These are very good, and very easy; the meatballs are made in cooked in a slow cooker. I sometimes like to add a can of chunk pineapple when I make them, and then I substitute pineapple juice for the water.

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Ingredients

7
Original recipe yields 7 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • In a medium size mixing bowl, combine chili sauce, cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, water, and brown sugar. Mix well. Pour sauce and meatballs in a slow cooker, stir.

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  • Cook, covered, at a medium temperature for 4 hours. Stir occasionally to coat meatballs.

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Nutrition Facts

494.4 calories; 11.5 g protein; 76.7 g carbohydrates; 49.5 mg cholesterol; 1953.5 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2004
I have been making this recipe for years and someone ALWAYS asks me for it when I take them somewhere during the holidays I keep the ingredients on hand in case a sudden party comes up. One thing I do is cook the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the slow cooker the are a lot less spongy and watery that way. Read More
(105)

Most helpful critical review

Rating: 2 stars
08/27/2003
We did not like this recipe-we doubled the amount of meatballs called for and still had too much of the mixture. On top of that we did not enjoy the flavor at all and it sort of smelled weird while cooking-will never make this again. Read More
(55)
154 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 102
  • 4 star values: 29
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 6
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2004
I have been making this recipe for years and someone ALWAYS asks me for it when I take them somewhere during the holidays I keep the ingredients on hand in case a sudden party comes up. One thing I do is cook the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the slow cooker the are a lot less spongy and watery that way. Read More
(105)
Rating: 5 stars
06/11/2004
I have been making this recipe for years and someone ALWAYS asks me for it when I take them somewhere during the holidays I keep the ingredients on hand in case a sudden party comes up. One thing I do is cook the meatballs in the oven before putting them in the slow cooker the are a lot less spongy and watery that way. Read More
(105)
Rating: 5 stars
12/02/2006
Perfect as an appetizer for holiday parties. Most people are surprised by the delicious combination of cranberry sauce and sauerkraut. Definitely use WHOLE BERRY cranberry sauce. I usually reduce sugar to 1/2 cup and use only 14 oz. of drained sauerkraut. Works equally well with beef turkey or pork meatballs. Can be made ahead and frozen. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
08/27/2003
We did not like this recipe-we doubled the amount of meatballs called for and still had too much of the mixture. On top of that we did not enjoy the flavor at all and it sort of smelled weird while cooking-will never make this again. Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
12/31/2003
This is a great recipe!!!! I made these for a company pot luck and everyone raved about them! They have a tangy flavor that is kind of like a sweet/sour taste. Every time I make these people always ask for the recipe. They take about 3 or 4 minutes to throw together! Try these! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/11/2006
Loved it. Cut the sugar in half and found it sweet enough. Doubled the meat balls. Cooked on high for 1 hour and then 3 hours on low. Will do again for sure. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
10/22/2006
Great recipe! We had friends bring it to an Oktoberfest party and served it as an appetizer. I made it tonight and served it over rice as the main dish. My kids loved it and asked for seconds. Definitely will make again! Read More
(29)
Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2004
delicious!! served as the main course of dinner over white rice with salad and breadsticks. The kids ate every bite and so did the grownups!! I used 1 chopped onion instead of sauerkraut. I also used about 1/2-3/4c. brown sugar it was sweet enough as it was!! Will certaainly make again!! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
12/09/2006
A little too sweet for my taste but all the party goers LOVED them. I used 1/2 the sugar as some others suggested. Read More
(22)
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2008
These meatballs were pretty good--good sweet and sour flavor. The sauerkraut turned off some of the guests from an appearance standpoint, but the flavor really was good! The recipe calls for "tomato based chili sauce" and I had the hardest time finding it--there is chili sauce in the oriental section, mexican section, chili section, but I finally found the correct chili sauce in with the ketchup! :) Read More
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