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top down view of the completed slow cooker meatballs served on a white plate with toothpicks

Easy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs are the perfect appetizer!
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American, Western
Keyword slow cooker meatballs
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Servings 16
Calories 294kcal


  • 32 ounces (907g) frozen cooked meatballs homemade or store-bought
  • 20 ounces (550ml) grape jelly
  • 1 1/2 cups (375ml) barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder optional


To make in the slow cooker:

  • Add the frozen meatballs to the crockpot.
  • Pour in grape jelly, bbq sauce, and onion powder (if using), stirring to combine.
  • Place lid on and cook for 2-3 hours on high (mine were ready in 2 1/4 hours).

To make on the stovetop:

  • Add the frozen meatballs to a saucepan.
  • Pour in grape jelly, bbq sauce, and onion powder (if using) and mix.
  • Cover the saucepan and simmer over medium-low until the meatballs are defrosted and warmed through and the grape jelly sauce is nice and hot.


Recipe Tips

  • You can easily double this for a crowd. Just make sure your crockpot is big enough to fit everything in.
  • You can also cut the recipe in half to serve a smaller group.
  • Choose a bbq sauce flavor profile that suits your taste, whether you prefer it smokier, sharper, sweeter, spicer, etc.
  • You can replace a little bit of the grape jelly with some honey.
  • Toasted sesame seeds make a great garnish for the meatballs.

Weight Watchers Points

There are 12 Blue Plan SmartPoints in a serving.

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Calories: 294kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 41mg | Sodium: 319mg | Potassium: 252mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 26g | Vitamin A: 64IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg