Cocktail Meatballs IV

Cocktail Meatballs IV

162 Reviews 7 Pics
  • Prep

    30 m
  • Cook

    30 m
  • Ready In

    1 h
Recipe by  jhibbard

“This is an extremely easy appetizer that keeps them coming back for seconds.”

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Original recipe yields 32 servings



  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Line a large roasting pan with aluminum foil.
  2. Shape ground beef into golf-size balls. Place on prepared roasting pan for 20 to 25 minutes until done.
  3. Meanwhile heat the jelly, chili sauce and mustard together in a 2 quart Dutch oven. Drain and add meatballs to the Dutch oven. Cover and simmer on low for 1/2 hour. Serve hot in chaffing dish with toothpicks.

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Valerie's Kitchen

Valerie's Kitchen

Fantastic! Everybody loves these. Like other reviewers, I think it calls for a bit more chili sauce. I used a 4 lb. bag of frozen meatballs, a 32 oz. jar of grape jam, a 12 oz. jar of chili sauce and 2 Tbsp. mustard. It helps a great deal to warm the sauce mixture in a saucepan and whisk it up so the jelly breaks down and it's nicely combined before pouring over the meatballs. I started this with frozen meatballs with the crockpot on low and they were perfect in 4 hours. Kept them on low throughout the party. UPDATE: Made again with a big package (Costco) of Aidells Chicken and Pineapple Terriyaki meatballs and it was better.



Really good! i put a costco pack of frozen meatballs (3/4 of the italian meatball pack.. .it was all that would fit in the crock pot!), two heinz bottles of chili sauce, 40 oz of smuckers grape jelly (2 squeeze tubes), a pinch of kosher salt, 1 tablespoon of worchishire sauce and 2 TBSP of regular mustard. Really easy, the meatballs were gone in 30 minutes.



Made these as an appetizer for a large gathering. 15 pounds (3 bags) of armour carmelized pre-made meatballs, 3 jars of chile sauce 1 jar of grape jelly, I used powdered mustard and 3 tablespoons of chili powder. Put the sauce over the meatballs in a crock pot, they were gone in 1/2 hour. Everyone was coming in the kitchen looking for more and then asking for the recipe. I felt foolish because it's so simple! This is a TNT (tried and true) keeper!

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Amount Per Serving (6 total)

  • Calories
  • 601 cal
  • 30%
  • Fat
  • 40.4 g
  • 62%
  • Carbs
  • 33.4 g
  • 11%
  • Protein
  • 25.7 g
  • 51%
  • Cholesterol
  • 129 mg
  • 43%
  • Sodium
  • 313 mg
  • 13%

Based on a 2,000 calorie diet



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