Party-Pleasing Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe

Who doesn't love a party-pleasing recipe that be can be made in a slow cooker? This recipe for grape jelly meatballs is super easy to make, and is a hand-off dish that doesn't sacrifice on flavor. It's so easy to make, your kids can even help out. Another plus is that you only need 4, yes 4, ingredients, making grocery shopping quick and affordable. 

Recipe developer Kate Shungu came up with this simple recipe for grape jelly meatballs and explains, "I love how quickly these disappear at parties. They are the perfect blend of sweet and tangy, and serving them warm from the crockpot makes them an easy appetizer that kids and adults alike enjoy," Shungu raves. "The sweetness from the grape jelly pairs nicely with the tangy cocktail sauce to create a nicely-balanced sauce that reminds me of barbecue sauce." Keep reading to find out how to make these delicious meatballs.

Gather the ingredients for grape jelly meatballs

One of the best things about this recipe is that you only need a few ingredients to make it. Pick up grape jelly, cocktail sauce, hot sauce, and frozen meatballs. Once you have those things, you can make these party-pleasing, grape jelly meatballs.

Combine the ingredients, and cook in a slow cooker

Add the grape jelly, cocktail sauce, and hot sauce into a slow cooker, and whisk to combine. "Hot sauce isn't common in grape jelly meatballs, but it adds a nice kick to the finished dish," Shungu notes. 

Next, throw in the frozen meatballs. "I don't recommend using fresh meatballs, as they may fall apart in the slow cooker," Shungu says. Then, give the mixture a few stirs, coating the meatballs in the sauce. Cook the meatballs on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours.

Serve and enjoy the party-pleasing meatballs

"If you're serving these from the crockpot, put toothpicks nearby so guests can serve themselves," Shungu shares. Alternatively, you can immediately transfer the meatballs to a serving dish, and serve warm. These are great on their own, but they also make a great addition to a main course or an appetizer. These will also keep for a few day, if you want to enjoy them later. "Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 4 to 5 days," Shungu notes. 

Party-Pleasing Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe
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Break out the slow cooker, and enjoy this hands-off, party-pleasing grape jelly meatballs recipe.
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Cook Time
saucy meatballs in dish
Total time: 2 hours, 5 minutes
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 12 ounces shrimp cocktail sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 24 ounces frozen meatballs
  1. Add the grape jelly, cocktail sauce, and hot sauce into a slow cooker, and whisk to combine.
  2. ‌Add the meatballs, and stir to combine.
  3. ‌Cook on low for 4 hours, or on high for 2 hours. Keep the meatball warm and serve straight from the slow cooker, or transfer to a serving dish and serve warm.
Calories per Serving 485
Total Fat 23.0 g
Saturated Fat 8.7 g
Trans Fat 1.3 g
Cholesterol 171.8 mg
Total Carbohydrates 36.8 g
Dietary Fiber 0.6 g
Total Sugars 25.9 g
Sodium 221.5 mg
Protein 31.1 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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