Tender meatballs slow cooked in a sweet chili sauce made with grape jelly and chili sauce. Makes for a fun changeup of traditional cocktail meatballs and great for serving at parties and potlucks.

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Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs! Tender meatballs slow cooked in a sweet sauce made with grape jelly and chili sauce. Makes for a fun changeup of traditional cocktail meatballs for parties! | HomemadeHooplah.com

About Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

When it comes to fun, easy appetizers, nothing beats the versatility of a meatball, and these grape jelly meatballs are no exception.

Whether you’re serving them on toothpicks or part of another dish, these sweet chili cocktail meatballs are guaranteed to be a hit. The sauce itself only has three ingredients, but you’d never know it was so simple with the spot-on sweet and spicy flavor.

Plus, once you’ve served this, your guests will be able to boast that they’ve had this fabled southern-favorite-turned-Pinterest-popular recipe, giving them some culinary street cred.

And who doesn’t need more notches on their culinary street cred?

They’re like merit badges, but for food.

How to make cocktail meatballs in a slow cooker with grape jelly.

What do meatballs with grape jelly and chili sauce taste like?

This recipe has a combination of grape jelly (sweet) and chili sauce (spice), so the best comparison would probably be a sweet chili sauce.

I personally feel this recipe is more sweet than spicy, but if you’d like the sauce to have little more kick, just adjust the amount of cayenne pepper until you have enough heat.

Can you freeze grape jelly meatballs?

Yes, you totally can!

If you’re saving leftovers, allow the meatballs and sauce to cool and then store them in a sealable bag or container.

If you’re meal prepping just to have the meatballs on hand, you can place either cooled or frozen meatballs in a toothpicks, cover them with the prepared grape jelly sauce, seal the bag, and then store in the freezer.

Meatballs can be stored in the freezer for up to three months.

What to eat with grape jelly meatballs

These cocktail meatballs work great as a meal by themselves (either served right out of the crock pot or on a serving tray with toothpicks or skewers), but you can also have them as a meal if you’d like.

When serving, I’d recommend pairing grape jelly meatballs with:

  • Any type of mild-flavored rice dish, such as cilantro rice, fried rice, etc.
  • Cooked greens, such as asparagus, green beans, or carrots (but not sweet carrots).

Frozen meatballs slow cooked with grape jelly and chili sauce.

Notes & tips for meatballs with grape jelly sauce

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How to make crock pot grape jelly meatballs

This next part is only a photo tutorial of the recipe steps. If you’re looking for the full recipe measurements and instructions, scroll down to Recipe Details.

Step 1 – In a medium bowl, whisk together grape jelly, chili sauce, and cayenne pepper. Do your best to get the sauce smooth, but it’s okay if you’re having trouble breaking up the grape jelly; the heat from the crock pot will melt them.

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 1 - Add grape jelly. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 1 - Add chili sauce. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 1 - Whisk together. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 1 - Whisk until mostly smooth.

Step 2 – Toss the frozen meatballs into a crock pot, then drizzle the grape jelly sauce on top. Use a spoon or spatula to quickly toss the meatballs to coat them.

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 2 - Add meatballs to crock pot. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 2 - Pour on grape jelly sauce. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 2 - Cover meatballs with grape jelly sauce. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 2 - Toss meatballs in sauce. Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Step 2 - Completely coat meatballs in sauce.

Step 3 – Cover crock pot and cook.

Step 4 – Serve and enjoy!

Sweet cocktail meatballs with grape jelly sauce.

Recipe Details

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs! Tender meatballs slow cooked in a sweet sauce made with grape jelly and chili sauce. Makes for a fun changeup of traditional cocktail meatballs for parties! | HomemadeHooplah.com
3.63 from 107 votes

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

5 mins prep + 2 hrs cook
103 kcal
Yields: 40 meatballs
Tender meatballs slow cooked in a sweet sauce made with grape jelly and chili sauce. Makes for a fun changeup of traditional cocktail meatballs for parties!

Ingredients 

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl, add grape jelly, chili sauce, and cayenne pepper. Use a whisk to break up the jelly and mix with the chili sauce. It's okay if the sauce isn't completely smooth; the jelly will melt in the crock pot. Taste test sauce and adjust cayenne pepper, if needed.
  • Add frozen meatballs to a crock pot. Pour grape jelly sauce on top and use a spatula toss and coat the meatballs.
  • Cover cock pot and cook on HIGH for 2 hours or LOW for 4 hours.
  • Serve grape jelly meatballs immediately.

Nutrition

Calories: 103kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 16mg | Sodium: 130mg | Potassium: 106mg | Sugar: 7g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 2.6mg | Calcium: 7mg | Iron: 0.3mg

I do my best to provide nutrition information, but please keep in mind that I'm not a certified nutritionist. Any nutritional information discussed or disclosed in this post should only be seen as my best amateur estimates of the correct values.

Author: Chrisy

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21 comments

    • Nikki

    Thank you for including the nutritional information. I see that you have listed 103 Kcal per serving, but could you elaborate on how many meatballs are in a serving?

    • Marina
    • 5 stars

    My grandma makes this every year for Christmas Eve, everyone loves them!

    • Nana

    I’ve made these for over 20 years but I’ve used the same amount grape jelly and BBQ sauce they came out fantastic. You can also use apricot jam and barbecue sauce. Try it
    they are both fantastic.

    • Cassandra D Freeman

    Also I’ve always just used grape jelly and chilli sauce nothing else

    • Cassandra D Freeman

    I love this dish but would like to have a little more spice to it but crazy any ideas?

    • Barb

    Can you use sweet chili sauce?? with grape jelly

    • Megan
    • 5 stars

    Hi, I just made this cocktail meatballs the the other night and froze them in the sauce. Although the meatballs are frozen, I found that the jelly/chili sauce mixture is not totally frozen…is this because the jelly doesn’t freeze well?

    • Pomeroys.ca

    I added haberno BBQ sauce with one jar grape jelly and about 3 shots of Fireball cinnamon whisky.

    Turned out great!

      • Pomeroys.ca
      • 5 stars

      *Tequila habanero sauce – PC brand from Zehrs

    • Amy

    Added a splash of bourbon! This also great with hot dogs or lil smokies

    • Rita Odom

    Made these meatballs for a party this weekend, I doubled the recipe to 4lbs! Huge success, they were all eaten.

    • Jodi

    I make these with 1/2 jalapeno jam and 1/2 blackberry jam. (I used what I had on hand). No cayenne. Deliciousness with a spicy kick.

    • Steve Sut
    • 4 stars

    I add 2 TBS of did mustard powder and juice of half a lemon…..instead of chilli sauce use Salsa sauce….I like my hot.

    • Sally
    • 5 stars

    I love grape meatballs. My recipe has the chili sauce, grape jelly, white vinegar and brown sugar. I’ve been making them for over 30 years like this. They are the most requested for carry in. Like Bonita Hunt I make my own meatballs. I brown them then put them on a baking rack and bake a short time. It gets a little of the grease out of it. I use 93% fat free. I do not think using 99% fat free beef is as good. It is a little to dry.

      • Christine

      How much sugar and vinegar?

        • John J Hargan
        • 3 stars

        Recipe would be nice to have ! Vinegar & Brown Sugar ?

          • Cay Cox

          Recipe please!!!

          • Ana

          Can you post your meatball recipe please? I hate store bought and the ones I make are more for pasta sauce-Italian flavoured

          • River Bloxham

          How much vinegar & brown sugar. Please

            • Nancy

            I’d like to know also!!!

          • Bonita hunt

          I made this recipe but what I did different I use lean ground beef and made my own meatballs delicious