This recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the slow cooker is an incredibly easy meatball recipe that is always a big hit!! They make the perfect game day appetizer, easy dinner idea over rice or holiday party food!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs are easy and delicious!
My favorite recipes are ones that require less than 10 minutes of prep work, like these slow cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs! We have added them to our party menus many times because they are always quickly eaten up, so you should definitely consider them while planning for the upcoming holidays and game days.
We have also made them for just ourselves for an easy dinner idea. When we do so, I normally serve them alongside brown rice and a salad. With only a few kitchen staples, it’s easy to keep everything on hand in the pantry and freezer.
Since these easy sweet and sour meatballs are made in the slow cooker, it’s easy to prep them ahead of time for a party and keep them warm throughout the day. Just make sure to turn the heat down on the slow cooker to warm once your meatballs are cooked thoroughly to avoid the sauce burning.
When we have the time, I love making a large batch of homemade meatballs that we enjoy eating with pasta, with marinara sauce on a sandwich and even with sweet and sour sauce in the slow cooker! When time isn’t on our hands, this cocktail meatball recipe is still delicious using a bag of store bought meatballs in the freezer section. We usually have at least one bag in the freezer for those easy dinner nights.
Side Note: I always prefer homemade chicken meatballs or homemade turkey meatballs! In fact, one of my favorite meatball recipes is my blue cheese stuffed buffalo chicken meatballs. The frozen bags never seem to have the same flavor or texture.
Meatball recipes are honestly a favorite in this house! They are versatile with a wide range of flavor options from Honey Sriracha Meatballs to Pineapple Tequila Meatballs or Chicken Parmesan Meatballs! We tend to have them at least once a month during these colder months which works out well because Liam loves them, too!
HOW TO MAKE EASY SWEET AND SOUR MEATBALLS IN THE SLOW COOKER:
First, you will need to gather your chili sauce, grape jelly, Worcestershire sauce, pepper and chili powder. Add all of these to your slow cooker and mix thoroughly to make the sauce. If you are thinking this combination of ingredients for sweet and sour sauce sounds weird, I completely agree with you! But it does totally work! Chili sauce and grape jelly just work together in an unexpected way.
Then, you will need to choose which meatballs you would prefer to use – homemade meatballs or frozen store bought. If you are wanting to make sweet and sour chicken meatballs or sweet and sour turkey meatballs, I strongly suggest making them from scratch as store bought just won’t be the same. Add them to your sauce and toss.
Cook refrigerated meatballs on high for 2 hours and frozen meatballs on high for 3-4 hours, stirring occasionally. If you need to them keep them warm for a party, move the slow cooker down to warm to prevent any burning.
WHAT IS CHILI SAUCE?
I get a lot of questions about chili sauce, so I thought I would address some of them here. Chili sauce is not the same thing as ketchup or cocktail sauce, though all are tomato based condiments. Heinz Chili Sauce is the most common to find in grocery stores.
Chili sauce is made from chiles, tomatoes and spices, making it similar in consistency to ketchup but spicier. It is not especially spicy though so don’t be concerned about your guests, especially when combining it with a sweet jelly. Cocktail sauce, on the other hand, gets it’s kick from horseradish and often includes lemon juice.
HELPFUL KITCHEN TEMS FOR MAKING THIS RECIPE:
- Set and Forget Slow Cooker
- Slow Cooker Liners
- Cocktail Bamboo Forks
- Appetizer and Dessert Tasting Set
- White Tasting Plates
YOU MIGHT ALSO ENJOY THESE OTHER APPETIZER RECIPES:
- Hawaiian BBQ Chicken Cups
- Loaded Baked Potato Dip
- BBQ Pulled Pork Nachos
- French Onion and Bacon Dip
- Beer Cheese Dip
Now, Let’s Quickly Mix Up Some Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs to Enjoy!
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs is an incredibly easy meatball recipe that is always a big hit!! They are the perfect game day appetizer or easy dinner idea over rice!
- 1 pound meatballs
- 6 ounces chili sauce
- 6 ounces Grape Jelly
- 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
- 1 teaspoon Pepper
- 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together other than the meatballs in the slow cooker.
Add meatballs and stir until well coated.
Cook refrigerated meatballs on high for 2 hours and frozen meatballs on high for 3-4 hours. Stir a couple times throughout for even cooking.
If you are cooking a larger batch of meatballs, you will probably need to cook for longer.
Once meatballs are cooked thoroughly, turn the heat down to ensure they stay warm and don't overcook.