Easy Instant Pot® Cocktail Meatballs


A twist on the grape jelly cocktail meatballs that everybody loves. This recipe uses apricot preserves, but feel free to use grape, orange marmalade, or even cranberry sauce - they're all delicious! Try different flavors of barbecue sauce too! These make the perfect party appetizer, especially when you're low on time!

close up view of a pile of Cocktail Meatballs garnished with fresh herbs in a bowl
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Additional Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
8 servings


  • 1 (12 ounce) jar apricot preserves

  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle hickory-flavored barbecue sauce

  • ¼ cup water

  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper

  • 24 ounces frozen cocktail-size meatballs


  1. Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add apricot preserves, barbecue sauce, water, and crushed red pepper and whisk together. Add meatballs and stir to coat.

  2. Close and lock the lid; turn venting knob to sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.

  3. Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.

  4. Arrange meatballs on a platter with toothpicks and additional crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

347 Calories
11g Fat
48g Carbs
15g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 347
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 71mg 24%
Sodium 592mg 26%
Total Carbohydrate 48g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 29g
Protein 15g
Vitamin C 5mg 23%
Calcium 48mg 4%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 355mg 8%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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