This recipe for Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs goes by many names, like: Slam Dunk Meatballs, Easy Meatballs, Savory Glazed Meatballs, Sweet Barbecue Meatballs, Slow Cooker Grape Jelly BBQ Cocktail Meatballs, Grape Jelly Meatballs and even “Morgan’s Favorite Crock Pot Meatballs.” But, no matter what you call them, they are our family’s go-to recipe for meatballs.
With Memorial Day and Father’s Day right around the corner, this dish would make a great addition to your family get-together. And let’s not forget Independence Day!
The barbecue sauce and grape jelly crock pot meatballs are a three ingredient dish. Care to guess what the ingredients are? Yep! Barbecue sauce, grape jelly and meatballs, of course. Care to guess how you cook them? Yep! In a crock pot or slow cooker. You literally throw a bottle of barbecue sauce, a jar of your favorite grape jelly into crock pot or slow cooker (or whatever you call it), blend well, stir in the meatballs and cook on high for 3-3-1/2 hours. That’s it. Super easy. Super yummy. And, if your family is like my family, super gone!
Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly Crock Pot Meatballs
1 18 oz Jar of Grape Jelly
1 18 oz. Bottle of Barbecue Sauce
1 package (2 lb) frozen prepared meatballs
Add grape jelly and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker (crock pot); stir to blend well. Stir in meatballs to coat. Cover and cook on high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until meatballs are thoroughly heated and sauce is simmering.
So simple, yet so good!
You can use any brand of barbecue sauce (my preference is Sweet Baby Ray’s) and any brand of grape jelly (I don’t have a brand preference).
- 1 18 oz Jar of Grape Jelly
- 1 18 oz. Bottle of Barbecue Sauce
- 1 package (2 lb) frozen prepared meatballs
- Add grape jelly and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker (crock pot); stir to blend well.
- Stir in meatballs to coat.
- Cover and cook on high for 3 to 3-1/2 hours, stirring halfway through the cooking time, until meatballs are thoroughly heated and sauce is simmering.
We eat these meatballs anytime we have the whole gang over, for parties, family get together and even graduation parties. They make for a great appetizer or main course. You can sprinkle on Parmesan cheese and serve in a hoagie or hot dog style bun, serve over rice or simply put them on a plate and eat them with a fork – or eat them with a toothpick, if you’re anything like our daughter. They also go great with Parker House Rolls.
My family l o v e s this dish and even if we do have leftovers (rarely), they are easy to warm up. So, grab a jar of your favorite barbecue sauce (Sweet Baby Ray’s – yum) and a jar of your favorite grape jelly, along with a bag of meatballs and you’ve got yourself one sweet and savory main dish or appetizer.
This is a dish that even your picky eaters will love!
Til next time…