Friday, December 6, 2013

Grape Jelly Meatballs {Football Friday}


It's Championship Weekend in College Football! Are you looking for a simple snack for watching all the games? These meatballs are so simple and only 3 ingredients. All you have to do is mix everything up and simmer it on the stove for about 25 minutes. You could use a slow cooker if you wish. The slow cooker would be great for keeping the meatballs warm during any football and holiday parties.

The first time I had these meatballs was several years ago at a Christmas party. I absolutely loved them! I could not stop eating them. I made Chicken Legs get some extra on his plate so I could eat extra without people noticing. I was shocked when I found out how they were made. I can promise you I would have never tried them if I had known they had grape jelly in them. Yuck! Who knew it would be SO good!  





Grape Jelly Meatballs
(Printable Recipe)


  • 2 lbs frozen meatballs
  • 1 jar (12oz) grape jelly
  • 1 jar (12oz) Chili Sauce (Heinz)

In a large skillet or Dutch oven, combine all ingredients. Simmer 25-30 minutes, until meatballs are warmed through.

*If using a slow cooker, heat the meatballs for 1-2 hours.*


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30 comments:

  1. You can also use the little cocktail smoked sausages.....DEEEEELISH!

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    1. My mom used to make the lil smokies for holidays back in the 80's. I haven't had them in years.

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  2. Yummy! My favorite way to do meatballs or little smokies.

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  3. Yeah, these little suckers are addicting.

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  4. Sweet baby Ray's BBQ sauce works well also. As an alternative to the Heinz sauce.

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  5. Wow, such an easy recipe. I think I have some meatballs in the freezer ;-)

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  6. Sweet baby Ray's BBQ sauce works well also. As an alternative to the Heinz sauce.

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  7. ��WARRRRRRRRR EAGGGGGGGGGGLE HEY�� ( we'll make meatballs out of those Missouri tigers!!)

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  8. Cut the jelly down to 6 oz. and add a can of jellied cranberry sauce and your taste buds will thank you!

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  9. I have made made these many times, but have never used frozen meatballs before...great idea:) I like to add 1/3 cup hot pepper jelly the sauce! Nice and spicy:)

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  10. I have love using this recipe on little smokies, but I use bold and spicy mustard instead of chili sauce....

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  11. My mother used to make meatballs very similar to these! Wow, I hadn't thought about those in a while. Instant craving!

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  12. I remember having these at parties in the 1970s (Yikes! That long ago? LOL) The sauce is also very good to pour over a meatloaf and bake.

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  13. I haven't had these in years! We did the grape jelly with Heinz Chile sauce and with Sweet Baby Rays. Also added some hot pepper jelly to it like Lynn Huntley does. Gives a nice zing to some of the batches.

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  14. Grape jelly and plain yellow mustard works great also.

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  15. I hope the Auburn magic continues today.

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    1. It did continue and we even got help from Michigan State! It has been an amazin season!!

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  16. i make these all the time, but instead i use whole jellied cranberries, pasta sauce, saurkraut, & brown . throw it all in a slow cooker comes out delicious! I'm not a fan of saurkraut or cranberries by themselves, but combined it makes a surprisingly good meatball sauce

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  17. Hey there
    Steph,
    Am thinking about trying these and just happen to have frozen balls in my freezer although they are Italian style, did you ever use them in this recipe?

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    1. I haven't use Italian style meatballs, but I think they would work fine

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  18. My version is a little bit different as well. I use bbq sauce like a previous poster but some mustard along with it. Mine always go in the slow cooker but I have to have it in there for at least 8 hours even though they are frozen meatballs. Mainly because the longer they have been in the sauce cooking the better it taste in my opinion.

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  19. I LOVE this recipe.
    By age 9 I was hooked on these little gems.

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  20. I make these every year at Xmas. They are the BEST! Love your blog...

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  21. I think I need a whole crock pot of these...like now! Yum!

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  22. We do the meatballs and grape jelly and salsa

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