Slow Cooker Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs | Tastes Better From Scratch
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Crockpot Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Throw out your grape jelly meatballs and try these Crockpot Cranberry BBQ Meatballs instead.  They are sweet, tangy and the easiest appetizer and finger food that is perfect for parties and entertaining.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 15
Calories: 262kcal
Author: Lauren Allen


  • 50-60 frozen meatballs (store bought or homemade, I love the frozen Costco brand)
  • 14 ounce can whole cranberry sauce
  • 12 ounces cocktail sauce , or homemade
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • green onion , finely chopped for garnish


  • 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.


If you don't have a slow cooker, you can make these in a saucepan:
Add ingredients for the sauce to a saucepan and stir until smooth. Then add the meatballs and stir to coat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes for thawed meatballs, or 14-16 minutes for frozen meatballs.


Calories: 262kcal | Carbohydrates: 34g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 33mg | Sodium: 439mg | Potassium: 271mg | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 170IU | Vitamin C: 1.9mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 0.8mg