Crock pot grape jelly & BBQ meatballs – only 3 ingredients!


BBQ Meatballs.. easy to make in the crock pot, this recipe only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Doesn’t get better than that.

These crock pot grape jelly meatballs are a family favorite. They are seriously so good and the perfect appetizer for game day! They almost remind me of sweet and sour meatballs but taste better! My Grandpa has been making them for years and we always loved them growing up. My sister even talked him into making them as an appetizer at her wedding. Everyone loved them! Now of course my family has their actual “homemade meatballs” which are amazing and I’ll have to that recipe soon. The best part about these bbq meatballs is no one would ever know they were so simple to make. You could even turn them into a main dish and serve them over sticky rice. YUM!

Crock pot grape jelly meatballs on -only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! YUM!

I love getting the meatballs from Costco or Kroger. They taste the best in my opinion. And sweet baby ray’s BBQ sauce is my personal favorite. :)


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Crock pot grape jelly meatballs on -only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! YUM!

If you want to mix things up you can always try 2 packages of lit’l smokies instead of meatballs too. So good!

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Crock pot grape jelly & BBQ meatballs

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours 55 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours
Servings: 50
Calories: 93 kcal
Author: Jamielyn

BBQ Meatballs.. easy to make in the crock pot, this recipe only takes 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Doesn't get better than that.



  • 32 ounces 32-ounce bag frozen fully cooked meatballs (about 50)
  • 18 ounces 18-ounce jar grape jelly
  • 18 ounces 18-ounce BBQ sauce


  1. Combine the grape jelly and BBQ sauce in a small bowl or in the base of your slow cooker. Add meatballs and stir until they are coated with the sauce. Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.
  2. Enjoy as an appetizer or serve over rice for a main dish.

Recipe Notes

To half this recipe, use 25 meatballs, 1 cup grape jelly and 1 cup BBQ sauce.

Nutrition Facts
Crock pot grape jelly & BBQ meatballs
Amount Per Serving
Calories 93 Calories from Fat 27
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 5%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 13mg 4%
Sodium 118mg 5%
Potassium 83mg 2%
Total Carbohydrates 11g 4%
Sugars 8g
Protein 3g 6%
Vitamin A 0.5%
Vitamin C 1.3%
Calcium 0.8%
Iron 1.5%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Jamielyn Nye

of I Heart Naptime

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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269 comments on “Crock pot grape jelly & BBQ meatballs – only 3 ingredients!”

  1. These look and sound similar to a friend’s meatballs that are amazing! I cannot wait to try these out for something different!!!

  2. We’ve been making these for years at my mom’s, but in lieu of bbq sauce, we use Heinz Cocktail Sauce. Has a tangy flavor. Secret is not to stir often so they get some little crunchy bits and they won’t fall apart.

  3. Been making these for years and they are wonderful!  Don’t overthink it, just throw it all together – guaranteed to be eaten immediately!

  4. These meatballs are amazing!! I love how easy they are too!

  5. What brand are the meatballs?

  6.  GREAAAAAT picture – seriously, these look so yummy!

  7. These look so good! We always have a bunch of different little munchies like this for New Year’s Eve and I think I’m going to add these to the mix this year. Thanks!

  8. I’ve made these for years and they are always eaten up immediately. I use Heinz Chili Sauce instead of bbq sauce. I’m thinking a combination of all 3 (bbq, chili sauce, and grape jelly) would be good as well.

  9. These sound so interesting! Going to have to give them a try!!

  10. Instead of 3 hours on high could i do 6 on low?

  11. Made this for a teacher potluck today at work.  Nearly every teacher came by my room to ask for my recipe! Haha

  12. Is it possible to use fresh ground beef for the meatballs?

    • Hi Amanda! I haven’t tried this recipe with fresh ground beef since it makes it a super simple meal with frozen meatballs. I would think it would work the same but I would cook your meatballs first and then add them to the sauce.

