Do you have a good cocktail meatball recipe I can make in a slow cooker?

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  1. Mattsmom277

    Mattsmom277 Active Member

    I'm looking for a good cocktail meatball recipe to throw in the slow cooker for new years eve. I am finding many online but most combine pineapple chunks and grape jelly. I'm trying to really minimize sugar, obviously there will be some since I'm looking for a sweet and sour type recipe. Thought Id pick your brains in case any of you have a good recipe on hand that might work. I'm using frozen meatballs but very good quality (sirloin). It will be something we will self serve and eat with toothpicks type thing, hot from the slow cooker.
  2. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    Sweet and Sour Sauce:

    1 bottle Heinz chili sauce
    1 bottle of water (use chili sauce bottle)
    1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
    1 can whole berry cranberry sauce
    1/4 c. red wine (optional)

    Mix together ingredients for sweet & sour sauce in a sauce pan and simmer until well blended.

    Pour sweet and sour sauce over meatballs. Bake 2 1/2 hours at 350 degrees turning meatballs every half hour.

    Meatballs can be kept warm in a slow cooker or a crock pot.
  3. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member


    1 (15 oz.) can whole tomatoes, cut up
    1 1/4 c. brown sugar
    1/4 c. cider vinegar
    1/2 tsp. salt
    1 sm. onion, minced
    8 to 10 ginger snaps, crushed
    Dash of Worcestershire sauce

    Combine all sweet-sour ingredients in large saucepan. Bring to a boil, stirring frequently. Reduce heat, simmer until ginger snaps are dissolved. Add meatballs and heat through.
  4. KTMom91

    KTMom91 Well-Known Member

    1/3 c. sugar
    1/3 c. cider vinegar
    2 tbsp. soy sauce
    2 tbsp. sherry
    1/4 c. catsup
    2 tbsp. cornstarch dissolved in
    1/2 c. pineapple juice

    Combine all ingredients in saucepan. Cook over medium heat, stirring until thickened.
  5. CrazyinVA

    CrazyinVA Well-Known Member Staff Member

    I go the easiest way ... I just put frozen meatballs in the crockpot and cover them with two bottles of marinade (I've been partial to Ken's Honey Teryaki lately, but you could pick any flavor that suits you). I take one of the empty bottles, fill it about 1/3 of the way with water and shake (to get the extra marinade out), and pour that in, too. Cook for 3-4 hours on high and done.
  6. AnnieO

    AnnieO Shooting from the Hip

    I have one that uses no-sugar grape jelly!

    Throw meatballs, 1 bottle bbq sauce (I like the honey flavor for this), about 2 cups of water and 1 small jar no-sugar grape jelly in crock pot. Stir. Cook all day.
  7. DDD

    DDD Well-Known Member

    I used 50/50 Coctail Sauce and grape jelly. Some people add sauteed onions. It's easy and popular. DDD
  8. Suz

    Suz (the future) MRS. GERE

    This is my favorite meatball recipe. It's similar to Mary's, with fewer ingredients:

    Ultimate Party Meatballs


    • 1 14-ounce can Ocean Spray® Jellied Cranberry Sauce
    • 1 12-ounce bottle Heinz® Chili Sauce (can also use tomato sauce instead)
    • 1 2-pound bag frozen, pre-cooked, cocktail-size meatballs

    Combine sauces in a large saucepan. Cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth. Add meatballs. Cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.
    Makes 30 appetizer servings.

    Slow cooker Preparation: Place meatballs in a slow cooker. Combine sauces and pour over meatballs. Cover and cook 4 hours on HIGH.
  9. DammitJanet

    DammitJanet Well-Known Member Staff Member

    You folks have got me hooked on using cranberry sauce in the crockpot!
  10. ML

    ML Guest

    50/50 grape jelly and chili sauce. Yum. That is what I am bringing to the NYE party tomorrow night.
  11. HaoZi

    HaoZi Guest

    We tried this with little smokies, but I think it would work for your meatballs. 3 parts Honey BBQ sauce to 1 part A1 Sauce. It's sweet, then tangy, then has a kick at the end.