Slow Cooker Cranberry BBQ Meatballs are sweet and tangy with a little kick you will love. The easiest appetizer and finger food that is perfect for parties and entertaining.
It’s the season for all things “appetizer”, am I right? We’re talking football games, baseball world series, and holiday parties galore. And if there’s one thing I’ve noticed, the little bite size appetizers, like these Cranberry BBQ Meatballs, always get devoured the fastest.
It doesn’t matter how old you are, or how picky you are, EVERYONE loves a yummy little meatball appetizer.
The best part about this recipe is you can make it as simple as you want. You can use store bought, frozen meatballs–I really like the Costco brand of frozen meatballs–or you can make your own meatballs from scratch.
If you’re super organized, you can make homemade meatballs, freeze a bunch of them, and use those whenever you’re in a pinch and decide to make this quick and easy appetizer.
How to make slow cooker meatballs:
Add your frozen meatballs to the slow cooker. In a separate bowl, mix cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water, and bbq sauce. Pour this mixture on top of the slow cooker meatballs and and cook on low for 4-6 hours.
Are Frozen meatballs already cooked?
I love Costco’s Kirkland signature meatballs and these meatballs are already precooked! Frozen meatballs are so convenient because you don’t have to let them thaw. You can cook them on low for 5-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours! And, you cook the meatballs right in the sauce! It doesn’t get easier than that!
What to serve with meatballs:
- Mashed Potatoes
- Green Salad
- Mini Cheese Ball Bites
- Artichoke Dip Stuffed Bread
- Loaded Potato Skins
- Shrimp Cocktail
Slow Cooker Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
- Spray the bottom of your slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of pot.
- In a large bowl stir together cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water, and barbecue sauce and pour over meatballs.
- Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours.
- Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.
Nutritional label is based off of one serving = 4 meatballs.
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