These Grape Jelly Ketchup Meatballs are a long-time favorite appetizer to serve at your next party. Who knew simply combining jelly and ketchup together would make such an incredible sauce.
Love easy meatballs recipes? These Buffalo Chicken Meatballs and Cranberry Meatballs are both amazing as well!
A couple of weeks ago my daughter was at one of her best friends house and she had the “most amazing” meatballs. So, of course, I had to call and get the recipe. She kind of laughed and told me what the ingredients were I knew right away why they were such a hit.
They are so similar to our saucy meatballs. But I have never made them with “ketchup” and jelly. They have a completely different taste and so delicious!
What’s great is that you can make your own meatballs or use frozen cocktail meatballs and to your slow cooker and it’s all set.
You can also swap the ketchup for Heinz Chili Sauce or your favorite barbecue sauce if desired.
These are great not only as an appetizer, but we had them as a meal too with roasted potatoes and garlic parmesan roasted broccoli. Great simple summer night dinner.
How to Make Grape Jelly Meatballs
Mix jelly and ketchup together.
Mix ground beef, eggs, garlic powder, pepper and almond flour (or bread crumbs) together well.
Form meat mixture into balls a little smaller than a golf ball.
Pour about half of the jelly/ketchup mixture into the bottom of a slow cooker.
Place meatballs in a slow cooker.
Pour the remaining jelly/ketchup mixture on top of the meatballs.
Cover and cook for about 4 hours on high or 6-7 hours on low.
Meatballs in Jelly Ketchup Sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly
- 1 cup ketchup
- 2 pounds lean grass fed ground beef
- 3 large eggs
- ¾ cup breadcrumbs or almond meal flour for gluten free
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Mix jelly and ketchup together.1 cup grape jelly, 1 cup ketchup
- Mix ground beef, eggs, garlic powder, pepper and bread crumbs together well.2 pounds lean grass fed ground beef, 3 large eggs, ¾ cup breadcrumbs, 1 teaspoon garlic powder, 1 teaspoon black pepper
- Form meat mixture into balls a little smaller than a golf ball.
- Pour about half of the jelly/ketchup mixture into the bottom of a slow cooker.
- Place meatballs in slow cooker.
- Pour the remaining jelly/ketchup mixture on top of the meatballs.
- Cover and cook for about 4 hours on high or 6=7 hours on low.
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I love your grape jelly meatballs.
I added horseradish, mustard and Worcestershire sauce
Yum! I remember my old coworker brought something similar to work for our potluck. They were so good! Your recipe sounds perfect!
I have had these meatballs before and they are yummy. Such a great appetizer! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
Hi Sherri, The jelly and ketchup combo are really retro – I remember this from the 70’s! Still good after all these years! 🙂 Thanks for bringing them back! Blessings, Janet
Your Meatballs look delicious and the sauce looks perfect for them. Thanks so much for sharing with us at Full Plate Thursday and have a fabulous 4th!
I love the little smokeys in the jelly ketchup sauce so i bet meatballs will be awesome! I have a bag in the freezer so now I know what to do with them this weekend! This will be so much better than spaghetti sauce or brown gravy!
Love meatball recipes! My kids are in love with meatballs so I will have to give these a try!
I saw this @ Thursday Favorite Things- love it!
Yum! These are some of my favorites!
I made grape jelly and it set too firmly. Now I am looking for ways to use it so it isn’t wasted. I have this recipe in my crock pot right now. I added a little water to encourage the jelly to thin out a bit. It looks and smells great. Fingers crossed!
Joanne E Boulter
Thank you for sharing at SYC! 🙂 Jo