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Crockpot 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 meatballs are a tried and true appetizer recipe of mine. They literally couldn’t be easier to make and everyone always loves them. Other easy go-to’s are little smokies, meatball sliders and pigs in a blanket.

bbq meatballs with sliced green onions

The Perfect Appetizer

These crockpot BBQ 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 these crockpot meatballs 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 recipe,” which are just as amazing.

The best part about these BBQ meatballs is that no one would ever know how simple they are to make. You could even turn them into a main dish and serve them over sticky rice. YUM!

grape jelly bbq meatballs in the crockpot

3 simple ingredients!

These slow cooker grape jelly meatballs are so easy to make. You just need the 3 ingredients below to get started:

How to make crockpot BBQ meatballs

  1. Add ingredients to crockpot. Pour grape jelly and BBQ sauce in the bottom of your crockpot. Add in the meatballs and stir until fully coated.
  2. Cook meatballs in crockpot. Cook frozen meatballs in crockpot for 2 to 3 hours on high, or until warm. Make sure to stir a few times throughout.
  3. Serve and enjoy! Garnish with sliced green onions if desired and serve as an appetizer or main dish.
crockpot bbq meatballs with sliced green onions


There are plenty of ways to easily mix up the flavors in this recipe. Check out some other yummy variations below:

  • Sub Heinz chili sauce for BBQ sauce for an extra kick.
  • Replace grape jelly with 16 ounces sliced or diced pineapple for Hawaiian meatballs.
  • Use 1/4 cup honey instead of jelly for a a little healthier alternative (add more or less to to taste).
  • Make cranberry meatballs with leftover cranberry sauce from Thanksgiving. Sub an equal amount of cranberry sauce for grape jelly.
  • Use 2 packages of little smokies instead of meatballs.

More easy appetizers:

bbq meatballs with chopped scallions on top

Crockpot Meatball Recipe

4.94 from 103 votes
Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs.. easy to make in the crock pot with only 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep! Doesn’t get better than that.
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 2 hrs 55 mins
Total Time: 3 hrs
Servings: 10


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

Optional: Cooked rice, sliced green onions


    • 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.
      meatballs and sauce in pot
    • Cook on high for 2 to 3 hours or low for 3 to 4 hours. Turn the slow cooker to warm until ready to serve.
      cranberry meatballs in crockpot
    • Enjoy as an appetizer or serve over rice for a main dish.
      crockpot meatball recipe



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

    Calories: 382kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 15g | Fat: 19g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 65mg | Sodium: 355mg | Potassium: 352mg | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 70IU | Vitamin C: 3.8mg | Calcium: 29mg | Iron: 1.2mg
    Course: Appetizer
    Cuisine: American
    Author: Jamielyn Nye

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