Crockpot Meatballs with Remnant Sauce

Kim Biegacki


I love making these meatballs and sauce because I get to clean out my refrigerator of all the bottles that are almost empty. I have found that as long as I have a tomato base sauce along with almost anything else this sauce turns out great. It is always different and never the same twice but everyone loves them. Sometimes they are spicy/hot & other times they are sweet & savory. I make sure I recycle the bottles as well.
I taught my oldest nephew Rhyan how to make these at home and how it is an easy dinner meal for the entire family.

As my Grammie would of said, "Waste not, want not".


★★★★★ 3 votes

5 Min
2 Hr 45 Min
Slow Cooker Crock Pot


  • 1 large
    bag of frozen meatballs or make your own
  • jar(s)
    small amt of grape jelly
  • jar(s)
    small amt of strawberry jam
  • bottle
    small amt of mango chili sauce
  • bottle
    almost full of chili sauce
  • bottle
    half full of ketchup
  • bottle
    almost empty bbq sauce
  • bottle
    almost empty steak sauce
  • ·
    parmesan and/or romano cheese for topping

  • ·
    any sauces or jellies you have that are almost empty

How to Make Crockpot Meatballs with Remnant Sauce


  1. Gather any bottles in your refrigerator that are almost empty. Ketchup, steak sauces, chili sauces, jellies, jams and etc...
    Next, empty them into your crockpot then rinse each bottle out with a little water and add to the mix.
  2. Add one bag of frozen meatballs into the sauce mixture.
  3. Cook for at least 45 minutes on medium or on low for 3 hrs or so until the meatballs are hot. This is just the minimum amount of time they need to be in the crockpot.

    I usually have mine in the crockpot for several hours on low so that family can help themselves to a meal whenever they want.
  4. Then you can make meatballs sammies or serve the meatballs and sauce in little dishes by themselves. Or they can be served over rice or pasta.
  5. Gather up all your empty bottles to toss in recycle bin.
  6. Recycle bin:A great time to share with your kids or nieces and nephews how important it is to recycle products.

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About Crockpot Meatballs with Remnant Sauce

Main Ingredient: Beef
Regional Style: American
Other Tags: Quick & Easy For Kids

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