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

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. 
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