These 3-ingredient slow cooker grape jelly meatballs only take 5 minutes of prep to make a fun appetizer for game day or holiday parties.
Slow cooker grape jelly meatballs are a classic party appetizer and crowd-pleaser that’s great for game days or as a cocktail appetizer for holiday parties. With only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes of prep time, it’s quick to throw together but still has plenty of room to build on. You can use either BBQ sauce or chili sauce for this recipe with some grape jelly as a base flavor profile. Try adding in some smoked paprika for a smoky aftertaste, or spice it up a little with some chili powder/cayenne. You can even use the sauce to cook some little smokies instead.
It’s a pretty simple recipe that’s more of a guideline really since there’s not much to it. Throw in some toothpicks or mini forks to make this a fun appetizer to serve at holiday parties, potlucks and family gatherings. If you’re looking for something sweet and spicy with some pineapple in it, try these sweet heat meatballs instead. Or if you’re just an all-around meatball fan and want something to toss over some pasta, try these slow cooker Italian meatballs. Back to the recipe, let’s have some fun making some meatballs!
SLOW COOKER GRAPE JELLY MEATBALLS RECIPE TIPS
Meatballs – I used homestyle frozen meatballs. You can put them in the slow cooker directly from frozen, there’s usually no need to thaw them out. If they’re frozen together, thaw them a little until they separate easily.
Grape jelly – I used the 20 oz. bottle of Welch’s brand grape jelly for this recipe. If you’re not a fan of grape jelly, you could substitute with a 14 oz. can of jellied cranberry sauce instead.
BBQ sauce – I used original Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce but some variations use Heinz chili sauce instead.
Stovetop method – Cook on medium heat in a covered Dutch oven for 30 minutes or until sauce is hot and bubbly.
Make It Your Own
Spice it up – Add some cayenne or chili powder to give these meatballs some heat.
Make it smoky – Add some smoked paprika to give these meatballs a smoky flavor.
Little smokies – Substitute meatballs with 2 (14 oz.) bags of little smokies to enjoy the sauce with other finger food.
And that’s about it. The flavor you get out of this really is surprising for such a simple, 3-ingredient recipe but there you have it. If you do make any variations, I’d love to hear about it in the comments below. Enjoy your meatballs!
For more 3-ingredient recipes, try out this cream cheese sausage dip, or an easy Alfredo sauce to have with some pasta. Or try some 5-ingredient recipes like honey garlic chicken, meatball pasta bake, herbed ranch chicken, Everything Bagel salmon, or this slow cooker three-packet roast.
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