Slow Cooker Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs

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Crock Pot Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs are an awesome recipe for holiday entertaining, Super Bowl party, or pot luck made right in the slow cooker.  They are so simple to make and extremely crowd-pleasing!


Crock Pot Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs are an awesome recipe for holiday entertaining, Super Bowl party, or pot luck made right in the slow cooker. They are so simple to make and extremely crowd-pleasing!

Once Christmas is over, New Year’s Eve comes creeping up on me.  Do you need a killer appetizer idea?  I made these meatballs for a pot luck for my husband’s Christmas party at work.  Normally, I made a dessert for him to take but he told me he needed something “non-dessert” since so many people had signed up for the sweets already.  I did what I know I do best- Italian meatballs!  Even though the sauce that goes with the meatballs is not Italian and is more sweet, it still totally worked with this recipe.  I heated them up the night before in my crock pot and sent him to work with it where he could just plug it in and let it go (“set it and forget it”, like my dad always used to say :)).  I was getting texts from hubby during the day saying people loved these meatballs.  I love it when something so easy gets rave reviews.

Crock Pot Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs appetizer recipe for holiday entertaining, Super Bowl party, or pot luck made right in the slow cooker.

Can’t go wrong with these Slow Cooker Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs and the sauce is so simple. I did end up making my own meatballs which gave it an extra boost in flavor.  They really don’t take much time to make, but since most cocktail meatball recipes begin with frozen meatballs, I froze my fresh ones first so that they didn’t get soggy in the slow cooker.  Enjoy and Happy New Year!

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Barbeque Party Meatballs appetizer recipe for holiday entertaining, Super Bowl, or pot luck made right in the crock pot.

Slow Cooker Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: about 60 meatballs
 
Crock Pot Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs are an awesome recipe for holiday entertaining, Super Bowl party, or pot luck made right in the slow cooker.
Ingredients
  • 1 64oz bag frozen fully cooked beef meatballs (about 60) OR fully cooked homemade meatballs (using 2 pounds of ground beef, rolled small, freeze them before adding to crock pot)* ~cut recipe in half for a smaller group~
  • 1 32 oz jar grape jelly
  • 1 18-20oz jar of BBQ sauce
*I used this recipe, but used all ground beef and rolled them into small appetizer size meatballs
Instructions
  1. Pour sauces in your 6 quart crock pot and stir until completely combined.
  2. Add the frozen meatballs (homemade or store-bought) and stir until they are coated with the sauce.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours and then turn to warm for the duration of the party/pot luck.
  4. You can serve these as an appetizer or serve over rice with a side of veggies for a main dish.

Crock Pot Grape Jelly BBQ Party Meatballs make the perfect appetizer for New Year's Eve.

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Author:Ashley

These are a few of my favorite things: cooking, baking, Broadway musicals, cruises, Disney World, Christmas, thunderstorms, 80's and country music, and my favorite pastime has ALWAYS been baseball. Go Yankees!

24 Responses to “Slow Cooker Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs”

  1. December 30, 2015 at 8:36 AM #

    This is such a perfect appetizer – so simple and only 3 ingredients! Leaves so much time for hanging out instead of cooking! 🙂

    • December 30, 2015 at 11:34 AM #

      You’re so right! Thank you Shashi!

  2. December 30, 2015 at 12:27 PM #

    It’s not a party until the meatballs come out!

  3. December 30, 2015 at 12:45 PM #

    I love an easy appetizer! And I love it even more that you used the slow cooker! Happy new Year my friend! XO

  4. December 30, 2015 at 1:24 PM #

    The ultimate New Years recipe!

  5. December 30, 2015 at 2:37 PM #

    I love how easy this recipe is to make! Always a crowd-pleaser!

  6. December 30, 2015 at 4:17 PM #

    So easy and so good! I could easily pop a dozen of these right now!

  7. December 30, 2015 at 10:05 PM #

    Yum – these look awesome! I don’t think I have ever had grape jelly meatballs before but I need to soon!

  8. December 31, 2015 at 8:50 AM #

    I’ve had these grape jelly meatballs countless times. I love them!

  9. Becky L
    December 31, 2015 at 2:27 PM #

    I made these with sugar free grape jelly to reduce the carbs ( we are diabetic).. came out good! then paired this up with cheese cubes and a vegetable and dip tray! Party on Garth!

    • December 31, 2015 at 2:28 PM #

      Becky, thanks to much for letting me know!! Glad you enjoyed them! Happy New Year 🙂

  10. December 31, 2015 at 7:15 PM #

    Grape jelly meatballs are another one of those things I’ve always wanted to try, but haven’t gotten around to yet. I love how simple they are…and anything in a crockpot this time of year is a win in my book.

  11. January 1, 2016 at 10:15 AM #

    Yes! I love these meatballs. My bff makes them for parties and they are always a huge hit.

  12. January 4, 2016 at 4:37 PM #

    I had to read the title three times to take in what’s going on here! Goodness!! Hand me a plate, please! These meatballs are to die for!

    • January 4, 2016 at 5:05 PM #

      Yeah, it’s pretty much the longest title ever LOL!! But I had it get it all in there 🙂

  13. January 5, 2016 at 4:15 PM #

    An oldie but goodie!

  14. January 6, 2016 at 11:44 AM #

    Easy, perfect appetizer for parties!

  15. January 6, 2016 at 4:34 PM #

    My family recipe is grape jelly and chili sauce…a little more texture than bbq sauce.

  16. January 8, 2016 at 2:41 PM #

    These will always remind me of high school open houses! Such a classic!

  17. Ashley
    January 9, 2016 at 7:17 AM #

    What type in of BBQ sauce should I use? Does it matter?

    • January 9, 2016 at 12:14 PM #

      No just use your favorite!

  18. Christine
    January 22, 2016 at 9:13 PM #

    Heinz Chili Sauce would be awesome as well.

    • Sharron Hammer
      April 21, 2016 at 2:07 AM #

      Yes . . . that is how I’ve always made it . . .with chili sauce and grape jelly. Really delicious!

  19. Sharron Hammer
    April 21, 2016 at 2:04 AM #

    I have made these for years only in my electric skillet and with chili sauce not barbecue sauce.

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