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Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 25 minutes
Servings: 18 people
Calories: 265kcal
Grape Jelly Meatballs are the perfect easy holiday appetizer and a great crowd pleasing recipe. The meatballs are oven baked and then finished in a slow cooker for an easy party food option. Full of flavor and simple to make.
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For the Sauce:

  • 15 ounces grape jam
  • 15 ounces Sweet Red Chili Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 teaspoons white vinegar

For the Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds ground chuck
  • ½ cup breadcrumbs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • teaspoons kosher salt
  • ½ teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder granulated garlic
  • ¼ teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 eggs lightly beaten


For the Sauce:

  • Whisk together jam, chili sauce, Worcestershire Sauce and white vinegar.

For the Meatballs:

  • Heat oven to 400°F and line a large, rimmed baking sheet with foil and spray the foil with nonstick spray.
  • Set the slow-cooker to HIGH and spray the interior with nonstick spray.
  • Place all meatball ingredients in a large bowl and mix to combine. Shape into 1½-inch balls and place on the prepared baking sheet about 1-inch apart.
  • Roast the meatballs 13-15 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Place the meatballs in the now hot slow-cooker and pour the sauce over the meatballs.
  • Cover and cook on HIGH 3-4 hours or on LOW 4-6 hours or until meatballs are tender.



Serving: 2meatballs | Calories: 265kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 515mg | Potassium: 182mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 23g | Vitamin A: 40IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg