You will now believe how easy this is to make! It's a favorite of ours to serve at parties and my family has been making it for years. You have to try this simple and yummy 3 Ingredient Meatballs recipe.
Meatballs make the perfect party food. I made these easy meatballs in the slow cooker with just three ingredients.
Keep them in the slow cooker on warm and serve them at a party or top them on rice with a salad and you have dinner.
Either way, you are going to enjoy how yummy they are but also how EASY they are to put together.
How to make 3 Ingredient Meatballs:
This recipe is super easy to make. Basically, add the jelly and BBQ sauce to the slow cooker and mix them up. Then add your meatballs to the crockpot and mix them up. Turn it on and let the slow cooker do all the work!
3 Ingredient Meatballs Ingredients:
- BBQ Sauce
- Grape Jelly
Step one: Start by placing your grape jelly and BBQ sauce in the slow cooker and mix together.
Step two: Add frozen fully cooked meatballs and stir until evenly coated.
Pro Tip: Frozen meatballs work best for this recipe. If you want to use homemade meatballs, I suggest freezing them, so they don't all stick together. To freeze meatballs, I place them on a baking sheet and into the freezer. Uncooked frozen meatballs will need more time to cook in the slow cooker.
Step three: Time to cook! Allow it to cook on high for 3 hours.
How to serve 3 Ingredient Meatballs:
This recipe makes a great appetizer or even an easy dinner recipe.
When I serve it as an appetizer, I place toothpicks in them for an easy wrap and go.
When we serve them for dinner, I love to serve them with rice and a side salad.
Try some of my other meatball recipes:
Pineapple BBQ Meatballs - Serve these Pineapple BBQ Meatballs for an easy dinner the family will love or for a party that your guests will love. Either way this simple 4 ingredient slow cooker recipe is amazing and one you will love.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs - The best meatballs made in the slow cooker. These Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs are perfect served with rice for dinner or as a tasty appetizer.
Slow Cooker Asian Meatballs - These Slow Cooker Asian Meatballs make the perfect appetizer or dinner recipe. Everyone in my family loved this recipe! It's so simple to make, just add the ingredients to your slow cooker and walk away until dinner time.
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3 Ingredients Meatballs
- 32 oz Frozen fully cooked meatballs
- 18 oz Grape jelly
- 18 oz BBQ sauce
- Place grape jelly and BBQ sauce in the slow cooker and mix together. Add frozen fully cooked meatballs and stir until evenly coated.
- Cook high for 3 hours. Serve with toothpicks for a great appetizer or over rice for a simple dinner.
Tried your version of this recipe. For years I’ve been making this with chili sauce rather than BBQ sauce. Yours is OK, mine is better. ❤️
Is it possible to put them on low and cook them six hours? I want to put them on in the morning so they will be ready for supper
Yes I think that would work.
I have an old recipe that calls for spicy mustard and currant jelly mixed together - always a hit!
I know this is good. I find just putting the frozen meatballs in the sauce makes them kind of mushy. I use angus beef meatballs and Italian meatballs combined. I either bake them until browned/crusted or lightly fry them until the outside is browned/crusted. Then, I put them in the mixed grape jelly and Famous Dave’s BBQ sauce. It makes the meatballs a little firmer.
That sounds delicious! Thanks for sharing the tip!
Sometimes I add red chili sauce from the can replacing bbq sauce. It makes spicy and sweet meatballs.
Could I make this on the stove top if I don’t have a slow cooker? If so how long is the cooking process?
Hi Kae, you can make this on the stovetop. I used pre-cooked frozen meatballs that just needed to be warmed. So you just want to cook them until they are warmed throughout.
I've made these for years. People love them! But I use chili sauce and currant jelly. Not so sweet. Problem is... Can't find currant jelly easily. Smuckers quit making it. ☹️
I have not even heard of that type of jelly, that's to bad they stopped making it! If you try it with grape let me know, I hope you enjoy it!
Does the bbq sauce have to be regular flavor or can it be a sweet flavor bbq sauce. Will the grape jelly with sweet bbq sauce make it taste too sweet?
I have made this with honey bbq sauce before and enjoy the taste. I think it would taste good but I also have a sweet tooth and the sweetness wouldn't bother me =)
My family loves these everytime we get together its these and my carrots thanks so much!
So happy to hear that!
Hi there have a couple questions does the jelly make it taste like grape or really sweet and also would frozen chicken ball work or would it have a weird flavor with the grape jelly
Hi Jolene! I don't find the recipe taste like grapes or is to sweet. But I guess that depends on your sweet tooth =)
I have yet to try it with chicken but I think that would work perfectly!
This is a fantastic quick recipe, thank you for the brilliant write up.
Do you have to use commercial frozen meatballs? Why can’t you make your own, brown , then put in sauce and simmer until done ? I prefer not to use premade/prepackaged food.
You can definitely make your own meatballs brown and then use those. I know people who love the store bought ones and others who would rather make them. Let me know how you like them that way, I would love to hear how it turned out!
Do you recommend a certain brand meatballs?
Hi Karissa, I have used several different types. I love the Aldi brand. Or any meatball with less fat I think it the best option!
I've made these with chili sauce instead of bbq sauce and they are amazing... I've brought them to pot lucks many times and I'm always asked for the recipe .. no pen and paper needed lol
Awesome! My mother in law used chili sauce also! So good!!
apple jelly and ketchup in equal parts makes a sweet and sour sauce
That sounds awesome Linda!! I will have to try it!
What size slow cooker does that fill?
I use a 6 court and had plenty of room.