would love to go spicy with your meatballs, you can either make sure and use a spicy style BBQ, add in crushed red peppers, or even add in a couple freshly sliced jalapenos.
- Other Jelly Flavors – If you’re not a grape jelly fan, simply swap out the grape jelly for the same amount of your favorite jelly flavor. Other flavor suggestions are apricot, apple, strawberry, peach, etc.
- Add Cranberry Sauce – In place of jelly, you can use canned cranberry sauce instead. This is a popularly used technique since the cranberry sauce has the same thickness of jelly, but contains the perfect combination of tangy and sweet.
Tips and Techniques
- How to store them? – Store meatballs either in the freezer or fridge in an airtight container. They can last up to a month in the freezer and up to 3 days in the fridge.
- Can you freeze them? – Yes! These Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs can definitely be frozen. For the best results, place meatballs on a wax paper covered sheet pan and place in freezer for a couple of hours. Once frozen, transfer to an airtight container or baggie for the remainder of their freezer stay.
- Should I thaw meatballs before putting in crockpot? – This recipe is so easy that you can just toss the meatballs in the crockpot fully frozen. There’s no need to thaw them beforehand. If they’re already thawed, be sure to drain any water off of them before adding them to the crockpot and you may have to reduce the cooking time by a bit.
- Are frozen meatballs already cooked? Most frozen meatballs come already fully cooked. However, you can buy them in both states, which is why it’s always best to check the package before purchasing. For this recipe, you will want them to be fully cooked.
- What can I use instead of grape jelly? You can use any other jelly flavor, canned cranberry sauce, or another fruit flavored jelly-like condiment.
- What can I use instead of bbq sauce? – Chili sauce is a great substitute for BBQ sauce. Mustard has been known to be used as a substitute as well, resulting in a very tangy and delicious meatball. Many have also used ketchup in a pinch.
More Easy Appetizers
- Cranberry Salsa with Cream Cheese
- Salsa Verde
- Spinach Artichoke Dip
- Marinated Tomatoes
- Eggplant Pizza
- Portobello Mushroom Pizza
Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs
- 1 cup Grape jelly
- 1.5 cups Bbq sauce
- 1 tsp Paprika , Optional
- 2 pounds Frozen Meatballs , Pre-Cooked
- Add grape jelly and bbq sauce in a crockpot and mix it together.
- Add meatballs and mix until they are coated in the sauce.
- Cover and cook on High heat for 3.5 hours, stirring once halfway through.
- Garnish with fresh parsley, if you like. Enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave.