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holiday meatballs

(2 ratings)
Blue Ribbon Recipe by
Edith Kehoe
Ottawa, ON

Ideal for a crowd, a buffet or potluck. Always a hit!

Blue Ribbon Recipe

This is a quick and easy meatball recipe that will be great for any party - holiday, tailgate, game night... so many options. I used apple jelly and apple juice. I loved the flavors of the sweet apple combined with tangy chili sauce. Between the chili sauce and few dashes of hot sauce, this gives the sauce a little spice but not overpowering. The whole crew couldn't get enough of these meatballs. I can't wait to try the orange option. Delish!

— The Test Kitchen @kitchencrew
(2 ratings)
yield 20 serving(s)
prep time 15 Min
cook time 4 Hr
method Slow Cooker Crock Pot

Ingredients For holiday meatballs

  • 1 bottle
    chili sauce, 12 oz.
  • 1 jar
    orange marmalade or apple jelly, 18 oz.
  • 1 c
    orange juice or apple juice
  • 2 dash
    hot sauce, eg Frank's tabasco, etc
  • 1 bag
    meatballs, frozen (approx. 60), 2 lb bag

How To Make holiday meatballs

  • 1
    Combine chili sauce, preferred jam, juice, and hot sauce in large slow cooker. There will be lumps, but not to worry they will disappear as the sauce cooks.
  • 2
    Add frozen meatballs to slow cooker. Cover.
  • 3
    Cook on low for 6 hours. Stir occasionally. Serve.
  • 4
    I sometimes increase the hot sauce, depending on the crowd. Can also be made in the oven. Cook at 325 for 90 minutes.