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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

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Grape jelly meatballs are a traditional slow cooker appetizer that has been around for ages. A frozen meatball appetizer that will please your crowd.

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If you are searching for more easy appetizers, I got some ideas for you. Beer Cheese Queso is a skillet queso that will literally melt in your mouth. Bacon wrapped scallops or my BLT dip is another great choice.

This jelly meatball recipe is a favorite. It takes literally not even 5 minutes to prep and get that slow cooker, cooking. A cocktail meatball recipe that doesn’t disappoint.

Grape Jelly Meatballs

What isn’t to love about these Crockpot meatballs with grape jello? 3 ingredients you might have in your pantry and freezer, and quick to prep. 

Try my crockpot meatballs grape jelly recipe today, and let me know what you think.

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How To Make Meatballs In Slow Cooker

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Step 1: In a bowl mix your grape jelly and barbeque sauce together. Set aside. 

Step 2: Place frozen meatballs in your slow cooker pot. Then pour the mixture over the meatballs and toss with a spatula. 

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Step 3: Cover and cook on low as directed in the printable recipe card below. 

Serve up these jelly and bbq sauce meatballs for game-day snacking, holidays, birthday parties, etc. 

Can I Use Chili Sauce Instead of Barbecue Sauce 

Yes,you can replace barbeque sauce with chili sauce. That is another popular way to make crockpot meatballs. 

I personally prefer bbq but the chili sauce grape jelly meatballs offer more of a sweet and spicy pairing. 

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Can I Cook Grape Jelly Meatballs on the Stove

Yep! Toss in your homemade or frozen meatballs into a pan. If homemade, cook with a little oil to sear the meatballs first. 

Then when ready pour grape jelly and barbeque all over meatballs. Move heat to low and stir often. 

If cooking from frozen you can cover and slowly warm meatballs up in about 30 minutes. You can cook these meatballs longer if you would like to lock in even more flavor. 

If you are cooking homemade you will cook until all the meatballs are cooked all the way through and sauce thickens a bit, which is around 45 minutes total.

Homemade Meatballs or Frozen

Not sure if you should make homemade meatballs or just buy frozen? Honestly, it is up to you!

I have done both, and they are equally good. A lot of times I reach for frozen meatballs just to speed up the process. It makes it a no-fuss appetizer that way.

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FAQs to Make Jelly Meatballs

Can I replace grape jelly

You can replace the grape jelly. Simply use cranberry sauce out of a can, apply jelly, etc. I personally enjoy the cranberry twist if I make without grape jelly.

Do you thaw meatballs before cooking

No, you toss your frozen meatballs right into the slow cooker. This is what I mean by an easy prep.

Can You Double Recipe

If you have room in your crockpot to add in more meatballs, go for it. You can make as many or as little as you would like. You just need room in your slow cooker.

Best Brand of Jelly To Use

Welch’s or Smuckers are the brands I reach for most often. I tend to buy what is on sale. But, you can use any brand of jelly. Just remember the flavor of the jelly will play a part in the overall flavor of meatballs.

smuckers grape jelly meatballs

Storing Meatballs

If you have leftovers, lucky you! Just allow your meatballs to cool a bit then transfer to a container that is airtight. Make sure to add in some of the liquid to your meatballs to ensure they stay moist.

Place in the fridge and store for up to three days. You can pull them out and eat cold or opt to heat them up.

If you warm them up you can do microwaves or even the stovetop. Just make sure to stir often to prevent burning.

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Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs

Yield: 30 meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Grape Jelly Meatballs are a 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs that takes literally 5 minutes to prep. Slow Cooker Grape Jelly Meatballs are a traditional appetizer to serve at parties.


  • 1 -28 oz bag of Frozen Meatballs, or Homemade
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces bottle barbeque sauce
  • 1 cup grape jelly


  1. To start you will toss all your frozen meatballs into your slow cooker. Set it aside.
  2. Grab a small bowl and whisk your grape jelly and barbeque sauce together,
  3. Pour the grape jelly meatball sauce over the meatballs and stir well.
  4. Cover your slow cooker with a lid, and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours.
  5. Once your grape jelly meatballs are done, dish out and serve with toothpicks if you would like for a simple cocktail meatball.


You can substitute chili sauce in replace of the barbeque sauce in this recipe.

Nutrition Information:
Yield: 15 Serving Size: 2 meatballs
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 195Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 35mgSodium: 380mgCarbohydrates: 16gFiber: 1gSugar: 10gProtein: 8g

This information is automatically calculated by third-party software, including but not limited to the Create or Bake Me Some Sugar. For accurate nutrition, I suggest running the ingredients in your own system to get a more accurate reading. Nutritional information is approximate and automatically calculated, and should only be viewed as an indication.

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