Raise your hand if your mom used to make Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs! Mine did too but I’d forgotten about them until now!
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When I was growing up I knew that there was one and only one recipe that we would never share, Mom’s chili sauce. Which is actually Grandma’s chili sauce. In case you haven’t read this blog before, we love heirloom recipes past down through generations. To this day we haven’t shared that secret recipe as we respect the “secret”, however I do make it every year. It takes all day. In fact, it often takes two. But it’s worth it.
Why do You Use Breadcrumbs in Meatballs?
Bread crumbs are a binder (aka panade) that helps add moisture to the meatballs and also prevents the meat proteins from shrinking and becoming tough.
Somehow I ended up with extra chili sauce this year and when deciding what to make with it I suddenly remembered those chili sauce grape jelly slow cooker meatballs. I couldn’t wait to make it again.
Because you’ll be buying your chili sauce, make sure you look for one that is thicker and preferably one that’s local to your area. Those local products often taste much better when you’re talking about a chili sauce. Ours is thicker which chunks of our secret ingredients, but this isn’t a deal breaker if you can’t find it.
Can Meatballs be Made Ahead of Time?
Meatballs can be shaped and kept refrigerated up to a day ahead.
(Meatballs can be frozen for longer, but tend to develop freezer burn.)
Thaw meatballs in the refrigerator overnight before cooking.
Making Meatballs in a Slow Cooker or Crockpot
When making meatballs in a crockpot, especially making grape jelly meatballs it’s possible that you will end up with a more liquid sauce. That’s ok! Mix up a teaspoon or even two depending on how thick you want things, of cornstarch with equal amounts of water. Stir this into the bubbling mixture for the last hour, or if you’re in a hurry, put the sauce in a saucepan and simmer with the cornstarch until thick.
What to Serve With Grape Jelly Meatballs
Grape jelly meatballs are great on their own as an appetizer at a party, with rice or mashed potatoes as a main dish or even on subs as a sandwich! These meatballs go really well with anything, but we especially like dishes that already go well with a sauce or gravy which is why we often choose mashed potatoes. Occasionally we will go healthier with quinoa and it’s still good!
More Crock Pot Recipes:
- Crock Pot Chicken and Rice
- Slow Cooker Pumpkin Chili
- Crock Pot Cafe Rio Chicken
- Slow Cooker Smothered BBQ Beef
- Tender Crock Pot Whole Chicken
- Slow Cooker Pineapple Mexican Chicken
- Slow Cooker Potato Broccoli Corn Chowder with Bacon
- Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Slow Cooker
- Asian Sticky Slow Cooker Ribs
- Slow Cooker Korean BBQ Beef
- All our CROCKPOT and SLOW COOKER recipes here!
Chili Sauce and Grape Jelly Slow Cooker Meatballs
Serve alone or which mashed potatoes or rice. If you want your meatballs to be in a thicker sauce, mix together the cornstarch and water at the last hour of cooking and stir it into the sauce. If you need to do it faster, put the sauce in a saucepan and add the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer until thickened slightly. You may use frozen meatballs as well.
For the Meatballs
For the Meatballs
For the Oven
For the Slow Cooker
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving:Calories: 583 Total Fat: 22g Saturated Fat: 8g Trans Fat: 1g Unsaturated Fat: 10g Cholesterol: 133mg Sodium: 1161mg Carbohydrates: 61g Fiber: 3g Sugar: 38g Protein: 35g
Serve alone or which mashed potatoes or rice.
If you want your meatballs to be in a thicker sauce, mix together the cornstarch and water at the last hour of cooking and stir it into the sauce. If you need to do it faster, put the sauce in a saucepan and add the cornstarch slurry. Bring to a boil and turn down to a simmer until thickened slightly. You may use frozen meatballs as well.
Meatballs and cheese are totally made for each other in this easy skillet dish.