Awesome meatballs! I buy my frozen cocktail meatballs at Costco®.

Recipe Summary

prep:
5 mins
cook:
3 hrs
total:
3 hrs 5 mins
Servings:
24
Yield:
24 servings
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Ingredients

24
Original recipe yields 24 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine grape jelly, chili sauce, and cayenne pepper in a saucepan over medium-high heat; cook until warm, 5 to 10 minutes.

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  • Place meatballs in a slow cooker and top with grape jelly mixture.

  • Cook on Low for 3 to 4 hours.

Nutrition Facts

340 calories; protein 19.1g 38% DV; carbohydrates 32.4g 11% DV; fat 14.6g 22% DV; cholesterol 94.3mg 31% DV; sodium 175.7mg 7% DV. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2014
These meatballs are very tasty however I'm pretty sure there's an error on this recipe bc there is no way one serving is 1.25 POUNDS. I think they most likely meant for the recipe to call for 5 pounds total not 3x five pound bags which would mean 15lbs of meatballs in total. (Mama Mia!) I did mine with about 3.5 pounds of meatballs and still had a couple extra cups of sauce. I'm sure you would be able to do this with up to 5lbs but not much more than that without adding more jelly/chili sauce. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2015
too sweet for me Read More
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167 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 129
  • 4 star values: 27
  • 3 star values: 8
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 2
Rating: 4 stars
12/24/2014
These meatballs are very tasty however I'm pretty sure there's an error on this recipe bc there is no way one serving is 1.25 POUNDS. I think they most likely meant for the recipe to call for 5 pounds total not 3x five pound bags which would mean 15lbs of meatballs in total. (Mama Mia!) I did mine with about 3.5 pounds of meatballs and still had a couple extra cups of sauce. I'm sure you would be able to do this with up to 5lbs but not much more than that without adding more jelly/chili sauce. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/22/2015
The chili sauce is by the ketchup at the grocery store. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/01/2016
I don't often leave feedback (lazy, I know) but I just had to give my review on this recipe. I made this for a family potluck dinner, and I followed the recipe exactly, except that I used three 20 oz. bags of Trader Joe's frozen cocktail meatballs for a 6 qt. slow cooker. I think the written recipe shows the wrong amount. Anyway, even though the ingredients gave me some trepidation, this meal was the hit of the party, and the first to go! This recipe is so easy, it's insane, and incredibly delish! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
07/29/2016
My mom has been making these for years, as they are great for large groups at picnics/pool parties. One suggestion with the prepared frozen meatballs is to cook them in an oven on a broiling pan, to get rid of the fat that would otherwise be in with the sauce (it's surprising how much there is!!!). I assemble everything the night before, throw the crock in the fridge, and turn it on the next day to heat through - also great to serve with hot dog buns - the sandwiches are delish! Read More
(55)
Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2015
Great recipe. It was a hit my husband he loved it. I used a 18oz jar of Grape jelly, one 12oz jar of chili sauce and one bag of meatballs more then enough for us two. I thought it needed more flavor so I added a can of chili. The chili gave it a little more taste and it worked out great. I added the chili at the last half hour of cooking. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
11/02/2014
Awesome recipe for entertaining. So simple & very crowd pleasing! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
12/29/2015
These were AMAZING. Super easy, delicious and versatile. When making the sauce be sure to whisk it until there are no lumps of jelly to prevent pockets of overly-sweet flavor. I made way too much, but these reheat so well that the large batch was totally gone in three days! I do think the portion is incorrect as was noted in another review, and I used pre-made meatballs from my local grocery store. I have made meatballs before, but these are the first to stay very moist, even when reheated! This is a keeper!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/28/2017
I have made this recipe for years for parties, Christmas Eve, family functions. Everyone loves it & never have leftovers. I use frozen meatballs. I get them at Wal-Mart. It's a white and green pkg and I get Italian. If you find a good brand, they taste as good as homemade. I promise. *I whisk my sauce when heating to break up the jelly. Enjoy. Major comfort food Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
05/28/2015
these were good. I used 1/2 jar grape jelly one bottle of chili sauce and one back of regular meatballs. Will make again next time i have a party. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
02/21/2015
too sweet for me Read More
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