  13. Can you do this with uncooked homemade meatballs?

  14. Ok, I’ve come across this, and want to try it, but my family is kinda picky. Can you taste the grape jelly??

  15. Could I make these in the morn/afternoon, bring in Tupperware to a party and reheat them in the oven? Trying to find simple yet tasty appetizer to bring to a dinner party but something I can make before. If I can hear them up, what temp in the oven would you recommend? Would you recommend tossing in am oven safe casserole dish? Thanks!

    • Yes definitely! You could even microwave them if you didn’t have time to heat them up in the oven! I wouldn’t do higher than 350 if you decide to heat them in the oven.

  16. Hi! I’ve made these before and I want to make again but I need to make them ahead of time and bring them to a dinner party. Would that still be good? I can cook them in the crockpot during the day and then store them in the refrigerator and then heat them up in the oven at the party. Would like your feedback on this. And if it’s ok what temp in the oven do you recommend and for how long?

  17. What Brand are the meatballs?? What store do you get them at?? 

  18. What brand of meatballs and where did you buy them?

  19. Don’t laugh but what other things would be good to serve if I was throwing this into my dinner mix? They seem so tasty but I don’t need to use them as an appetizer just yet. Thank you for any suggestions :) 

  20. Maureen Sierra Del Fuego Reply

    What flavor of meatballs do you use?  I think I’ve seen various flavors.  

  21. Maureen+Sierra+Del+Fuego Reply

    I’ve seen various flavors of meatballs, which do you use?

  22. Hi, I don’t have a crock pot (yes I know!) can i make them in a regular pot?

  23. I’m planning on making these for new years eve and I have honey bbq sauce. do you think that will work?

  24. Hi! Do you think any flavor bbq sauce would be good?? I am not a huge fan of BBQ sauce, but I love Devil’s Spit! Do you think that, with the jelly, and the meatballs would be good together??

  25. Have my ingredients ready. Bringing these to a New Year’s Eve party tonight. Hope they’re a hit. 

  26. These look sooooo good! Instead of doing frozen meatballs I just made my own, they are cooking in the crock pot right now. I hope they turn out good!

  27. These are awesome!  I did add just a dab of mustard and a dash of liquid smoke.  Turned out great!!  Thank you.

  28. Looks super delicious Jamielyn! I will try this tomorrow! Quick question- Would 1 18oz jar grape jelly and 1 18oz BBQ sauce be enough for 70 meatballs or should I add more? Thanks Patti! 

  29. finally a recipe for my favourite meatballs of all time thank you thank you thank you !!! The only place I had ever had them was at my buddies house whenever we are there for special events and sporting events and his wife would never give me the recipe !!! So now I can make them for myself and my kids whenever I want thank you !!! 

  30. I mistakenot got Grape Jam instead of jelly……iS that going to make a dInference?

  31. Sounds fabulous.  I bet u could substitute any flavor jam ie raspberry, pepper jelly, etc.

  32. What size crock pot did you use?  Would it fit in smaller size one?

  33. My husband is Hindu & doesn’t eat beef. Do you think turkey meatballs would change the flavor any?

  34. There are different types of meatballs. Which is the best, Italian style? I never know which will taste better with BBQ sauce. Please advise. Thx

  35. Sounds good! Today on this very cold winter evening in new jersey, i am making the meatballs with chili sauce and cranberry sauce. Never had them however my fiance’s mother makes them and they are very Good! :)

  36. Is it possible to freeze some of the meatballs for later use? (after they have cooked all together..)

  37. I am making these tomorrow for the Super Bowl party! I bought Wal-Mart brand home-style meatballs and am using Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce and the grape jelly! I also toss in some dried minced onion flakes. I am also tossing in several bags of Hillshire Farms Little Smokes (2 bags beef, 1 bag turkey). I made this last Christmas for our office party and it was a huge hit!! The crock pot came home empty…I washed the crock pot at the office…so I came home with a clean crock pot!!

  38. I love crockpot meatballs that taste sweet. I am making this for a super bowl party. I hope i can share these as there is supposed to be lots of snow stopping me. Other wise i will have to  keep them for myself which i am not complaining one bit. More for me (and my husband and kids)!

  39. PAULA KNIGHT posted on JANUARY 14, 2015 at 1:13 PM (#31)
    Sounds fabulous.  I bet u could substitute any flavor jam ie raspberry, pepper jelly, etc.

