BBQ Meatball Appetizer

BBQ Meatballs

This BBQ meatball appetizer is a snap to make! With just 3 easy ingredients and your slow cooker, you’ll be all set to feed your gameday crowd.

Take these to a party and they will disappear quickly. The combination of grape jelly paired with the BBQ sauce is absolutely amazing when used with our favorite meatball appetizer.

BBQ Meatballs
BBQ Meatballs

Slow Cooker Gameday Appetizer

This simple slow cooker appetizer is a make-ahead time-saver. Just add the ingredients and let the little meatball gems heat up and you are ready to serve your hungry guests.

I love recipes like this that are easy to make. They let me enjoy time with family and friends without spending time in the kitchen. Yet, we can still enjoy a large sampling of food.

This recipe is one to add to your recipe box for your next party. The next time you have a dish-to-pass, consider filling your slow cooker with meatballs and sauce.

Easy Appetizers on a Serving Plate
Easy Appetizers on a Serving Plate

3-Ingredient BBQ Meatball Recipe

For years, this simple appetizer has graced the food table at many get-togethers.

These meatballs are a fan favorite and whenever I bring them to a gathering, someone is sure to ask for the recipe. They are often surprised to find out how easy they are to make.

Effortless Party Food

While you can make all the ingredients from scratch, it is so easy to just combine a few ingredients to make this party favorite. This recipe is a dump and go type recipe. It allows you to spend your time focusing on other things.


The BBQ Sauce

Combine your favorite brand of Barbecue Sauce and Grape Jelly. That’s it!

Making the Appetizer

Add meatballs to slow cooker. You can make your own or keep it simple and use a large bag of frozen meatballs.

Mix the BBQ sauce ingredients. Once mixed, just pour over the meatballs.

Cook the ingredients on high for 2-3 hours to get the meatballs warmed through and the sauce will thicken a bit too. Stirring once an hour helps make sure that all the meatballs are sauced.

Meatball Appetizers Served on a Stick

These meatballs aren’t just for game day. Enjoy these favorites throughout the year at Christmas, New Year’s Eve, or any get-together you are hosting.

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BBQ Meatballs

These BBQ meatballs are a snap to make! With just 3 easy ingredients and your slow cooker, you'll be all set to feed your gameday crowd.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time3 hours
Total Time3 hours 5 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Main Course, Snack
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizer, bbq, easy recipe, slow cooker
Servings: 50 meatballs
Calories: 93kcal

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  • 32 ounces Frozen Meatballs 1 large bag
  • 18 ounces Grape Jelly 1 jar
  • 18 ounces BBQ Sauce 1 jar


  • Combine BBQ sauce with grape jelly in a mixing bowl, or right in the slow cooker. Mix well.
  • Add frozen meatballs and combined sauce to the slow cooker, stir to coat. Set slow cooker on high for 3 hours.
    Easy Appetizers on a Serving Plate
  • Remove finished meatballs from slow cooker, garnish with cilantro if desired. Serve and enjoy!

Your Own Private Notes


Serving: 1meatball | Calories: 93kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 4g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 13mg | Sodium: 206mg | Potassium: 66mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 1IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 5mg | Iron: 1mg
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