Crockpot Meatballs

One of the easiest and tastiest meatball recipes you’ll ever try! These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!

Meatballs make the perfect appetizer for parties, showers, and large gatherings! If you like this recipe, you’ll love these other flavors: grape jelly meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs, and buffalo chicken meatballs.

Crockpot Meatballs

best crockpot meatballs – perfect for parties

Who here loves MEATBALLS?

We recently had some at a New Years party that smelled so stinkin’ delicious I knew I had to give them a try. I did… and I fell in love with these crockpot meatballs! I got the recipe and have made it several times since. Frozen meatballs work perfectly for this, but if you want to try homemade meatballs, you can try our recipe HERE.

My husband is especially fond of the recipe and has requested it a few times since that New Years get together, and I’m glad he does because they are so good! We have really tried to be better about picking easy and delicious recipes when we are entertaining because we know so much work goes into prepping for an event – cleaning, cooking, etc.

We think these are the best because they get rave reviews and they are so easy to throw together! Two thumbs up for simple and quick, especially when you’re running around getting ready for a party! ;D

Crockpot Meatballs Ingredients

Simple Ingredients

One of the main ingredients for these slow cooker meatballs is JELLY. We used a red currant jelly, but other jellies work well too. The other ingredients needed for this recipe, include:

  • ketchup
  • chili sauce
  • lemon juice
  • brown sugar
  • water
  • ginger

You may think jelly would be weird with meatballs, but the combination of it with the above ingredients and meatballs, is more savory than sweet and oh-so delicious!

slow cooker meatballs with ingredients on top

How to Make Crockpot MeatballS:

The best part of this recipe you literally dump everything in the crock pot and let it cook. It only takes 5 minutes of work! I’m all about the dump and go recipes. 🙂 Here is what you’ll need to do to make this crockpot meatball recipe.

  1. Place brown sugar, chili sauce, jelly, ketchup, ginger, cold water and lemon juice in your crock pot.
  2. Add frozen meatballs and stir so meatballs are coated in sauce.
  3. Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours.

And that’s it! AMAZING, right?!

slow cooker meatball Flavor variations

There are so many ways to change up these slow cooker meatballs, but here are a few ways to do it:

  • a dab of mustard and a dash of liquid smoke
  • Replace meatballs with little smokies
  • Add cayenne for a little heat

crockpot meatballs recipe in slow cooker

Tips and FAQ for slow cooker meatballs

Do you have to use red currant jelly for this recipe? No, you can use grape jelly or apple jelly. The red currant jelly isn’t always available at the stores, but if you can find it, it’s the one we like most for this recipe.

How to store meatballs? If you happen to leftovers, allow the meatballs to cool and store in an airtight  container. They’ll keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How do I reheat meatballsThe easiest way is in the microwave. However, the oven works well and keeps the flavor and texture. Bake at 350 degree F for 8-10 min.

Crockpot Meatball Recipe

Here are some more meatball recipes we love:

Crockpot Meatball Recipe

5 from 24 votes
These crockpot meatballs are full of so much flavor, and perfect for parties. Best of all, they only require 5 minutes of prep work!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings 50 meatballs
Calories 88 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 28-32 oz bag frozen meatballs
  • 1 c brown sugar
  • 1 c chili sauce
  • 10 oz jar red currant jelly (can also use grape or huckleberry jelly)
  • 14 oz bottle ketchup
  • 1/2 tsp ginger
  • 1 1/2 c cold water
  • 2 lemons, juice of


  • Place brown sugar, chili sauce, jelly, ketchup, ginger, cold water and lemon juice in your crock pot.
  • Add frozen meatballs and stir so meatballs are coated in sauce.
  • Cook on HIGH for 4 hours or LOW for 6-8 hours. ENJOY!


Half the recipe if using a smaller bag of meatballs.

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About the Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. Hey Kristyn these look yummy and so easy. Now these aren’t Swedish meatballs are they? I wasn’t sure!! But regardless I will be making them!! Thanks as usual for all your yum recipes!!

    1. These are just regular frozen meatballs, but any kind will work:) They are super yummy and yes, very easy to make! Hope yo like them as much as we did!!

  2. Do you think i could make my own meatballs freeze them & finish them with your sauce & crockpot them ? Would this work ?

    1. I haven’t tried that, but I don’t see why not:) I’m sure homemade meatballs would be delicious! Good luck!!

  3. Hi Kristyn,

    Looks yummy, but my only question would be is how spicy is this considering the chili sauce in the ingredients as we don’t handle spicy too well in this family?


    1. They weren’t too spicy. You can always add a little less chili sauce or maybe a little more ketchup. Hope you give them a try!! Thanks for stopping by!

    1. No puedo recordar el tamano exacto, pero es una gran bolsa. Creo que la bolsa mas grande es de 60 onzas, asi que tal vez la bolsa que utilice fue cerca de 30 onzas. Espero que ayude!! Gracias!!

  4. These look soooo good. My grandmother used to make the most amazing swedish meatballs and I have been looking for something similar for quite some time. I can’t wait to give this one a try 🙂

  5. 5 stars
    these meatballs were amazing! they were so easy to make & had great flavor. my family enjoyed them! I served them as an appetizer at a family gathering & they were gone in minutes!

  6. 5 stars
    These meatballs taste amazing! They had so much flavor. We had them over the holidays & my family loved them! They can’t wait to eat them again!

  7. 5 stars
    Cant beat a recipe thats easy and flavorful! You literally dump everything into a crocKpot and run. You’ll love this recipe.

  8. If I were using the little Smokies instead of the meatballs, like in your suggested variations, how many packs would I use and keep the ingredients the same?

    1. I would use as packs that make it close to the 28 ounces. Really no wrong answer 🙂 Hope you like them!

  9. 5 stars
    These are my daughters favorite! I love how easy it easy to throw t all in the crockpot and forget about it until we’re ready to eat!

  10. I only wish you had a place on your recipes to EMAIL to myself or a friend. Otherwise I always have to cut and paste which is a little annoying.