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Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs Recipe: Fabulous Crock Pot Meatballs for holiday parties, made with a brilliant 3-ingredient glaze!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs 20 mins
Total Time3 hrs 35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 40 meatballs
Calories: 91kcal
Author: Sommer Collier


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork sausage
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 large eggs
  • 1/3 cup shaved onions
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon Italian seasoning
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 14 ounces whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 9.5 ounces jalapeno jelly or hot pepper jam
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce


  • In a large bowl, mix the ground beef, sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, onion, garlic, Italian seasoning, salt, and paprika. Mix until very even and smooth.
  • Set a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Roll the meat mixture into tight ball, 1 1/4-inch wide. Place them in the skillet and brown on all sides.
  • Once the meatballs are cooked on the outside, move them to 4 quart slow cooker. Continue rolling and browning until all the meatballs are in the slow cooker.
  • Pour in the cranberry sauce, pepper jelly, and barbecue sauce. Cover and set on low for at least 3 hours, or on high for at least 1 1/2 hours.
  • Set the slow cooker on warm until ready to serve.



Want to make the quick-prep version? 
  1. Pour 2 pounds frozen meatballs into the crockpot.
  2. Add the cranberry sauce, jalapeno jelly, and barbecue sauce.
  3. Cover and slow cook on low for at least 4 hours. 


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 91kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 25mg | Sodium: 234mg | Potassium: 88mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 65IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 0.6mg