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Best Crockpot Meatball Appetizer

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Best Crockpot Meatball Appetizer | These 3 ingredient slow cooker meatballs are probably the easiest thing you'll ever make and is always a hit at our parties! They are the perfect combination of flavors, combining sweet, salty and tangy in one.

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I am not sure what it is, but meatballs are always devoured at our parties & potlucks. A meatball crockpot recipe is a standard for me for anytime I need an appetizer or potluck dish. You simply can't get any easier! What is it about meatballs that we love? This particular recipe has been around since my mom was a kid and passed down through the family as a go-to! 

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Crockpot Meatball Appetizer

As I said, this recipe has been passed around through generations, although different variations exist. Some make with Heinz Chili sauce, which is delicious as well. Somewhere along the line, BBQ sauce was introduced and it's stayed with us for years. We like the extra tang BBQ sauce gives.  We all usually have a favorite BBQ sauce, but we usually use whatever I get on BOGO at Publix.
If you are one of those people thrown off by a particular ingredient, such as the grape jelly in this, please give them a try anyway. Once mixed with the BBQ sauce, you really do not taste the grape. It just adds a sweetness. While you might save a buck making meatballs from scratch, in a quick pinch or large quantity, consider frozen. They hold up well and make light work for this dish. 
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1 (32 oz.) bag frozen meatballs

1 (18 oz.) jar grape jelly
1 (18 oz.) bottle of your favorite BBQ Sauce
  • Add BBQ sauce and grape jelly to crockpot and stir until combined.
  • Add meatballs to the sauce mixture, stir until coated well.
  • Cook in slow cooker for about 3 hours.
  • After about 3 hours, set your crock pot to warm to keep them warm but not overcooking. 





Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes


  • 1 (32 oz) frozen, fully cooked meatballs
  • 1 (18 oz) BBQ sauce
  • 1 (18 oz) grape jelly


  1. Add BBQ sauce and grape jelly to crockpot and stir until combined.
  2. Add meatballs to the sauce mixture, stir until coated well.
  3. Cook in slow cooker for about 3 hours.


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