    One of my coworkers used to bring these for every potluck we had, but he would also bring another crockpot where he would use mustard and red currant jelly. They were both WONDERFUL! Both of them were always the first dish to be gone! I just have trouble finding red currant jelly at my local grocery. 

  40. Looking forward to these for the game today!  Just wondering, do you throw the meatballs into the crockpot while still frozen, or do you defrost them first? I added mine while still frozen and am not sure if I should be anticipating a longer cook tune. Thanks and Happy Super Bowl!!

  41. Looking forward to these for the game today!  Just wondering, do you throw the meatballs into the crockpot while still frozen, or do you defrost them first? I added mine while still frozen and am not sure if I should be anticipating a longer cook time. Thanks and Happy Super Bowl!!

  42. I made these tonight, and they were delicious!! I brought them to a super bowl party and they were all gone when we left.  I ended up doing half chili sauce and half bbq sauce, and it was great!  For anyone that has celiac, and is too lazy to make their own meatballs, Farm Rich has gluten free meatballs, couldn’t be easier!

  43. Can I use ground Venison?

  44. Just so I’m clear, the meatballs go into the slow cooker frozen right. They dont have to be thawed?

  45. Can you use boneless beef chuck ribs and how long to cook if browning??

  46. Do I bake meatballs first or throw in  crockpot frozen? 

  47. Any way you could send me a recipe for 12 pounds of meatballs? I’m making these as one of my wedding appetizers in a week and I’m terrible with ratios!

  48. i got so excited when I saw this recipe in Pinterest! My mother used to make these, I’m making theses this weekend. Thanks. 

  49. Love how simple this is! I made these last night for an office party today (3rd) time making them) and the sauce is as thin as water : ( Any suggestions for fixing or preventing this next time?

    • Hi Tina! I have made these on the stove as well and they seem to be a little thicker. You could try leaving out some of the sauce and adding it near the end as well. :)

  50. Any particular meatball better than another?  I know that I’ve seen different kinds in the store. Italian style, plain , etc.

  51. Try this with cranberry sauce – regular or whole berry –  in place of the jelly. It is even better, trust me!

  52. Would it still be the same 3 hrs on high or 6 hrs on low if I’m doing about 4.5 lbs of meatballs or should I do it longer?

  53. Do I thaw meatballs before cooking?

  54. These were a big hit at my work potluck today! Thank you for sharing

  55. I am getting ready to try these. Two of my mother’s friends were raving about these meatballs. I plan to make them for a party in a couple of weeks but wanted to try them out first. I’ve heard amazing things but I’ll find out tonight!

  56. I’m having quite a bunch at a bday party this weekend. I have a 32oz bag of frozen meatballs but i’m thinking of adding another bag. Would I have to double all the ingredients or would that be a lot?

  57. I love these but every time I’ve made them in a crock pot the meatballs end up soaking in a watery/greasy bath at the end. The jelly and cocktail sauce gets really watered down and doesn’t stick to the meatballs like I see in the photos.  I use good quality frozen meatballs. I’m thinking I might have to cook the meatballs, drain off the liquid and then add the jelly and cocktail sauce and heat another hour or so. Have you seen this before? There really isn’t many things that can go wrong here but I’m kinda scratching my head wondering what’s going wrong.

    • Hi Jeff! I’ve never had a problem with the sauce being watered down. I would try cooking them over the stove, that is how my grandparents originally made the recipe. Or you could add half of the sauce later. :)

  58. Thank you for sharing! I am trying this today, for my sons 34th Birthday Celebration! Recipe so simple! I have had these before and they are delicious! So I know this will be a winning appetizer.

