Sweet & Sour Meatballs

The easiest app you'll ever make!


like to do things up a little ‘fancy’ in the kitchen, especially for a party. However, striking a balance between fresh, delicious homemade food and managing to produce it all can be challenging for anyone. So every good host needs a few semi- homemade tricks up their sleeve. This is one of them. It’s a true “Set it and Forget it” recipe.

So here goes…I can’t believe I am going to give away one of my most requested recipes (I’m serious here!) The thing is…it’s not my recipe and it’s so simple that I think it’s only fair to share it. In fact, every time I serve this dish, at least one person asks me for the recipe. So I figured it’s time I let everyone in on the not-so-secret, secret recipe, for Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs.

We can all thank my friend Tina for these sweet and sour meatballs. They have made an appearance at more of our gatherings and parties than I care to admit! The ingredients sure aren’t fancy, but the result is delicious, easy, and just what a host needs in their back pocket as an addition to any occasion, and for any age guest.

For this recipe, I use Ikea or Trader Joe’s brand of cocktail size meatballs but any brand will do. I would say make your own, but that would defeat the purpose of this being an easy addition trick to your spread!

Next time you have a soiree, be sure to give this ‘easy as pie’ recipe a try! I can guarantee you someone will ask you for the recipe!

The Recipe

Sweet & Sour Crockpot Meatballs
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
2 hrs
Total Time
2 hrs 5 mins

This is truly a ‘set it and forget it’ recipe!

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
  • 2.5 lbs Frozen Cocktail Meatballs
  • 6 oz Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 6 oz Grape Jelly
  1. Combine the jelly and chili sauce in a small sauce pan and heat on med-low and stir to combine. (It doesn’t need to be perfect, just to break down the jelly enough to mix it in.)

  2. Place meatballs in a crockpot.

  3. Pour the mixture over the meatballs and stir to coat.

  4. Place the crockpot on low for about 2 hours or until heated through. Gently stir once or twice during cooking.