An extremely easy appetizer that keeps them coming back for seconds.

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Recipe Summary

prep:
30 mins
cook:
30 mins
additional:
5 mins
total:
1 hr 5 mins
Servings:
6
Yield:
32 servings
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Ingredients

6
Original recipe yields 6 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a large roasting pan with foil.

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  • Shape ground beef into golf sized balls. Arrange them on the large roasting pan.

  • Bake the meatballs for 20 to 25 minutes.

  • While the meatballs are baking, combine the jelly, chili sauce and lemon juice in a Dutch oven. When the meatballs finish cooking add them to the Dutch oven.

  • Cover the oven and simmer on low for 30 minutes. Serve the meatballs hot.

Nutrition Facts

588 calories; protein 27.5g 55% DV; carbohydrates 48.5g 16% DV; fat 31.3g 48% DV; cholesterol 113.5mg 38% DV; sodium 104.5mg 4% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2004
I just put a whole bottle of chili sauce and a whole bottle of grape jelly together and put in a pot on the stove or in a slow cooker. If it gets too thick, I add some water. I do leave out the lemon juice. Everyone loves these. This has been a recipe I have been making for two decades. Use store bought frozen meatballs as a timesaver. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
The sauce is good but next time I wouldn't bother to make the meatballs I'd just use ones from the store as well. Read More
(15)
85 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 58
  • 4 star values: 14
  • 3 star values: 7
  • 2 star values: 2
  • 1 star values: 4
Rating: 5 stars
10/10/2004
I just put a whole bottle of chili sauce and a whole bottle of grape jelly together and put in a pot on the stove or in a slow cooker. If it gets too thick, I add some water. I do leave out the lemon juice. Everyone loves these. This has been a recipe I have been making for two decades. Use store bought frozen meatballs as a timesaver. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
These meatballs are great! I also use a whole bottle of chili sauce and a bottle of jelly. I add of few spoons of the already prepared minced garlic though for that extra kick. I also use Mama Lucia's frozen meatballs. I place all of the ingredients in a slow cooker or even a large pot (glass) and let it simmer for 3 hours. My family loves them and I have a request to bring some for appetizers for Thanksgiving! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/08/2003
This sauce is wonderful! I served it with store bought meatballs and I couldn't keep enough of them for our Christmas Eve family get together. Now I have requests for the recipe and my daughter is even requesting it for a college graduation party. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/21/2009
I have been making this family favorite for more than 20 years! Usually I buy frozen meatballs a whole jar of grape JELLY and a whole bottle of CHILI sauce. Throw it in a crockpot on low for 5 hours or so and it's ready to eat! I have also served this with noodles for a meal. The ingredients don't sound too appetizing together but boy is it ever delicious! Enjoy! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/18/2010
These are the best meatballs & SO easy to make! Everyone loves these! I gave this 4 starts because I make the meatballs with chopped onion breadcrumbs egg & salt & pepper just to give them a little more flavor. I also add more chili sauce. These can be browned & then put in the crockpot with the sauce to simmer on low for 3-4 hours. YUM!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/23/2009
I use Cocktail sauce and store bought meatballs but buy the premium meatballs not the ones with a lot of fillers or they'll be mushy. This is a tip I received from an employee at Gordons Foods. This recipe is one my family and friends request all the time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/30/2007
I used store bought meatballs and used one jar of Chili Sause and one jar of grape jelly with a tad of lemon juice in a crock pot and they turned out great. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/03/2009
Delicious recipe. I agree with others who use frozen/pre-cooked meatballs. They worked just fine. I used 2 lbs. of meatballs so I doubled the recipe. I have made them twice now and I have concluded that they taste better the next day. Cook a day ahead and place in the fridge overnite to "marinade." Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/19/2007
Variation: Seedless raspberry jam instead of grape. My family has used this recipe for years (with store bought meatballs). Guests always love them! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
07/23/2003
The sauce is good but next time I wouldn't bother to make the meatballs I'd just use ones from the store as well. Read More
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