BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

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5 from 7 votes
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes

These BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are a quick and easy party appetizer you can whip up in no time! The best part is, there are only 3 easy ingredients and you can use frozen meatballs or homemade.

BBQ Crockpot meatballs in a white bowl with toothpicks

If you’re looking for an easy party dish that gets rave reviews from guests, these BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are perfect! There are only 3 ingredients and everything goes into the crock pot. It doesn’t get much easier!


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What We Love About This Recipe

This BBQ grape jelly meatballs are crazy, delicious concoction that always gets rave reviews! Make this main dish for your next party and your guest will go bonkers!

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  • Easy Ingredients: Only 3 easy ingredients!
  • Family Friendly: These sweet crockpot bbq meatballs are perfect for picky eaters.
  • Set it and forget it: Frozen meatballs in crockpot with 2 other ingredients, set it and forget it!
  • Makes Great Leftovers: Use them for a meatball sub!
A single bbq grape jelly meatball on a toothpick

Ingredient Notes

  • Meatballs: You can use homemade meatballs (try these Oven Bake Meatballs) or use frozen meatballs to make it even easier.
  • Grape Jelly: Plain, old store bought grape jelly.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can use store bought or my Homemade BBQ Sauce recipe .
Ingredients for meatballs for party

Equipment Needed

How to Make BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs

These are the basic steps for making BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs. Please refer to the recipe card below for more detailed instructions.

frozen meatballs in crock pot with grape jelly and bbq sauce

STEP 1: ADD MEATBALLS

Add either fresh or frozen meatballs to your slow cooker.

STEP 2: ADD JELLY & BBQ SAUCE

Pour the jelly and barbecue sauce on top of the meatballs.

STEP 3: COOK & SERVE

Set to high and cook.

Prep and Storage Tips

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE AHEAD OF TIME

You can easily get this start a few hours before the party starts. Once the meatballs are warmed through, set the slow cooker to “Keep Warm” and they can hang out all night.

HOW TO STORE THIS RECIPE

Store leftover meatballs in an airtight container for up to 3 days in the refrigerator.

HOW TO REHEAT THIS RECIPE

To reheat these party meatballs, warm in a skillet or in the microwave until heated through.

Frequently Asked Questions

CAN I MAKE THESE ON THE STOVETOP?

Yes! Place all of the ingredients in a large pot and heat over medium high heat until the meatballs are heated through.

CAN I MAKE THIS IN AN INSTANT POT?

Yes! Simply set your Instant Pot to the “slow cook” setting and follow the recipe.

CAN THIS RECIPE BE DOUBLED OR HALVED?

Absolutely! Simply increase or decrease all of the ingredients proportionately.

BBQ Crockpot meatballs in a white bowl with toothpicks

Expert Tips for Making This Recipe

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  • Swap Cranberry: Try swapping the grape jelly for a can of jellied cranberry sauce.
  • Use Turkey Meatballs: You can easily substitute turkey or chicken meatballs for this recipe.
  • Make Ahead of Time: Get a jump start by starting these meatballs early then reheat in a pan when it’s party time.

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5 from 7 votes

BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

Yield: 12
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 1 hour
Total: 1 hour 5 minutes
These BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are a quick and easy party appetizer you can whip up in no time! The best part is, there are only 3 easy ingredients and you can use frozen meatballs or homemade.
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Equipment

Ingredients

  • 32 ounce package frozen meatballs
  • 18 ounces grape jelly
  • 18 ounces BBQ sauce

Instructions

  • Add the meatballs, grape jelly and BBQ sauce to a slow cooker; Stir to combine.
  • Cook on high for 1 hour then turn the slow cooker to the warm setting.

Expert Tips

  • Swap Cranberry: Try swapping the grape jelly for a can of jellied cranberry sauce.
  • Use Turkey Meatballs: You can easily substitute turkey or chicken meatballs for this recipe.
  • Make Ahead of Time: Get a jump start by starting these meatballs early then reheat when it’s party time.

Estimated Nutritional Information

Calories: 390kcal | Carbohydrates: 47g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 493mg | Potassium: 348mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 35g | Vitamin A: 101IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 33mg | Iron: 1mg
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Course: Appetizers and Dips
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bbq, crockpot, meatballs, slow cooker

This recipe is my personal adaption of an ethnic inspired recipe. It is not intended to be an authentic recipe.  I’ve recreated this recipe because I enjoy the flavors and I want to encourage my readers to expand their tastes and try new flavor combinations. The recipe, ingredients and processes may have been adapted to make the recipe accessible for the average American. I have provided links to authentic versions of the recipe in the post above. I encourage you to visit these pages and learn more about the traditional version(s) of this recipe.

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2 thoughts on “BBQ Crockpot Meatballs”

  1. 5 stars
    I served these BBQ meatballs for dinner last night with garlic mashed potatoes and carrot salad. It was delish. I pinned these crockpot meatballs to make again later.

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