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Crockpot Bb Meatballs – Amira’s Pantry

Insanely delicious and most probably this is the easiest meatball appetizer you can ever make. A great recipe for game day or to take to a potluck.

Total time 2 hours 5 minutes

Crockpot bbq grape jelly meatballs is an easy appetizer or meal that only needs 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to dump everything in your crockpot.

This family favorite dish takes the sweetness of jelly and the savory and tangy taste of barbecue sauce and creates a winning combination. Add a bag of your favorite frozen meatballs and that’s it. Set your slow cooker and it’s done in as little as 2 hours.

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❤️ Why You’ll Love It

  • Simple 3 ingredient appetizer.
  • A family favorite snack or perfect for a potluck.
  • Easy crockpot recipe for a weeknight dinner.
  • Dump it in your slow cooker and done in a couple of hours.
  • Great for a game day or tailgating party.

Crockpot bbq jelly meatballs makes a fabulous potluck dish that everyone will love to sample. Bringing meatballs is a dish that will please nearly everyone. Add your own flavor combination of bbq sauces and jelly to change up the taste.

📝 Ingredients

Note: This is an overview of the ingredients. You’ll find the full measurements and instructions in the recipe card (printable) at the bottom of the page.

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🥄 Instructions

Note: This is an overview of the instructions. The detailed instructions are in the recipe card below.

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  1. Pour bbq sauce and grape jelly at the bottom of your slow cooker and mix.
  2. Add the meatballs and mix well to cover.
  3. Cook on high for 2 hour or low for 4 hours, stirring once in the middle of cooking.

💡 Tips

  • Use any frozen meatballs you like, we’ve tried this with Italian style and Angus beef meatballs.
  • Homemade meatballs work too, cook them in the oven then add to the slow cooker for one hour.
  • You can use the whole jar of grape jelly but we preferred ours less sugary.
  • Serve with your favorite side for an easy dinner or toothpicks for bite size appetizer.

🧺 Storage

Leftover crockpot bbq meatballs can be stored in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days and frozen for up to 3 months.

⌛ Make Ahead

Crockpot bbq grape jelly meatballs are the perfect make ahead meal as they can simmer in the crockpot until ready to eat same day or kept in your fridge for up to 4 days.

🍽️ Serve With

BBQ meatballs can be served with rice, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese, roasted veggies, green salad and it looks delicious on a buffet table too!

👩‍🍳 Variations

  • Turkey meatballs work well for this recipe too.
  • You can use any sort of jelly or jam you like, we’ve tried it with apricot and it was delicious too.
  • If you are watching your carbs, you can make it with sugar free jelly and sugar free bbq sauce.
  • Spice it up a bit and add some hot sauce.
  • Use your favorite homemade jam or jelly.
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💬 FAQs

What to serve with grape jelly meatballs?

Bbq grape jelly meatballs go wonderfully with mashed potatoes, potato wedges, mac and cheese, rice, vegetables and even baked beans.

Should I thaw meatballs before putting in the crockpot?

There is no need to thaw frozen meatballs before adding to your crockpot. Grape jelly meatballs cooks quickly and evenly right in your slow cooker.

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Crockpot BBQ Meatballs

Insanely delicious and most probably this is the easiest meatball appetizer you can ever make. A great recipe for game day or to take to a potluck.

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Course: Appetizer

Cuisine: American

Diet: Halal

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 2 hours

Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Servings: 45 meatballs

Calories: 37kcal

Instructions

  • Pour bbq sauce and grape jelly at the bottom of your slow cooker and mix.

  • Add the meatballs and mix well to cover.

  • Cook on high for 2 hours or low for 4 hours, stirring once in the middle of cooking.

  • Serve garnished with chopped parsley or green onions.

Notes

  • Use any frozen meatballs you like, we’ve tried this with Italian style and Angus beef meatballs.
  • Homemade meatballs work too, cook them in the oven then add to the slow cooker for one hour.
  • You can use the whole jar of grape jelly but we preferred ours less sugary.
  • Serve with your favorite side for an easy dinner or toothpicks for bite size appetizer.

Other Methods of Cooking

  • Stovetop: Place all ingredients in a big pot, cover and cook over medium-low until bubbly then reduce heat and simmer for 15 minutes.
  • Instant pot: Place all the ingredients along with 1 cup water in the instant pot mixing them all well then pressure cook on high for 5 minutes.

Variations:

  • Turkey meatballs work well for this recipe too.
  • You can use any soft of  jelly or jam you like, we’ve tried it with apricot and it was delicious too.
  • If you are watching your carbs, you can make it with sugar free jelly and sugar free bbq sauce.
  • Spice it up a bit and add some hot sauce.
  • Use your favorite homemade jam or jelly.

Storage:

  • Leftover crockpot bbq meatballs can be store in an airtight container in the fridge for 4 days and frozen for up to to 3 months.

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Nutrition

Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 37kcal | Carbohydrates: 0.02g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 8mg | Potassium: 40mg | Sugar: 0.01g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 0.1mg | Calcium: 2mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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