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3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

By: Blair Lonergan from
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs
3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

"These 3-Ingredient Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs are the perfect easy appetizer, party snack, or weeknight dinner for busy families! With only 5 minutes of prep, you can let your Crock Pot do the work while you enjoy time with friends and family this season! Between holidays, football tailgates, and autumn festivals, Fall is a great time to celebrate family fun! But all of this excitement also means that schedules are busy and you probably feel like you’re pulled in a million different directions. When life gets chaotic, it becomes even more important to take time out to just enjoy the season and focus on what’s most important — like your family and friends! The goal is to spend less time fussing over the details, and more time relaxing and having FUN!"

Serves8 people

Preparation Time5 min

Cooking Time3 hr

Slow Cooker Time LOW3 hr

Cooking Vessel Size6-quart slow cooker

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Hello Sandi C. I like to use my own recipe. I find that the meatballs from the store are often bland when froze, but I prefer the spices I put in my meatloaf, don't you? You can make up an extra batch the next time you make spaghetti or hoagies and freeze the extra batch. It saves you time and you never have to worry about the hubby not liking the meatballs.

I love meatballs in the crockpot. They taste good and get a great texture to them. I really like the cocktail ones with the chili sauce mixed with cranberry jelly. Can anyone recommend a good tasting frozen meatball though? My husband doesn't like the frozen ones much but I love them because they're easy. I haven't tried turkey meatballs as of yet but that might be a good option. Any decent ones out there?

I think I'll try this using different kinds of barbecue sauces, like hickory smoke and sweet honey and a zesty one too. It would make a great appetizer for upcoming holiday get-togethers. I think I'll split them into two separate slow cookers, and put a different kind of sauce in each.

I've made this recipe many times and used various BBQ sauces ranging from sweet and sour to hot and spicy. It is super easy to make and is a real crowd pleaser. It is suitable as a side at parties and stays warm in the crock pot for hours. It pairs well with a simple rice dish.


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