I have always liked cocktail meatballs with grape jelly, but I have never really cared for the taste of the frozen meatballs that you buy and add to the sauce. I wanted to make a more homemade version of the cocktail meatballs for our work holiday pot luck; we had it late in January so that everyone could attend.
Slow cooker cocktail meatballs are delicious: the sauce is perfect, but the meatball themselves are even better! Jason and I maybe ate four or five meatballs when they came out of the oven…they were just that good on their own.
If you want to cut corners and just make the sauce, you can still make the sauce, and I am sure that the meatballs will still be a hit. I will probably still be doing that at some point in my life, but I promise that making these meatballs from scratch are worth it. All of them were gone by the end of our pot luck.
A crockpot appetizer is also great because you can keep it on low and people can grab some as they want, and they will still be warm. You can also make the meatballs 1 to 2 days ahead of time and keep them in the fridge or freeze them for 1-2 months.
- 1 pound ground beef
- 1 pound ground pork
- ¾ cup bread crumbs (I used french)
- ½ cup very finely minced onion
- ⅓ cup milk
- 2 eggs, lightly beaten
- 2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
- ¼ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
- 1 (10 ounce) jar grape jelly
- 1 (12 ounce) jar chili sauce
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil. set aside.
- In a large mixing bowl combine the combine the onion, egg, milk, Worcestershire, red pepper, salt, and pepper. Add the beef, pork and bread crumbs. You can mix with a wooden spoon, using your hands is the easiest.
- Shape the mixture into 1 inch balls, I used a tablespoon to measure mine and did about a heaping of the mixture. Roll, and place on the foiled sheet.
- Place in preheated oven and bake for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through or they reach 170 degrees, when tested with a meat thermometer.
- In a crock pot add, Worcestershire sauce, grape jelly, and chili sauce stir until well combined. Next, add in the meatballs and gently stir until all of the meatballs have been coated with the sauce. Cover, and cook on low for 3-4 hours or high for 1-2 hours.
This recipe easily doubles or triples.