Delicious Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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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!

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 or easy dinner idea over rice!

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.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs is an incredibly easy meatball recipe that is always a big hit!! They make the perfect game day appetizer, party cocktail meatball, or easy dinner idea over rice!

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!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Crock Pot Style with only a few key ingredients - grape jelly, chili sauce, cocktail meatballs and a little seasoning. It’s an easy meatball recipe that is always a party food hit!!

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.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs is one of the easiest meatball recipes you can make! With only 6 ingredients needed and under 10 minutes of prep work, these make the perfect holiday app or game day food. Plus we even love them for an easy dinner idea! | THE LOVE NERDS #meatballrecipe #holidayappetizer #gamedayfood

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Now, Let’s Quickly Mix Up Some Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs to Enjoy!

Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 5 mins
 

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!

Course: Appetizer, Main
Servings: 8 servings
Author: Maggie Roush
Ingredients
  • 1 pound meatballs
  • 6 ounces chili sauce
  • 6 ounces Grape Jelly
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 teaspoon Pepper
  • 1 teaspoon Chili Powder
Instructions
  1. Thoroughly mix all the ingredients together other than the meatballs in the slow cooker.

  2. Add meatballs and stir until well coated.

  3. 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.

  4. Once meatballs are cooked thoroughly, turn the heat down to ensure they stay warm and don't overcook. 

Comments

  1. Maggie, these are wonderful!!! I can’t wait to make these – us Germans put grape jelly on everything, so these are a guaranteed winner in our house!! Thanks much! And beautiful site by the way, such valuable content. I’ll be visiting often!

  2. YUM – I love meatballs, and actually have a bourbon whiskey slow cooker recipe that I swear by, but I’ll have to try this one too. We always have grape jelly in the house, after all! 😉 Stopping by via SITS and glad to have found your blog!

    • Oooh, bourbon whiskey recipe sounds amazing! What a great idea!! Have you ever posted the recipe? Thank you so much for stopping by. I can’t wait to check out your blog as well!

  3. I love meatballs, anything sweet & sour, and all things easy – so this recipe is perfect for me! I pinned it so I can give it a try in the very near future. 😀 So glad I found you and this post via the SITS Comment Love event. Hope you have a wonderful day! 🙂

    • I hope you try it and love them! I was so happy with how they turned out. And thank you for stopping by! If interested, there is also a Pick Your Plum giveaway that started today on the blog.

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