Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

These Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs are so simple and full of flavor. If you are in need of a quick dinner, that is ready when you get home from a busy day, you need this recipe. It's quick, simple, delicious, and easy.

These are so good! My mom would make these growing up and I could never get enough. We love having them as a meal over rice, but they would be perfect for a party if you just served the meatballs with toothpicks!  I’ve also heard that you can use the same sauce with Little Smokies!  This is the perfect recipe to throw in the crock pot on a busy day.

I usually end up eating them throughout the day because they smell so good!

Only 3 ingredients!  I used turkey meatballs rather than regular but they both are great!

This recipe can easily be made into a freezer meal that literally takes only a couple of minutes to prepare. Just read the instructions of the recipe for directions on how to make this a quick and easy freezer meal.

Freezer meals are one of our favorite dinners, because you can prep ahead of time, and eat them throughout the week, or later that month.

I usually purchase double of this recipe, and eat one, and freeze another. It’s also a recipe I know everyone in my family will love, and eat.

You could also use the Instant pot with this recipe. Just add 1/2 cup of water.

what could i serve with this recipe?

Side dishes are the most tricky part of dinner to me. I am always exhausted after making the main dish, and now they want side dishes? However, we have a few simple dishes that would pair perfectly with this Asian dish.

Here are a few we recommend:

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Serves: 8

Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs

One of my favorite recipes to make when I need a quick dinner or appetizer!

5 minPrep Time

5 hrCook Time

5 hr, 5 Total Time

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  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce
  • 1 (16-18 ounce) jar grape jelly
  • 1 (2 pound) package frozen meatballs


  1. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Combine jelly and chili sauce in a crock pot and stir until smooth. Heat the mixture if needed to combine.
  3. Add meatballs or cocktail sausages and set temperature to low. Cook for 2-5 hours on low.
  4. Serve over rice or with toothpicks.


To make this a quick and easy freezer meal: In a bowl, combine chili sauce and grape jelly until smooth. Place meatballs in a resealable gallon-sized freezer bag. Pour in the chili sauce mixture and mix together in the bag until thoroughly combined. Zip bag closed. When ready to eat, remove from freezer and thaw in fridge for 24 hours. Spray slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray and place contents of bag inside slow cooker. Cook on HIGH for 1-2 hours or LOW for 3-4 hours. Serve over rice or with toothpicks (makes a great appetizer too!).



1624 cal


19 g


352 g


18 g
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60 Responses to “Slow Cooker Sweet and Tangy Meatballs”

  1. I have a little different version I use. It is one to two cans of Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce and one to two bottles of Sweet Baby Rae's Honey Barbaque Sauce. One to two of each depending on how many meatballs you use. I use two of each for the large bag of meatballs from Costco. We like to serve it over rice. It's delish!
  2. This is a great recipe however, there is another one I use that is even better! You make (or use frozen) meatballs and then cook them with a stick of butter, 3/4 cup brown sugar, and a (small) bottle of Heinz 57 sauce. They are beyond amazing!!! This recipe is especially good for those that can't use the chili sauce, as I saw one person post about.
  3. We've made these before and everyone has loved them! Recently I tried Sweet Baby Ray's Chipolte BBQ sauce, 1-2 Tbsp dry chipolte seasoning and Apricot (or mango) preserves. It was absolutely delish, and depending on how much dry seasoning you add, can be made a little spicier for adults =)
  4. We've made these before and everyone has loved them! Recently I tried Sweet Baby Ray's Chipolte BBQ sauce, 1-2 Tbsp dry chipolte seasoning and Apricot (or mango) preserves. It was absolutely delish, and depending on how much dry seasoning you add, can be made a little spicier for adults =)
  5. I make these too! They are delicious and a crowd pleaser especially for kids, men and teenagers!

    I use frozen sirloin meatballs, 1 jar chilli sauce, 1 jar grape jelly, 1 tbsp of garlic and 1 cup of Asian style sweet and sour chili sauce.

    And I get requests to bring this to potlucks all the time.

    Yes sometimes - depending on the crowd - I make a double batch!
  6. My mom made these as well, the same way too! I have changed it a bit I use red pepper jelly instead of the grape because our family adores a little spice! I have also used the jalapeno jelly as well (its green) and it was amazing too! Honestly, neither are too spicy. It really just gives it a little bit of a kick. Plus the sweet/spicy mix works really well with these!
    • Just made these with a 13oz jar of Pepper Jelly and a 14oz can of Cranberry sauce, turned out really well. My wife usually makes it with the chili sauce from the original post and a jar of sweet and sour. I used the pepper jelly since the guys at work like spicier stuff. They evaporated, lol, going to have to make a double batch next time.
  7. These sound delish! I also make one that is similar . . . 1 can of whole cranberry sauce 1 bottle of Sweet Baby Rae's Honey Barbeque sauce Mix the two together well 20 oz of meatballs (frozen) Put in crock pot and cook on low for about 5 hours (I layer sauce and meatballs) This is always a hit wherever I bring it! Excellent over rice or all alone!
    • Here is a recipe for homemade chili sauce. There is more to it than ketchup and chili powder. Hope this helps! Ingredients 8 ounce can of tomato sauce 2 tablespoons of tomato paste Juice of 1/2 of a fresh lemon 2 tablespoons of light brown sugar 1/4 teaspoon of dry mustard 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder 1/4 teaspoon of chili powder Couple dashes of Worcestershire sauce Instructions Whisk ingredients together until thoroughly mixed.
    • Here is the link for the nutritional information on this recipe. A lot of our recipes are on There you can find the nutrition. You can also enter the ingredients into MyFitnessPal.

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