Homemade Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe


When in need of that party favorite, make Instant Pot or Crockpot grape jelly meatballs and watch as they quickly disappear. They are the perfect appetizer for most any party or celebration and easy for any parent to make. This yummy dish will have others asking for your meatball recipe. Who knew that something so simple could be so tasty.

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My Favorite Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe

Here is our favorite meatball recipe that is easy to make in a Crockpot or even in an Instant Pot. Just shorten the time to 30-45 minutes for the Instant Pot. Mix in the ingredients and walk away for a 3 hours when using a slow cooker. My kids love these meatballs and don’t leave any leftovers. Adding a loaf of homemade bread to the table, a salad and it’s a meal.


  • Grape Jelly 8 oz (any brand)
  • KC Masterpiece Original BBQ Sauce 18 oz
  • KC Masterpiece Honey BBQ Sauce 18 oz
  • 1 bag all BEEF meatballs (about 80 in a bag)
  • Optional: Swap out 1 cup ketchup for BBQ Sauce

Place frozen meatballs in Crockpot. Add both containers of barbecue sauce and grape jelly to the meatballs and mix. Turn on low for 3 hours and you’re done. Delicious.

Be sure to use beef meatballs as the turkey ones don’t give the bbq sauce much flavor. I had a lot of trouble finding meatballs that were all beef and those that were all beef were charbroiled. Not a good taste in my opinion for honey barbeque grape jelly meatballs.

When using an Instant Pot or Crockpot for this recipe, cook for 30-45 minutes.

Another popular Crockpot version:

  • grape jelly 32 oz
  • chili sauce(2 bottles of 12 oz)
  • cayenne pepper (pinch)
  • meatballs (5 lb bag)

Place grape jelly, chili sauce and cayenne pepper in a saucepan and cook over medium-high heat for 10 minutes.

Combine meatballs and the grape jelly sauce that you just made and put in a slow cooker on Low for 3 to 4 hours.  If you want to speed up the process, use an Instant Pot, total time 45 minutes for the flavors to marinate.

Hawaiian Meatballs

To make into Hawaiian meatballs, add in a can of diced pineapple before cooking, juice and all.  Leave out grape jelly or it will be too sweet!

For other meatball recipes, try here, Food.com



Instant Pot or Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs


  1. ronniev33

    This recipe is absolutely great. It was easy to make as well. Just love the grape jelly meatballs. Glas I came across this!

  2. Stephannie

    These are some really good meatballs and the recipe is just right for them!

  3. Debbie Boulier

    This is a very good and tasty recipe! I loved it plus it was easy to make.

  4. Nikki Irene

    I really love this recipe!! I cooked this the other day for my boys and they love it!

  5. shirleen

    These meatballs are so good that this recipe will be used for all my football parties.

  6. Kimberly @ How to Cook Blog

    This actually sounds interesting & tasty. Actually, kind of reminiscent of my Aunt Mary’s meatballs…I think she does something very similar to this. Going to have to try this one out – sounds great for tailgating too!

  7. Great recipe this is my kids new best dinner favorite, they love meatballs and they love grape jelly. It is so very easy to make I love it. Thanks

  8. Forsythea

    WOW this looks like a very easy recipe to try out. It looks scrumptious too! I’m definitely gonna bookmark this recipe so I can try it out!

  9. wendy rogers

    This was a really good recipe and was surprised how good it tasted.

  10. Brane Car

    Great recipe, easy to make and taste so delicious.

  11. Okay, I have to admit…. After reading the title to this description, I was a little apprehensive to say the least!!! I read on, and gave the recipe a shot. WHAT AN ABSOLUTELY TASTY RECIPE!!! My whole family absolutely loves these…..

  12. Looks so yummy and delicious!!!Its mouth watering!!! Awesome recipe!! Procedure is also very simple and easy!! Definitely will try this week!!

  13. Awesome recipe! I will definitely try this recipe tonight. My family will love it for sure. I will make my own meatballs. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  14. Elisabeth

    That looks like a great recipe. I can’t wait to try it myself. I bet my family would love it.

  15. Really glad I came across this recipe. This summer has been so hot and my family has gotten bored with the same handful of dinners from the Crock Pot. These were a big hit with the kids!

  16. This was easy to make and surprisingly delicious! My family really enjoyed it and we will be having it again soon 🙂

  17. This is the most unique recipe for meatballs that I have ever seen. I’ll bet it’s good. Can’t wait to try it!

  18. This seems very quick, easy and delicious recipe for me to try out for my sons birthday in November. Thanks!

  19. claireduper

    This looks so yummy! I would love to try this recipe. I am definitely a meatball and jelly person :)!

  20. This seems like a lot of sauce! Just confirming it’s 18 oz. bottles of BBQ sauce, not 8?

  21. Yes, remember this is a lot of meatballs, cut recipe in half if it’s too much 🙂

  22. SocialMom

    We love these grape jelly meatballs. Word of warning though, don’t make the same mistake I made. Check the meatballs packaging before you buy and make sure you are getting beef meatballs and not turkey. Turkey just doesn’t taste as well with this recipe.

  23. LOVE how simple this is. I’ve had these at parties but never made them myself – that’s about to change. The photos look delicious!

  24. I actually had these at a BBQ over the summer and thought they were fabulous!! I never bothered to ask for the recipe so I’m so glad I stumbled across your blog. Thanks for sharing.

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