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Slow Cooker Party Meatballs
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Our readers love cocktail meatballs slow cooker recipes and in response, we created Our Version of Slow Cooker Party Meatballs in the AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes Test Kitchen. This easy slow cooker meatballs recipe is tested and approved! With only 5 ingredients, you can't go wrong with this ultimate party meatballs recipe! It's so easy to prepare, and these meatballs are versatile for any number of occasions, whether you're throwing a holiday party, a regular get-together, a game-day gathering, or even need a bring-along dish for a potluck. These tangy and savory meatballs will disappear, the minute they hit your refreshment table. Serve them straight out of your slow cooker, or arrange them on a plate with toothpicks. Your guests will love them! You can leave the meatballs to cook all day on LOW, or cook up them a couple of hours before your party on HIGH. This easy slow cooker meatballs recipe will save you time and again.

Preparation Time: 5 min

Ingredients
  • 1 (28-ounce) bag frozen meatballs meatballs
  • 1 (18-ounce) jar grape jelly
  • 1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce (use about 6 ounces)
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle of BBQ sauce
  • 1 large vidalia onion, chopped

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Instructions
  1. Chop or mince onion to desired-sized pieces.
  2. Place chopped onion on the bottom of your slow cooker insert.
  3. Stir together grape jelly, BBQ sauce, and chili sauce in separate bowl until thoroughly blended.
  4. Add sauce to slow cooker insert and combine with onions until blended.
  5. Add meatballs to slow cooker and stir until meatballs are coated.
  6. Cook the meatballs in sauce for 6 to 8 hours on LOW or 2 to 2 1/2 hours on HIGH until meatballs are cooked through. Stir occasionally.

     

Notes

*This recipe was adapted from this 3-Ingredient Party Meatballs Recipe -- a reader favorite!

**Onions are optional. If you include them, it's suggested to serve the meatballs, cocktail-style, without the onions. They can be used simply to add flavor to the sauce.


 

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Member 1566315: They likely won't get mushy, but they might shrink and get a little tough if you cook them too long. It depends on the meatballs you're working with, too. Thanks! Editor, AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

Question: Can I cook slow cooker party meatballs a day ahead then just put slow cooker on low to reheat and serve the following day? Will they get mushy if left on low most of day?

As a single male, I have used frozen meatballs for years and my guests have enjoyed them at my parties. I have used a couple of jars of Alfredo sauce when on sale and it is a change of pace from the BBQ sauce.

Did not mean to post twice.

I love using the frozen meatballs, typically I can purchase them for about 10 cents per meatball plus the sauces. I have used a couple of jars of Alfredo Sauces on Sales instead of the BBQ sauce for a change of pace. Just make sure you allow plenty of time if they are frozen. This is so simple even a single male can do this dish.

I have made these almost every Xmas. I made them once and from then on , I am asked to make them. Yes, they are from the frozen meatballs, but I am sure if you desire to make the meatballs ffrom stratch, they will be just as good. I like quick, so I use the frozen kind. Never have made them with BBQ sauce, but since I am doing them this Xmas, will try that. I am sure they will be good also. So simple to fix. Try them, you will like them.

make your own there are only real ingredients you put in not the junk they put in the frozen. Do you really want to eat more of that junk? Added sugar, salt and things you cannot pronounce or even know what the junk is. Fast food frozen is not real meat, IT IS MEAT BY PRODUCTS with added ????? who knows.

Packaged meatballs were a "no no" for me. I kept experimenting until I found a brand that was extraordinary. My life has become simplified. It was well worth the effort for this Italian gal. In my area where I live, the Shop-Rite brand is excellent. (North Jersey).

So disappointed! I was expecting an actual meatball recipe - not a recipe using frozen commercial meatballs. Finding really good meatballs is not an easy task, and I was hoping for a better solution. Booo!

@beski1997 8421442: We're glad you liked them! Thanks for letting everyone know how great they are. -- Editors of AllFreeSlowCookerRecipes

These were amazing. So easy and everyone loved them!!

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