Go Back
+ servings
Cranberry Meatballs Appetizers on a plate

Cranberry Meatballs Appetizer

Cranberry Meatballs Appetizer is a classic slow cooker meatball party food. A yummy party appetizer.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: holiday appetizer, meatballs, slow cooker recipes
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
Servings: 15
Calories: 260kcal
Author: Sandy


  • 4-quart or 6-quart Slow Cooker


  • 2 pounds Meatballs cocktail size (pre-made frozen or cooked homemade)
  • 1 14-ounce can Jellied Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 12-ounce jar Chili Sauce
  • ¼ cup Barbecue Sauce (smoky flavor is good)
  • ¼ cup Brown Sugar


  • If your meatballs are frozen, let them thaw out first. If you add them frozen, just know that there will be some extra water in the sauce, so it won't be as thick. Also you will need to cook a little longer.
  • Add the meatballs to the crock pot.
  • In a bowl, add the cranberry sauce, chili sauce, barbecue sauce, and brown sugar. Mix well.
  • Pour the sauce over te meatballs, then stir them to coat all of the meatballs.
  • Cook on Low for 4 hours or High for 2 hours, or until the meatballs are heated through.
  • Serve straight from the slow cooker (with the cooker on the Warm setting) with toothpicks available for the guests to use, or spoon the meatballs and sauce over rice.


Calorie count is based on a typical 2-pound bag of frozen beef meatballs. The calories will vary based on size of meatballs and ingredients in them.


Calories: 260kcal