  59. Wld it make a difference in bbq sauce, like if I used honey bbq instead of regular bbq sauce? 

  60. I have to try these! They sound and look delicious! My family has a similar bbq meatball recipe but I know for sure it wouldn’t beat the ease of this one! This would be a good recipe to keep ingredients on hand for unexpected parties! Thanks for sharing! :)

  61. Would this work with chicken wings?

  62. This looks good. I am from Australia and has not tried it yet and cant wait to do it. Would grape jam be ok to use instead of jelly? I am not sure if we have grapes jelly here. The cooking though takes a lot of time. Can this be cooked in oven too? Thanks

    • Hi Chosen! I think grape jam would be a lovely substitute if jelly is not available. You could cook this in the oven, but keep an eye on it to make sure the meatballs cook through and the sauce doesn’t burn. :)

  63. Hi! Thanks for the recipe. Just made them tonight and wanted to ask if there was a way to make the sauce any thicker? It provided a great flavor, but my husband and I were hoping for it to be a bit more like syrup than marinade. Thanks! 

    • Hi Nikki! By the end of the cooking time, the sauce should be thicker and more sticky than a marinade. If it was still thin for you, your crock pot may not be working optimally. If you don’t want to replace it, try decreasing the jelly and bbq sauce to 13 ounces each and see if that helps. :)

  64. I’ve always used  apple jelly. I’m going to try  grape next time

  65. Anyone know what the weight watchers points would be for this? 

    • Hi Hannah! It would depend on the type of meatballs you use. I’d recommend making a recipe on their website or on the app, to figure out the points value for what you’d consider a serving to be. (I can relate!)

  66. Love your stuff

  67. I’ve made the grape jelly meatball recipe for many years but  i use Chili sauce
    (next to the Ketchup) instead of the BBQ sauce. Very sweet and enjoyable but
    sometimes i add a TBL spoon of yellow mustard to tame the sweetness down a little bit. ( a lot of sugar  combined in these two ingredients  )
    I also like Sweet Baby Rays BBQ sauce the best. It’s a good division between the
    Robust flavors of most other sauces and the Honey sweet sauces. 
    Try my recipe and see if this could be an alternate to your recipe in a pinch.
    I’ll try your recipe this weekend.
    Thanks for sharing.

  68. I am so excited to try these today. Just popped them all in my slow cooker before I left for work. Will it make a difference if I leave it on low heat and let it cook close to seven hours?

  69. I also add a can of crushed pineapple.  Tastes great over rice.

  70. Anna-Maria Darton Reply

    I am so excited to try this recipe.  I’m sure my son will love this on rice just like you said. 😀

  71. I have been making these meatballs for years. My cousin gave me the recipe. She said to use original KC Masterpiece bbq sauce. I’m not sure if that bbq sauce is local or is national. But they were delicious! They are always gone right away. Can’t wait to make them for my church Christmas party this year.

  72. Thanks! I am so trying this tomorrow. :)

  73. How would i make my own meatballs ..any specia way or just like normal italian meatballs??

  74. when my son got married, the caterer made these meatballs by using pinante sauce and grape jelly.  They were delicious and everyone raved about them!

  75. Christine Bertrand Reply

    You dont even need the BBQ sauce….all i use is grape jelly, ketchup and meatballs!
    Everyone LOVES them….i buy the frozen meatballs and bake them in the oven for 45 minutes with cajun seasoning mix on them.
    Then combine everything in the crock pot. Making some for work tomorrow!

  76. A good friend has been bringing this in to the office for potlucks for over 20 years.  She can bring something else….as long as she also brings those grape jelly meatballs.  They always sell out.

  77. I don’t have a crockpot.  May I just simmer them slowly on the stove in a sauce pan?

  78. If I serve these as a meal, rather than an appetizer, how many will this recipe serve?

    • This is two pounds of meat, so it should go quite far. It can feed my family of five (two of which are teenage boys!) and have leftovers for one or two lunches. :)

  79. These are great! We add onions too the mixture and then eat it over mashed potatoes! So good!

  80. Hi… what if you dont have a crockpot? How would you make these in the oven? 


    • The key would be to heat it low and slow. I’d set the oven to 225 and make sure I have a tight fitting lid. Even at that low temperature, they’d probably be done an an hour or two.

  81. We are about to have a crowd dive into these favorites! We’ve also enjoyed them with a can of jellied cranberry sauce in lieu of the grape jelly! Delish!!

