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Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

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Grape jelly meatballs are incredibly easy to make in the crock pot! You only need 3 ingredients and 5 minutes to prep this delicious meal or appetizer.

These meatballs are one of my favorite appetizers because they’re just so easy to make. A couple of my other favorite “never fail” appetizers are these Ham and Cream Cheese Roll Ups, Buffalo Chicken Dip and Garlic Chicken Wings recipes.

a plate of grape jelly meatballs

Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs

My family LOVES meatballs so we make a variety of recipes using them quite often. I’ve shared our Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe, which has an awesome flavor too. However, this grape jelly meatball recipe I am going to share with you today is not only very delicious, but it is even easier to make.

The great part about this recipe is that it’s so versatile. They’re perfect to serve as an appetizer when hosing a party but we also will make a batch of them for dinner. Just serve them with a side of Roasted Vegetables or Mashed Potatoes and you have a full meal.

ANNNND these grape jelly meatballs are made using only 3 ingredients that you literally place in the slow cooker and forget about until you are ready to eat. I love easy foods that tempt my taste buds!

3 Simple Ingredients

To make grape jelly meatballs you only need 3 basic ingredients, which I’m sure you could guess.

Meatballs – I typically will just grab a bag of frozen Italian style meatballs from the store but Homemade Meatballs also work great!

BBQ Sauce – I love Sweet Baby Ray’s original flavor for this recipe. Whatever your preference, just grab a bottle of it or whip up your favorite Homemade BBQ Sauce.

Grape Jelly – I’ve used several brands of jelly and they all seem to taste very similar.

How To Make Grape Jelly Meatballs

This meatball recipe that uses grape jelly is so easy and is made is just a couple easy steps. Plus, I have created a short video showing the delicious and easy process that’ll be running off to the side.

Ingredients – First, pour the frozen meatballs into the crock pot. I like to mix the barbecue sauce and grape jelly first and them pour it over the meatballs.

Heat – Cook the meatballs on the low setting for about 6 hours. If you’re short on time, you can use the high setting and let them cook for at least 2 hours.

Stir – You’ll want to stir the meatballs periodically while they’re cooking. If you don’t, the ones on the bottom of the crock pot will typically burn and nobody wants that.

crock pot full of meatballs cooking in bbq sauce and grape jelly

Recipe Tips & Variations

Can You Use Raw Meatballs – Yes, you can cook raw meatballs in the slow cooker using this grape jelly meatball recipe. I like to keep it simple and use frozen meatballs but if you can definitely make your own meatballs. If you do, you have to try our easy Homemade Meatballs recipe. If you decide to make your own, use a kitchen thermometer to be sure the internal temperature of the meatball reaches 165 degrees F.

A Little Spice – If you prefer a little kick to your meatballs, you can substitute the grape jelly with chili sauce.

Grape Jelly Substitutes – If you’re not a fan of grape jelly you can try apricot jelly, apple jelly, raspberry jelly and even cranberry sauce.

white bowl full of meatballs made with grape jelly

More Appetizer Recipes

These meatballs are easily one of our family’s favorite things to eat. Leave us a comment below and let us know how you liked them or tag us on social media the next time you serve these at a party you’re hosting so we can see all of the fun you’re having!

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Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe

Ready for a simple dinner idea that your family will love? These grape jelly meatballs that you make in a crock pot are just for you!
Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, party
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 653 kcal


  • 2 lb frozen meatballs
  • 12 oz grape jelly
  • 12 oz BBQ sauce


  1. Place the frozen meatballs into your crock pot.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the grape jelly and BBQ sauce until well blended. Pour over meatballs.
  3. Cook on low all day or on high for 2-4 hours.
  4. Serve as a party appetizer or partner with mashed potatoes and dinner rolls for a delicious dinner!

Recipe Video

Nutrition Facts
Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe
Amount Per Serving (1 serving)
Calories 653 Calories from Fat 288
% Daily Value*
Fat 32g49%
Saturated Fat 12g75%
Cholesterol 109mg36%
Sodium 685mg30%
Potassium 609mg17%
Carbohydrates 62g21%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 46g51%
Protein 26g52%
Vitamin A 138IU3%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 51mg5%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Easy 3 Ingredient Meatballs made with grape jelly and bbq sauce on a white plate with yellow mashed potatoes and parsley sprinkled on top

This recipe originally published on Somewhat Simple in February 2014. It was updated in July 2020 and still reigns as one of our family’s favorite dinners! 

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