Easy Crockpot Meatballs Recipe! {sweet ‘n tangy}

Easy Crockpot Meatballs

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Looking for an easy party appetizer?  Or a delicious twist on your meatball sandwiches?

How about making some Easy Crockpot Meatballs!  They’re sweet… and tangy… and oh-so-tasty!

Easy Crockpot Meatballs Recipe! {sweet 'n tangy}
  1. Combine Cranberry Jelly and Chili Sauce in a bowl, then stir.
  2. Based upon your preferences, you can alter the proportions of cranberry jelly {sweet} and chili sauce {tangy}.
  3. Add frozen meatballs to Crockpot and cover with sauce mixture.
  4. Heat on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally. Once they’re nice and hot, let simmer on LOW or WARM setting. ENJOY!


These get gobbled up so quickly at my house! They’re sweet… and tangy… and super-easy to make!
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    • CincyGirl69 says

      I make mine with bbq sauce and grape jelly, same proportions. If I’m making it for a dinner party, I add sriracha hot sauce (Thai hot sauce, the kind with the green lid and rooster on front.) They are amazingly good and you can buy bbq sauce in the summer for next to nothing, so these are super-cheap to make!

    • Deb says

      I just made these for Christmas! Everyone was anxiously awaiting my arrival! I have made them both ways (jelly or cranberry sauce). Cranberry sauce is usually cheaper, so that’s what I’ve been doing lately.

      • CincyGirl69 says

        I go to Aldi, and the grape jelly is actually cheaper than cranberry jelly unless you stock up on the cranberry sauce/jelly around the holidays for a buck a can. I’ve also used red raspberry jam in this recipe with chicken/turkey meatballs, for ppl who can’t eat red meat. It’s good, either way. I prefer the beef.

  1. Jeanne says

    If I made the meatballs from scratch do I need to freeze them add them into the crock pot after I’ve already cooked them in the oven? Or do I put them in the crock pot uncooked??

  2. Jan j says

    My family taught me to use chili sauce; it is a little more expensive, but it is much better than BBQ sauce, at least for me, beacuse I usually use the cheap bottles of Kraft, which is mostly just corn syrup ( high fructose)

    • CincyGirl69 says

      Agreed, chili sauce is better than bbq sauce…but last year, I got paid to take bbq sauce using coupons, so to me, it was certainly worth the trade-off! I’ve also used my rendition of Chinese ketchup on these…a mixture of ketchup, oyster sauce (or Hoisin), soy sauce and sriracha sauce for heat…it’s tangy, sweet, hot and just plain addictive. Equal amounts of ketchup and oyster (or Hoisin if you prefer it but oyster sauce is better), a splash of soy sauce and you use as much hot sriracha sauce as you’d like. That’s it. Mix and keep in fridge.

  3. Mary says

    Hi everyone! I like to share this one with you, grape jelly and cocktail sauce.. Eat them by themselves or serve with rice. Sound weird, but I like mine with corn.

  4. sharon says

    Use deer meat ground up make meat balls with onion and some seasons of choice bake on a cookie sheet and then add to crockpot.

    • Heidi says

      Hi Sarah ~ I’d let them defrost a bit first, then add enough to cover the bottom of your crockpot. Hope that helps! 😉

  5. Angie says

    I like mine this way…yummy!
    meatballs(3 lbs), 8 oz tomato sauce, 1 can saurkraut, 1 jar chili sauce, 3/4 cup brown sugar, 1 can cranberries. I usually add 2 cans tomato sauce

  6. Cookie Gonzalez says

    I have always made these meatballs with Bar-B-Que sauce,
    but your recipe sounds really good, and different.
    Will try them very soon!

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