  82. Cant wait to try these they sound delicious!!!

  83. These sound great! I’m trying them out for dinner tonight. Just wanted to say thanks for the recipe! 

  84. Love this recipe! We do the meatballs over mashed potatoes and have steamed veggies on the side! 

  85. I am making these as we speak…my fiance is at work so I’m hoping it will be a great surprise. My co worker made these and I fall in love!I hope be will too

  86. Would this recipe be good with frozen Swedish meatballs?

  87. Suzie Van Ornam Chatel Reply

    I have made these for years, but using little smokie sausages. My whole family loves them.

  88. Thanks for sharing this!! I was looking for an easy crockpot meatball recipe for our Super Bowl potluck today, and I just knew I’d found someone after my own heart when I saw your website name! My meatballs are cooking as we speak. Can’t wait to eat them! (They smell great!)

  89. I made the frozen meatballs with the grape jelly and chilli sauce for Superbowl yesterday and I have some leftovers can I freeze them even though the meatballs were already frozen?

    • I wouldn’t – not because of the meatballs, but because of the sugar crystallization in the sauce. Maybe a great leftover for lunch with some rice?

  90. Hi there!! I’ve made these a few times now and they’re so awesome! Can you simply double the recipe? 2 18oz jars, 2 18oz bottles and 6 hours?

    • You can definitely double the quantity, but you shouldn’t need to double the time. Three hours should do the trick. :)

  91. Had to make something fast for a Church event! I was late so I looked up recipe for meatballs sauce saw yours and it’s the Best! Thank you! Being a Single Mom I had to budget so I went to food for less bought a bag of Turkey meatballs! Got the Jelly and BBQ sauce at the 99 cent. store! Everybody Loved them! 

  92. Can I substitute Apricot preserves for the grape jelly?

  93. I am making these now… Should the sauce be thick or watery?

  94. Just curious if cooking them on high helps with the sugars in the jelly so they are stickier because I cooked them on low and the sauce was a bit runny but I used equal parts BBQ to jelly ratio. Have you ever cooked them on low? Do you like them on high better?

  95. If you are using a bag of pre cooked frozen meatballs do you put them in the crock pot frozen or thaw them before? What would be the time limits for frozen?

  96. These look awesome!! Are they super super sweet? I’ve also seen a recipe with a packet of ranch dressing powder and bbq sauce for the sauce. Have you ever tried that version? 

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      These are sweet, but not dessert-sweet. They have that nice spicy/salt/sweetness balance. :)

      I haven’t tried that version! If you do, let me know how they taste!

      • Debbie K Lakey

        Walmart sells sugar-free BBQ sauce and I get the all-natural Polaner concord grape jelly

  97. Can you start with frozen UNcooked meatballs?  I assume they’ll cook on high for 3 hours, right?

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      You could try! My bigger concern isn’t of them not cooking through, but getting kind of slimy, as frozen mean when cooking tends to get. Since this will be in a sauce and the juices will be released, your result may be more soupy than sticky with the sauce.

  98. I always add garlic powder and Montreal steak seasoning, still using the same recipe.  When we have chili sauce on hand, I add a little in as well.   Just gives it a little more yum. 

  99. Can I use grape jam instead of jelly?

  100. As crazy as this sounds, I make these with grape jelly and ketchup! They are yummy . . .

    I have 60 people joining us to celebrate our son’s high school graduation and plan to make a boatload of them for the high school kids and will put them in our downstairs “kid cave.” Might make a few different types in different crockpots! My colleague does an even simpler version. She uses meatballs and only one additional ingredient – Jack Daniels BBQ sauce. They are amazing!

  101. Is it necessary to thaw the meatballs first? Some crock pot instructions state not to put frozen food in them. So if they are thawed how would that change the cook time on them?

    • I Heart Naptime Reply

      The time should likely be the same either way, because you want the sauce to get delicious and sticky. :)

  102. Ruthanne Schiavone Reply

    I have used Costcos Turkey meatballs and no one knew they were not beef. I’m making them Saturday for a 97 yr olds birthday.

  103. I use chili sauce in mine…

  104. Is there a different way to make this without a crockpot I’m a cook for a preschool and think they would enjoy this 

    • Low and slow on the stove top in a big pot or in the oven at 250 would work!

