These meatballs are slow-cooked in a sweet and sour sauce.

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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Whisk together the chili sauce, lemon juice and grape jelly. Pour into slow cooker and simmer over low heat until warm.

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  • Combine ground beef, egg, onion and salt. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls. Add to sauce and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.

Nutrition Facts

152 calories; 8.3 g protein; 17.4 g carbohydrates; 37.6 mg cholesterol; 22.2 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2003
Okay, I cheated. I used a box of frozen fully cooked meatballs. However, that sauce is to die for! A really nice change from our standard sweet&sour bottled sauce. I put the frozen meatballs and sauce in the slow cooker on low and they were ready 4 hours later. A double thumbs up from this family. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2012
I only rated this 3 stars because not cooking the meatballs first made for a greasy mess. The sauce is very good but I would seriously advise you cook the meatballs first and drain them well if you're going to use homemade meatballs. Otherwise I'd do as others have suggested and use precooked frozen meatballs. I prefer to make my own however as I know exactly what ingredients are going into them and knowing that there are no preservatives used. Read More
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319 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 183
  • 4 star values: 75
  • 3 star values: 31
  • 2 star values: 12
  • 1 star values: 18
Rating: 5 stars
03/27/2003
Okay, I cheated. I used a box of frozen fully cooked meatballs. However, that sauce is to die for! A really nice change from our standard sweet&sour bottled sauce. I put the frozen meatballs and sauce in the slow cooker on low and they were ready 4 hours later. A double thumbs up from this family. Read More
(420)
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2003
This is a huge hit in our home especially around Super Bowl time. My girlfriend gave me this recipe before looking here online. Instead of using the lemon juice I use 1 cup of pineapple juice. Excellent! If you like the pineapple chunks you can use those as well too. PS - I do cheat though! I've made the meatballs from scratch but I've found the frozen meatballs to be similar in taste and much easier! I throw everything in a pot and put it on low. In 2 hours I have every man's favorite. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/09/2006
Warning: These meatballs are addictive! I made these for a Christmas party at work last year to which a co-worker said "You should call these Really bleep Good Meatballs!" He even asked if he could have the leftovers. Very easy to make; very yummy to eat! Don't wait for a holiday... this makes a great dinner too! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/26/2007
Easy and delicious! Took minutes to put ingredients together cooked for 4 hours on low in crockpot. I tripled the recipe used about 3 pounds of frozen 1/2 ounce meatballs. Believe it or not 9 people consumed all 3 pounds of meatballs (people were unashamedly going back for third helpings!). I've never produced anything as popular as this dish from my crockpot. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
11/28/2012
I only rated this 3 stars because not cooking the meatballs first made for a greasy mess. The sauce is very good but I would seriously advise you cook the meatballs first and drain them well if you're going to use homemade meatballs. Otherwise I'd do as others have suggested and use precooked frozen meatballs. I prefer to make my own however as I know exactly what ingredients are going into them and knowing that there are no preservatives used. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/27/2005
I prefer to make my meatballs with half ground beef and half pork sausage. It adds to the flavor but you have to brown and drain before cooking them in the sauce. I also added some dijon mustard and garlic to the sauce to the cut the sweetness a little more. Made them recently for a cocktail party and everybody raved about them. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/06/2003
I too cheated and used frozen meatballs. They are good and a great time saver. This sauce is really good and soooo easy to put together and throw in a crock pot. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/24/2003
The chili sauce in this recipe adds an extra "kick" that you usually don't find in traditional meatball recipes. They are a sure crowd-pleaser. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/11/2012
DELICIOUS Made 2 1/2 lbs today cooked meatballs with egg and bread crumbs. I added a small can of crush pineapples can of cranberry sauce 6 ounces each of chile and grape jelly. Meatballs did not faLL apart. When forming the meatball fill small cup with water and lightly dip hand in water and roll meatball. Coming from an italian familY this is my mothers way of preventing meatballs from falling apart Read More
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