Bavarian Style Meatballs


These sweet and sour meatballs with sauerkraut, chili sauce, and cranberry sauce are the perfect appetizer. They're easy to make in the slow cooker and taste so good.

Bavarian style meatballs with Sauerkraut and gravy in baking dish
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
4 hrs 5 mins


  • 27 ounces Bavarian-style sauerkraut, undrained

  • 1 (16 ounce) can whole cranberry sauce

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle tomato-based chili sauce

  • 1 cup water

  • 1 cup packed brown sugar

  • 1 (16 ounce) package frozen meatballs


  1. Mix sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, water, and brown sugar together in a mixing bowl until well combined.

  2. Place meatballs into a slow cooker. Pour in sauce and mix until meatballs are coated. Cover and cook on Medium, stirring occasionally, until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the center reads at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C), about 4 hours.


Sometimes I substitute pineapple juice for the water and add a can of pineapple chunks.

Editor's Note:

If your slow cooker only has High and Low settings, try 2 to 3 hours on High or 5 to 6 on Low. The most important indicator will be the internal temperature, which needs to be at least 160 degrees F (71 degrees C).

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

387 Calories
15g Fat
56g Carbs
9g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 387
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 15g 19%
Saturated Fat 7g 34%
Cholesterol 43mg 14%
Sodium 1119mg 49%
Total Carbohydrate 56g 20%
Dietary Fiber 5g 17%
Protein 9g
Vitamin C 15mg 73%
Calcium 80mg 6%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 212mg 5%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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