These Asian-inspired meatball appetizers are easy to throw together and are a little different than all the other cocktail meatball recipes out there. You can adjust the heat level by adding more or less garlic chili sauce.

Recipe Summary

prep:
10 mins
cook:
4 hrs
additional:
1 hr
total:
5 hrs 10 mins
Servings:
5
Yield:
25 meatballs
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Ingredients

5
Original recipe yields 5 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
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Directions

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  • Combine ketchup, brown sugar, honey, garlic, chile-garlic sauce, soy sauce, and five-spice powder together in a bowl. Let sauce stand at room temperature for 1 hour.

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  • Add frozen meatballs to a slow cooker. Pour sauce over meatballs and toss gently to coat.

  • Cook on Low for for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

Nutrition Facts

516 calories; protein 31.5g; carbohydrates 44.4g; fat 23.4g; cholesterol 150.8mg; sodium 1110mg. Full Nutrition
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Reviews (23)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2016
Simple and delicious. 1. Double sauce even for 1/2 amount of meatballs 2. Didn't wait one hour to add meatballs 3. Used 1 tsp ginger instead of Chinese 5 Spice Powder 4. Used Heinz chili sauce in place of chili garlic sauce 5. Cooked only 3-1/2 hours Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2018
A little to sweet for me. I will make it again with less honey and more ginger Read More
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25 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 20
  • 4 star values: 4
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
12/19/2016
Simple and delicious. 1. Double sauce even for 1/2 amount of meatballs 2. Didn't wait one hour to add meatballs 3. Used 1 tsp ginger instead of Chinese 5 Spice Powder 4. Used Heinz chili sauce in place of chili garlic sauce 5. Cooked only 3-1/2 hours Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/15/2016
Very good! I had some homemade mini meatballs in the freezer, so I just used those and cut the recipe down accordingly. I did only use 1/2 of the Chinese Five Spice, b/c I know it can be strong, and that was perfect for us. Also, I used a bit less Sriracha b/c I didn't want it to be too spicy for my girls. The family really enjoyed these. I think they'd be great not only as an appetizer, but as a main dish served over rice, which is how I plan on making them next time. Thanks for sharing. :) Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
02/02/2017
We are making this regularly. We also like the sauce prepared simmered on the stovetop until the sugar is dissolved then poured over oven baked popcorn chicken. Very good! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
02/28/2019
Did it as written with home made meatballs over rice then pasta. Good flavor but the 5 spice goes a loooong way. Will cut it in half next time. Thanks for sharing!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/21/2019
I love this recipe and I also agree with the suggestion to make double the sauce. I did and most of the sauce was absorbed by the meatballs. I wondered if this was going to be too spicy and it wasn't at all so will add more chili sauce to the next batch. I highly recommend this recipe if you are tired of making bbq meatballs and want something new. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/28/2019
I am glad I found this recipe. It is so different than other meatball flavors. The entire family enjoyed this wonderful flavor! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
12/20/2018
A little to sweet for me. I will make it again with less honey and more ginger Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
01/12/2019
I made this for my New Years Eve party... it was a total hit (the only problem is I didn't make enough!! I will make 2 batches next time. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
04/14/2017
Made 3 different styles of meatballs for a party these were the favorite! I had to make a 40 minute trip to get the Chinese 5 spice but it was worth it. I doubled the volume of the glaze for the bag of meatballs I used because I wanted it to cover them. I baked frozen meatballs first before tossing them in the crock pot and they were perfect. Didn't care for the brand of meatballs I used but the sauce was AWESOME! Read More
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