Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs blend simplicity with big flavor, using just three ingredients and minimal prep time. This recipe is a breeze to make, requiring only 5 minutes to get everything into the slow cooker.
Perfect for busy days or when you need a crowd-pleasing appetizer, these meatballs are always a hit and pair wonderfully with other easy favorites like little smokies and pigs in blankets for a nice variety of appetizers.
Our Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs are a big hit at home, especially during game days and family get-togethers. They have a special sweet and tangy taste that makes them different from regular meatballs. People often say they remind them of sweet and sour meatballs, but even better!
This recipe is super simple and fun to make. Just grab some meatballs, grape jelly, and barbecue sauce, and let the crockpot do all the work. It’s perfect for when you want a yummy snack without a lot of hassle. Whether you’re hanging out with friends or enjoying a family movie night, these meatballs are always a good choice. Everyone loves them, and there are hardly ever any leftovers!
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
- Simple Ingredients: This recipe needs just three simple things – meatballs, grape jelly, and BBQ sauce. It’s easy to remember and even easier to find in the store.
- Quick to Make: You only need 5 minutes to get this dish started. It’s great for when you’re in a hurry or don’t want to spend a lot of time cooking.
- Everyone Likes It: These meatballs are a favorite for many people. They are perfect for parties, family dinners, or just a fun snack. People of all ages enjoy the sweet and tangy taste.
These Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs are incredibly easy to whip up with just three key ingredients:
- Meatballs: I like to use homestyle fully cooked frozen meatballs, which are super convenient and taste great in this recipe. I usually pick them up from Costco. If you’re up for it, homemade meatballs are fantastic too, you can follow my Swedish Meatball recipe here (make sure to sear them and skip the sauce!).
- Grape Jelly: For the grape jelly, something straightforward like Smucker’s works perfectly. It adds the right amount of sweetness and blends well with the other flavors.
- BBQ Sauce: My go-to is Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce, but of course, you can use any other brand that you like.
Complete list of ingredients and amounts can be found in the recipe card below.
How To Make Slow Cooker Grapejelly Meatballs
Making these meatballs is as easy as 1-2-3! Here’s what you need to do:
- Add the Meatballs: Open your package of meatballs (whether they’re store-bought frozen ones or homemade and previously seared) and put them into the Crockpot. Spread them out evenly so they cook consistently.
- Mix in the Grape Jelly and BBQ Sauce: Next, take your grape jelly and BBQ sauce and pour them over the meatballs. Try to coat all the meatballs with this mixture. The grape jelly and BBQ sauce will melt together and create a delicious glaze as they cook.
- Cook the Meatballs: Now, it’s time to let the Crockpot do its job. You can cook the meatballs on high for about 1 hour if you’re in a hurry. If you have more time, cooking them on low for 2-3 hours makes them even more flavorful. The meatballs will soak up all the yummy sauce, becoming tender and delicious.
- Serve and Enjoy: Once the meatballs are cooked, give them a gentle stir to make sure they’re all coated with the sauce. Serve them warm, straight out of the Crockpot. They’re perfect as an appetizer or as part of a main dish.
Variations for Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs
- Chili Sauce Swap: For a bit of extra zing, substitute BBQ sauce with the classic Heinz chili sauce. This tomato-based sauce blends wonderfully with grape jelly, adding a classic, slightly spicy twist.
- Hawaiian Twist: Replace grape jelly with a 16-ounce can of sliced or diced pineapple for a tropical Hawaiian meatball flavor.
- Honey Alternative: If you’re looking for a healthier option, use 1/4 cup of honey instead of jelly. Adjust the amount to suit your taste.
- Cranberry Meatballs: Substitute the grape jelly with an equal amount of cranberry sauce for a festive twist.
- Meatless Options: Try using meatless meatballs, like Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs, for a vegetarian-friendly version. They go wonderfully with the grape-BBQ sauce.
- Different Types of Chili Sauce: If opting for chili sauce, choose a classic tomato-based variety found near ketchup in the store. Note: Heinz chili sauce, made with tomatoes, garlic, sweet peppers, and spices, is ideal. Avoid sriracha or sweet Thai chili sauce unless you prefer a very spicy dish.
- Jelly Variations: Feel free to experiment with different types of jelly, jam, or preserves. Some tasty alternatives include strawberry jam, apple jelly, or raspberry preserves.
Don’t miss out on making these Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs! You’re sure to enjoy their unique flavor and ease of preparation. Consider making a double batch – they’re perfect for storing and reheating on those busy days when you need a quick and tasty appetizer or snack. Don’t forget to rate and review the recipe if you give it a try!
- 1 32-ounce package homestyle meatballs
- 1 cup Barbecue sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly
- Set up your Crockpot on a stable, heat-resistant surface and place the meatballs into the Crockpot, spreading them out evenly.
- Pour the grape jelly and BBQ sauce over the meatballs. Try to get an even coat over all the meatballs.
- Cook the meatballs on high for 1 hour or on low for 2-3 hours. The longer cooking time on low helps the flavors meld together better.
- Once the meatballs are cooked, stir them gently to ensure they’re all coated in the sauce. Serve them warm from the Crockpot.
- If you like a bit of heat, add a splash of hot chili sauce (like Frank’s hot sauce), or use sweet and spicy barbecue sauce instead of honey barbecue.
- Use 3-4 quart slow cooker, or larger.
- Serve them to your guests straight from the slow cooker, just provide them with a serving spoon and some clean picks so that they can help themselves! Or just serve in an appetizer bowl.
- Store leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the fridge.
- Freeze in a freezer-safe container for up to 3 months.
- Reheat in the microwave until warmed through.
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