      If you’re starting with frozen, you may want to test run a small batch at home. I think at 250, 90 minutes would be good but I’m not 100% certain. :D

  105. I make these all the time but for my sauce I use
    1 cup grape jelly
    1 jar chili sauce
    1 Tbsp lemon juice
    Thought I’d pass on my take on this recipe.

  106. I made these for a friend and everyone wanted to know how they were made. Easy and oh so good. Thanks for sharing.

  107. I am putting the meatballs in the crock pot in the morning. Do I need to put them in frozen or is it ok to put them in the fridge overnight to unthaw them ?Do I need to 

  108. How often to stir (started frozen) so don’t fall apart?

  109. Could I freeze it ahead of time? Thinking of bringing it camping and would rather mix it ahead of time and freeze so it’s less to pack.

    • I’d just bring the frozen meatballs and unopened cans and assemble at the camp ground, would be less mess and easier to pack. :)

  110. Thanks I’m gonna make the meatballs for my sons 2ND B-Day party.

  111. Just put mine in the Crock pot. I used Super Store Angus Frozen meatballs ( box of 64), Welch’s Grape JELLY & of course Sweet Baby Rays regular BBQ sauce. Just like your recipe called for…no tweaking for this girl. I am cooking mine slow for 6 hours. I plan on taking the whole Crock pot to work in the morning and letting them stay on warm until party time! Making them for our Halloween pot-luck at the office for tomorrow. I can’t wait to see the reactions on peoples faces when they indulge. :-)

  112. This recipe is also amazing if you substitute the bbq sauce for chilic sauce, WOW, is all I can say! We also do cocktail weiners in this sauce and they are always a hit.

  113. We use grape jelly and 2 jars of chili sauce. They are amazing.

  114. These are perfect-the same kind we used to have for Christmas.

  115. May be a silly question, but could someone please tell me if you are adding the entire jar of jelly and the entire bottle of BBQ sauce? I didn’t see measurements anywhere, so I’ll assume yes, but just wanted clarification.

  116. Am getting ready to make these using grape jam,Heinz 57 chili sauce,and sweet & spicy BBQ sauce. Because I’m using fresh meatballs will cook them 1/2-3-4 done before adding sauce to crockpot. Because one person said the sauce got mushy Im going to add half the amount till almost done in crockpot then will add more as needed. .
    Either way look delicious for a pre Thanksgiving day dinner. They’ll go great with crackers and cheese,salami,etc..!!!

  117. Can I double this

  118. I’ve never been a huge appetizer maker and have always wanted to try one of these easy, super-delicious recipes. I chose this one, and man were they delicious! I used lil’ smokies with cheddar and it was an easy peasy appetizer. You might not think the cheese would go with the sweet sauce, but it went together really well. Definitely bookmarking this page to make again! Thanks!

  119. Has anyone tried this with cocktailweiners?
    I’ve tried the meatballs & they were great!

  120. BBQ and meatballs sold me. . adding grape jello to it is awesome!

  121. I had these for the first time at a party a couple of years ago and they were so good I went and bought a crock pot just to make them! I have also heard of substituting apricot jelly for the grape, which would probably give it a citrus/Asian flavor. I do like the Baby Rays BBQ, though, because it is sweet and tangy.

  122. If you double the recipe do you need to increase the cooking time in the crock pot?

  123. Have you ever try to serve the meatballs with the sauce which is made from brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and minced cloves garlic? I see that sauce taste very good

  124. Can you substitute grape jam fir the grape jelly?

  125. Hi, doing lil smokies, when you say 2 packs, how many ounces is that? Thanks!

  126. I made these meatballs for my husband’s birthday party a few weeks back. They were absolutely delicious! Thank you so much for sharing the recipe. They were super simple to make and a great combination of sweet and savory. I am featuring these meatballs on my blog,, and have linked the recipe and image back to your site! I haven’t launched yet but hoping to find the courage to do it soon! Thanks again, Tiffany.

  127. I want to make these for our football team. We are having a potluck dinner. How much of each thing will I need to feed 60 teenage boys??

