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Grape jelly bbq meatballs on a black rimmed plate with sauce drizzling over the side of the plate.
5 from 3 votes

Grape Jelly Meatballs

Traditional grape jelly meatballs are the perfect appetizer for game day or parties! These meatballs can also be served with rice and a side of veggies for a complete meal. 
Prep Time: 5 mins
Cook Time: 6 hrs
Total Time: 6 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 50 meatballs


  • 32 oz frozen, fully cooked meatballs - about 50 meatballs
  • 18 oz jar grape jelly
  • 12 oz Chili Sauce
  • pinch cayenne pepper


  • In a large slow cooker add the grape jelly, chili sauce, and cayenne pepper. Whisk to combine. The sauce will be a tad lumpy because of the jelly, but do your best to whisk it until smooth. 
  • Add the frozen meatballs to the sauce. Gently stir in the meatballs until fully coated by the sauce. 
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours. Or high for 2-3 hours. 
  • Serve as an appetizer or over rice for a main dish.


A great variation would be to use BBQ sauce in place of the chili sauce. 
You can make this recipe with homemade meatballs too. I suggest cooking the meatballs before placing them in the slow cooker. If you didn’t cook the meatballs the excess grease from the meat would be in the sauce.


Calories: 83kcal (4%), Carbohydrates: 8g (3%), Protein: 3g (6%), Fat: 3g (5%), Saturated Fat: 1g (5%), Cholesterol: 13mg (4%), Sodium: 104mg (4%), Potassium: 85mg (2%), Sugar: 5g (6%), Vitamin A: 50IU (1%), Vitamin C: 2.1mg (3%), Calcium: 6mg (1%), Iron: 0.3mg (2%)