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Grape Jelly Meatballs

  • Author: Melissa Belanger
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 64 meatballs 1x
  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American


Loaded with flavor and a secret ingredient, these sweet and savory grape jelly meatballs are made from scratch with only a handful of ingredients. This easy cocktail meatball recipe is a guaranteed crowd pleaser, and can be made in the oven or the slow cooker.


  • 1 package Johnsonville brats, casing removed
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 cup Panko breadcrumbs
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1 egg or 3 tablespoons almond milk
  • 1 12-ounce jar grape jelly
  • 11 1/4 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Preheat oven to 400˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
  2. In a large mixing bowl, combine brats, ground beef, breadcrumbs and egg. Mix until well combined.
  3. Scoop mixture into 1-inch meatballs and place on prepared baking sheet.
  4. Bake meatballs for 12 – 15 minutes.
  5. Combine grape jelly and barbecue sauce in a mixing bowl and whisk together.

To serve immediately:

  1. Heat the sauce over medium heat until the jelly dissolves and the sauce is smooth.
  2. Toss baked meatballs with sauce and serve.

Crockpot/Slow Cooker method:

  1. Transfer sauce and meatballs to a slow cooker and stir to coat.
  2. Cook on low for at least at least 1 hour before serving to allow the sauce to fully cook.

Keywords: dairy free, easy, sausage, beef, meatballs