There is no better appetizer in the slow cooker than these Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs, they are among the best appetizers since they only require three ingredients.

Every family has a unique or not-so-unique Superbowl party appetizers tradition, making the Superbowl the ultimate appetizer occasion. We have a variety of classic Superbowl party appetizers. One of my personal favorites is Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs. 

Grape jelly and BBQ meatballs are perfect for feeding a large gathering or making something simple but delightful for your family. They’re easy to make and only require three ingredients. A slow cooker and frozen meatballs are the keys to this recipe’s simplicity.

Make sure to bring them to every potluck and another social event because they are a crowd favorite.

Historically, meatballs made with grape jelly have been for a long time. It’s unclear where the dish came from, but it’s been published in cookbooks since the 1960s.

You might be a little confused if you’ve never heard of them. Grape Jelly plus “meat” At first, it doesn’t sound too appealing. This, on the other hand, just seems to perform flawlessly in every way.

You will also enjoy, Vegan Spaghetti Meatballs, Vegan Meatballs With Cranberry Sauce,  and Lentil Meatballs Recipes. 

Overlay of grape jelly meatballs in a crockpot

Why You Will Like This Recipe?

I’m sure you are going to love these Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs because everything about this recipe is great!

  • Quick and Easy– With no-fail instructions, it is quick and easy to prepare
  • Adaptable – short on time? No issue; fresh meatballs can easily be substituted for frozen meatballs.
  • Whole Ingredients-You can control the level of spiciness in your meatballs!
  • A Perfect Christmas Dinner– You can also serve it with your favorite side dish for a Christmas supper.

Everyone loves these classic meatballs in the slow cooker, so feel free to serve them to your family on any occasion, from Xmas Eve to the Super Bowl. They’re the kind of party food that will vanish before the party is over.

They’re incredibly simple to make – a true dump-and-go slow cooker dish. To keep them warm, you can serve them straight from the slow cooker, And the flavor is outstanding, with a sweet, salty, and tangy blend that suits nearly all taste buds. I’ve never met someone who didn’t fall in love with them right away.

How To Prepare These Grape Jelly And BBQ Meatballs?

These jelly meatballs are easy to make; you only need three ingredients:



  1. Add grape jelly and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker and mix to combine.
  2. Stir in the meatballs to coat.
  3. Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours.

Serving Suggestions

  • Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs can be served as appetizers with toothpicks or as a full meal.
  • Serve with Hoagie rolls or slider rolls.
  • Serve over hot white rice!
  • Enjoy these sweet and sour meatballs with sautéed peppers and onions
  • These meatballs are deliciously served with stir-fried veggies.


There are many different ways to change up the flavor of this recipe. Below are some more delectable variations:

BBQ Sauce Alternative

  • For an extra kick, use Heinz chili sauce instead of BBQ sauce.
  • Ketchup can also be used instead of BBQ.

Grape Jelly Alternative

  • Instead of grape jelly, you can use 16 ounces of sliced or chopped pineapple.
  • ¼ cup honey can be substituted for the jelly for a little healthier option (add little or more to taste)
  • Strawberry jam or jelly, Apple jelly, Raspberry jam are great alternatives to grape jelly.
  • Make cranberry meatballs using leftover Thanksgiving cranberry sauce. In place of grape jelly, use an equivalent amount of cranberry sauce.

Vegan Meatballs Alternatives


  • If you want a healthy meatball, consider Trader Joe’s.
  • This recipe can also be made using fresh meatballs.

Leftovers Storage Suggestions

  • Allow the leftovers to cool.
  • Keep leftovers in an air-tight container. If properly stored, it can be kept for up to four days. They’re a great option for meal preparation because they’re simple to prepare ahead of time.
  • You may also freeze leftovers in an air-tight container. It can be stored for up to three months.
  • Storage in separate servings makes for a convenient grab-and-go meal.

Reheating Methods

It’s simple to reheat leftovers, and there are various options. Let it thaw in the refrigerator overnight before you plan to use it, then.

Oven:   Cover the casserole dish with aluminum foil and bake the meatballs in the oven at 350 degrees. Heat for 15-20 minutes, or until the desired temperature is reached.

Stovetop: place them in a saucepan and cook over low to medium heat. Continually stir until they are heated.

Can You Cook Grape Jelly And Bbq Meatballs In The Oven?

YES! Simply follow the same preparation instructions as before, but instead of a slow cooker, use a baking dish. Bake the grape jelly BBQ meatballs for approximately one hour at 350 degrees F.

Give this recipe a try. I’m sure you’re going to adore these Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs!  And, don’t forget to share your feedback in the comments!

Other Vegan Main Dishes To Prepare

  1. Tofu Turkey
  2. Vegan Lasagne
  3. Chickpea Shepherd’s Pie
  4. Smothered Tofu Chicken
  5. Black Bean Butternut Squash Stew

vegan meatballs with grape jelly

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Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs

There is no better appetizer in the slow cooker than these Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs, they are among the best appetizers since they only require three ingredients.
5 from 15 votes
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Course: Entrée, Main Course
Cuisine: American, Soul
Keyword: Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Servings: 6 servings
Calories: 479kcal


  • 2 cups grape jelly (I love to use a fruit sweetened brand)
  • 2 cups barbecue sauce homemade or store bought
  • 2 pounds frozen vegan meatballs or make your own


  • Add grape jelly and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker and mix to combine.
  • Stir in the meatballs to coat.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on high for 2-3 hours.


Calories: 479kcal | Carbohydrates: 117g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 0.1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.1g | Sodium: 1018mg | Potassium: 308mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 87g | Vitamin A: 214IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 54mg | Iron: 1mg