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Slow Cooker Party Meatballs


Updated August 23, 2016
(17 Votes)


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 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

  • 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

One slow cooker meatball recipe is never enough. See what other great-tasting recipes we've got for you in our collection, The Best Meatballs Recipes: 22 Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipes.


  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.


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.


For another slow cooker meatball recipe we love, try these Comforting Chicken Meatballs with Gravy.

Party Tips for Serving Appetizers

If you’re planning on throwing a party whether for a holiday or special occasion, it’s always important to know some party food tips so that your guests are impressed by your hosting skills. To begin with, you want to consider how many people will be attending your gathering. If you have fewer than eight people, two types of appetizers will be enough but more than eight will need about four types of appetizers. A good standard to follow is six to eight pieces per person each hour. You must consider the length of the party as well as how many are attending so that you don’t run out of food within the first hour. Bite-sized and finger foods are your best bet for appetizers, especially since you’ll be the one cleaning up after the end of the night. These meatballs are perfect appetizers for a party, and your guests will love them!

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My grandmother used to add grape jelly to some of her recipes and as a kid I thought it was strange...but after eating whatever she made I never gave it another thought, because it was so good. I've never actually tried it myself, but this recipe looks so easy and's worth a try. The meatballs that I pre-make and freeze would go great with this recipe and would no doubt be just as yummy!

These party meatballs look so easy to make. Using frozen meatballs makes it really easy. I will most likely make these for our Super Bowl Party. I love meatballs made like this and they are always a big thing for parties. I would use my Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce since it is so good...

Oh my gosh, yes, these are the meatballs that my grandmother used to make for special occasions. When I was girl I thought it was some secret recipe! I decided to make these last year for a family Christmas where we put together a buffet of sorts. I made a double batch. They were gone. YUMMMM

This i s a delightful appetizer recipe. My entire family loves these meatballs. They are easy and very, very good! You can also substitute cranberry sauce for the grape jelly and it is awesome too. This recipe is an all around recipe...great as an appetizer, great as a main dish, great for church functions....the possibilities are endless. Try will love them. One thing I recommend is not using the Italian seasoned frozen meatballs. Use the traditional. They just work better.

This easy recipe looks ideal for a party #BestIdeaEver

This is one of my favorite party recipes! Although I wonder whether the BBQ sauce is necessary or whether the meatballs taste just as good with the jelly and chili sauce?

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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