Crockpot Meatballs Recipe with Grape Jelly Sauce

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For those who have never tried the miracle of crockpot dumplings, the ingredients may sound unusual, but trust the recipe and the generations of hostesses who love it. Traditional grape jelly and Heinz chili sauce is the secret to spicy, smoked, and unstoppable meatballs.

All you have to do is put everything together and turn on the slow cooker. If you use frozen meatballs, add them to the cooker directly from the freezer. And if you're making yours, () there's a great recipe below for you to follow.

The most important sauce:

The two ingredients for this great meatball sauce are very easy to find in most grocery stores.

  • Chili sauce Heinz chili sauce is what you want for this recipe. It is not spicy, and in fact there is not much difference between tomato sauce and chili sauce. You can also use sweet chili sauce, in a pinch. If you don't have it or can't find the chili sauce, use tomato sauce with a little chili powder, or use your favorite tomato-based barbecue sauce for meatballs.
  • Grape jam. Generic jams, marmalades or jams or jellies are ideal. If you are in a country where grape jelly is not available, look for some type of fruit jam that has a smooth consistency that melts and sweetens meatballs.

Let's talk about meatballs:

The real truth of the matter is this: Frozen meatballs work just as fabulously as from scratch in this recipe. No judgment. However, making homemade dumplings is a great option, especially if you're trying to avoid processed foods. You can also keep things lean and try this recipe with turkey meatballs.

If you're looking for the best frozen meatball to buy, well, maybe it's time to do some taste tests. According to reviews, Costco, Farm Rich, Pineland Farms or Trader Joe’s sell bags of frozen meatballs that taste pretty good. Keep a couple of extra bags in the freezer when you run out of dinner ideas; meatballs are always useful.

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How to make homemade dumplings:

  1. In large bowl, mix ground beef, ground pork, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, Worcestershire, and egg. Then add the salt and pepper. A large wooden spoon or spatula is enough, but you can also use your hands.
  2. Then roll the meatballs by hand into 1-inch balls. The goal is to make them bite-size, but they will shrink a bit when cooking.
  3. You should cook the meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker. You can do this by frying them in a pan or baking them in the oven.

To fry the meatballsHeat a little shortening in a large shallow pan over medium-high heat.

Fry the meatballs in batches, being careful not to crowd them. This should take 5 to 7 minutes per batch; They must be gilded on all sides. Double check their internal temperature before removing them from the pan; They should be 155 degrees indoors when a food thermometer is inserted into the meatball.

Baking meatballs It's easy and takes less stove time. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

First, line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or parchment. Place a baking rack on the tray and place the meatballs on the rack.

Bake the meatballs until golden brown and crisp, about 20 minutes. Use a thermometer to check their internal temperature before removing them from the pan; The thermometer should read 155 degrees for 15 seconds.

Freezing dumplings:

To make meatballs from scratch and freeze for later, let the cooked meatballs cool completely before putting them in the freezer.

Once they are cold, place the meatballs on a tray and take them out in the freezer. When the meatballs freeze solid in a few hours, you can transfer the meatballs to a freezer bag and store them.

How to make Crockpot dumplings with grape jelly:

  1. Once you have browned all the meatballs you made, add them to the pot with a jar of chili sauce and a jar of grape jelly. Stir everything gently. If you are using frozen meatballs, simply add the frozen meatballs directly to the slow cooker. There is no need to defrost them beforehand. That's!
  2. Cover the pot and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours, or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours. The sauce must be hot.

How to make meatballs with grape jelly on the stove:

Cooking: r some stovetop dumplings is easy too! Add the meatballs to a saucepan that is large enough to accommodate everything. Add the chili sauce and grape jelly. Cover the pot and cook over medium heat until the sauce is hot, about 10 minutes.

Prepare crockpot dumplings:

If you just want to make the dumplings the night before, you can make these Crockpot dumplings easily too! Just reheat them in the slow cooker or on the stove if you're in a hurry (and transfer them to the slow cooker to keep warm).

Slow Cooker Meatball Variations:

  • Cranberry sauce. Some meatball devotees use canned cranberry sauce (yes, the soft kind!) On their party dumplings. Increase the acid factor a little and it tastes just as good.
  • Grape jelly and BBQ sauce. Barbecue sauce is an excellent substitute for chili sauce. Instead of chili sauce, your favorite tomato-based barbecue sauce adds extra smoky flavor to every bite.
  • Meatballs with grape jelly and mustard. The basic yellow mustard and grape jelly, which some people use as a baked ham sauce, is quite wonderful on crockpot dumplings.
  • Swedish meatballs. The best Swedish meatball recipe is here, creamy sauce and everything.
  • Other fruit jellies for meatballs. Some cooks like to use apple jelly or even elderberry jelly as a substitute for grape jelly. It's okay! They will be delicious with either one.

Type of American cuisine Preparation time: 10 minutes Cook time: 3 hours 30 minutes Total time: 3 hours 40 minutes Servings: 16 servings Calories: 292 kcal

  • 1 bag (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked meatballs (see notes on making meatballs from scratch)
  • 12 ounces chili sauce
  • 10 ounces grape jelly

To season the meatballs in a slow cooker:

  • Add the frozen meatballs to the slow cooker. Add the chili sauce and grape jelly. Cover and cook 2 to 3 hours on HIGH or 4 to 6 hours on LOW, until sauce is hot. Serve directly from the slow cooker with a serving spoon or toothpicks, or transfer to a serving plate.

To season the meatballs on the stove:

  • Add the meatballs to the saucepan. Add the chili sauce and grape jelly. Cover and cook over medium heat until sauce is hot, about 10 minutes.

Recipe Notes

To make the meatballs from scratch: Ingredients:

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup breadcrumbs
  • 2/3 cup onion, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/2 Cup of vegetable shortening (to fry the meatballs)

Instructions To make the meatballs:

  1. In a large bowl, combine beef, pork, breadcrumbs, onion, milk, egg, Worcestershire sauce, 1 teaspoon of salt, and 1/2 teaspoon of pepper.
  2. Using a strong spatula or your hands (I like to wear latex gloves), mix well. Form the mixture into 1-inch balls (it should be around 48 in total).

To fry the meatballs:

  1. Heat shortening in large skillet over medium-high heat. Fry the meatballs in batches until golden brown on all sides and the meatballs are cooked, about 5 to 7 minutes per batch (an internal thermometer should read 155 degrees for 15 seconds). Add more butter between batches if the pan looks dry.

To bake the meatballs:

  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack on top. Arrange the meatballs on the rack and bake until golden brown with crisp edges, about 20 minutes (an internal thermometer should read 155 degrees for 15 seconds).

Additional notes:

  1. Sweet chili sauce can be substituted for regular chili sauce. The taste will be a little different but still delicious!
  2. Adapted from "Appetizer Meat Balls" in.


Calories :: 292kcal

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