  128. I want to make this for a potluck dinner that will be feeding 60 football players n like 5 coaches. I want to know how much of this do you think I need to make?

    • Hi Debbie! It really depends on if you are serving this as an appetizer or a main dish and if there will be other food. I have served these meatballs over rice and I usually plan on 5 meatballs per person. But keep in mind that teenage boys eat a ton so you may need more! :)

  129. Has anybody tried making them with vegetarian meatballs?

  130. Awesome recipe and so simple. My meatballs came out great. Thank you

  131. Just FABULOUS…
    ANYMORE Quickie crockpot easy for a grammy with a 4 & 5 year old who made their world rock…thank you.😎

  132. Jovanne S DeGuzman Reply

    I will cook this tonight to bring to our pot luck at work tomorrow. I will update you :)

  133. I just bought a bag of frozen meatballs ( 32 oz – 120 bitesize meatballs), what do I have to do to adjust the quantity of the jelly and the bbq sauce (or chili sauce)?Also, I had planned on cooking it on low for 6 hours. Do I have to stir often? Do you recommend me splitting the meatballs into two crock pots? (60 each?) Thank you!

  134. I made the whole Costco Bag of Italian Meatballs (140 meatballs) with grape jelly (30oz plus 10 oz more BBQ was spicy hot) and BBQ sauce (27.5 oz) in the crockpot on high for 4 hours and the sauce turned into water nothing stayed on….  : (
    I had left overs from the potluck that I attended. Any thoughts on why? Also, need to do something with the meatballs that I had left over, suggestions? 

    • Hi Sonia! I’m not sure why the sauce turned watery…you could try saving some of the bbq sauce to add at the end of the cooking. I think that would thicken it up and help it stay on the meatballs better. Also, I really like these meatballs served over rice, so you could do that for dinner with a side of carrots or broccoli!

  135. Everyone loves Meatballs for finger foods, how can I adjust this for Diabetics? 

    • Hi Sandy! I have not tried substituting ingredients in this recipe but you could use a sugar free jelly and Pebble Creek BBQ Sauce (it is made with all natural ingredients and no added sugar or sweetener). Hope that helps! :)

  136. Kieanya Williams Reply

    Do you use the whole bottle of jelly and Bbq sauce?

    • Hi Kieanya! Yes, I use the whole bottle of jelly and BBQ sauce when I make a whole 32 oz bag of meatballs. If you are doing a smaller portion, just make sure to do equal parts jelly and BBQ sauce. :)

  137. Can you use homemade pork sausage meatballs with this recipe?

  138. I bought grape jam by mistake is it going matter?

  139. I’m making this for tomorrow. The meatballs need to be thawed before putting in crockpot or can it be frozen.

  140. Really great taste and easy to make!!

  141. I make these every year but I add a bottle of chili sauce. They are real popular at our Christmas party.  So easy to make.

  142. I’m planning on making this on Saturday at a family after Christmas party. Can I cook them for 2 hours at home and the last hour at my daughter’s or should I cook them 2 1/2 hours home and put it on warm once I get there? Looking forward to eating them up!

  143. Making this for our Girls’ Night get-together tonight. Can’t wait for everyone to try!

  144. These are my favorite one’s, easy to make, party pleaser

  145. If I cut the recipe in half, do i change the time also?

  146. Just made these for a party and they were a hit. So easy and so good.  I can’t wait to make them again.

  147. Helen M Chivari Reply

    Everybody loves these! Everywhere I take them people just Rave about how good they are.

  148. My whole family loves these super easy meatballs!

  149. I’m having a large party and plan on making the entire bag of Costco meatballs which is 6lbs. How much jelly and bbq sauce should I use?

    • I would triple the recipe, so three 18 oz jars of grape jelly and three 18 oz bottles of BBQ sauce. You’ll definitely need to split these up into multiple crock pots. :)

  150. What herb did you sprinkle to garnish these meatballs?

    Thank you!

  151. has anybody used cube chicken ?

  152. If you want something a little more tangy substitute jellied cranberry sauce for grape jelly

  153. I made these for a potluck at work. Everyone loved them!

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