Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

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These Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs take only a few minutes of prep and have a delicious sweet and tangy taste with a little bit of spice.

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

Just about every southern Holiday Party I’ve gone to has had a crock pot full of party meatballs. And there’s always a swarm of people huddled around them. Cocktail Meatballs are an absolute crowd pleaser.

The typical party meatball is made with a jar of grape jelly and those are plenty delicious, but I sometimes like to change things up. I’ve added cranberry sauce and pepper jelly to give the meatballs a holiday flair. The flavor is predominantly sweet, but they are also a little spicy and tangy.

You see so many cocktail meatballs around the holidays for a reason. Not only are they amazingly delicious, they are super easy to make and economical for feeding a huge crowd. I use a bag of Farm Rich frozen meatballs for this Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs recipe.

Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

This is definitely a recipe where using a prepared frozen food has its advantages. Besides cutting the prep time down to practically zero, frozen meatballs hold their shape much better than made from scratch meatballs do. And with a quality product like Farm Rich, you aren’t losing any flavor. Farm Rich meatballs are gluten-free which is a huge plus with so many people avoiding gluten.

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The best way to get the most out of the holidays is to take a few short cuts here and there so that you spend less time in the kitchen and more time making family memories. Each year I try and get a little more efficient during the holidays and I’ve been researching all kinds of Holiday Hacks.

Some of them are pretty creative – others down right crazy!

Did you know that you can boil your potatoes whole with the skins on, shock them in ice water, and the skins will slip right off? I’m going to be trying that one for sure!

Save your empty boxes of plastic wrap and aluminum foil, paint them, and use them as holiday cookie gift boxes. Just be sure to cut off the serrated edge!

If you’re cooking corn for a large crowd, steam it in a cooler. Place the corn in the bottom of the cooler, add boiling water, close the cooler for 30 minutes. Pretty cool.

One of the most off the wall ones I’ve read is to run your potatoes through the dishwasher with no detergent in lieu of scrubbing them. Really???

Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs recipe

Do you have any tips or shortcuts for the holiday season? Have you ever tried making Crock Pot Meatballs?


Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Southern
Keyword: crock pot
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Author: Christin Mahrlig
These Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs take only a few minutes of prep and have a delicious sweet and tangy taste with a little bit of spice.
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  • 1 (12-ounce) jar chili sauce
  • 1 (12 ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 (10.5-ounce) jar Red Pepper Jelly, I use Braswell's
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • few shakes hot sauce
  • 1 (32-ounce) bag Farm Rich Frozen Meatballs


  • Mix all ingredients except for meatballs in crock pot.
  • Add meatballs and stir to coat them well. Put in crock pot on LOW for 6-8 hours or HIGH for 2-2 1/2 hours.


Note: If you have a newer crock pot, you can probably reduce the cooking time some.

Note: If you have a newer crock pot, you can probably reduce the cooking time some.


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70 thoughts on “Crock Pot Cranberry Meatballs

  1. You made a chicken breast in the crockpot with cream cheese and Olive Garden Italian dressing but that’s all I can remember

  2. I made this recipe numerous times and loved them!!! This time I tried a Montana twist to them. I made 16 oz of Elk Meatballs reduced by half and did them in my dutch oven on low heat. Served them over fried rice as a meal. There were no leftovers….

  3. Made my meatballs tonight used cranberry sauce out of the can then I added a jar of pepper and raspberry preserves and some barbecue sauce and it actually turned out pretty good

  4. I was able to 3x”s the recipe in my crock pot and it’s a normal size if not a little smaller.. taste great and I still have 5 more hours of cooking time left

  5. Great recipe, we have loads of jalapeño peppers every summer so make my own red pepper jelly, family loves these. Great way to use jelly.

  6. I’ve never been crazy about meatballs. I made these and they are fabulous!! Now I take them to all the food frenzies. Everyone loves them!!

  7. Hey there Christin – so glad to see you’re using the cranberry version of this classsic go-to recipe for cocktail meatballs. Here in the South we like it spicy. I’ve been using red pepper flakes & a few dashes of Roasted Garlic powder (Badia in the Latin foods section). It’s awesome but this weekend I’ll try the red pepper jelly. Thanks for tip!

  8. I know this is coming in late, but regarding the red pepper jelly ~ Howard’s makes a red pepper relish that is very similar to pepper jelly. It’s available in most supermarkets (I’m in the Northeast) in the aisle where you find mustard and ketchup. I’ve used this every time I’ve made these meatballs and it works great. They’re delicious!

  9. I just made homemade cranberry sauce with orange zest… can I use it instead of jellied cranberry sauce.

    Can’t wait to try this recipe… I bet you can get the pepper jelly through Amazon? If you have a Trader Joe’s near you they sell it there. It’s great on a slab of cream cheese. Yum!

  10. A crock pot canuck up here in Canada eh!! Its Thanksgiving weekend her 2016 and Im going to make these for our pot luck. We have the heinz chilli sauce up here as well as “Willies chili sauce ( they also make a Willies zuccini relish which is great on dogs and burgers or even your hand lol ) Its more chunkier than the heinz version with lots of onion and peppers and stuff. Im guessing I could use the Willies instead of the heinz. I also put it in my chilli and beef stew when I make them in the crock pot. YUMMY

  11. I make this with just the cranberry jelly and and chili sauce. Real curious how it tastes with the rest of the ingredients. I’ll try it next time!

    1. Oh wow! That’s a lot of people. It depends on how many meatballs you want per person. Do you have more than 1 crock pot? I don’t think you can get much more than 2, maybe 3 bags in a crock pot.

      1. you don’t have to have enough meatball to feed 75 people. They are appetizers not the meal. I’m sure there will be other appetizers. Iv’e learned through the yrs that I always over cook. 🙂

  12. Have you tried mixing mint jelly and mustard together with hot dogs?
    I cut up hot dogs and mix jar of jelly to a jar of mustard.
    Put in electric skillet to keep warm.
    Big hit at parties. Use toothpicks to serve if you want.
    Also a can of chili with one pkg. 8oz cream cheese. Mix together and put in small crock pot or fondue pot. Keep warm.
    Serve with chips.

      1. Who and the world would eat hot dogs. They are made of junk. The ears, tongue and so forth of the pig or beef. The junk leftovers. Ugg….

          1. I totally agree with you Marsha. Sometimes, nothing beats a good chili, slaw dog. By the way Gloria, not all dogs are created equal. 🌭🌭😉

  13. Could you use grape jelly instead of red pepper , i can’t tolerate hot things? Also, are these meatballs sweet?

    1. Yes. I would cook them over low to medium-low heat with a lid on the pot and stir every so often. If you are using meatballs that are already cooked, you really just need to be sure to heat them all the way through.

  14. Hi Christin!They look amazingly delicious!i have few questions cause I m not familiar with the southern kitchen…!when you re saying few shakes of hot sauce what do you mean?Hot sauce like Tabasco or something different?And if I go to a regular grocery store like Safeway or Giant will I find all these ingredients?Thank you!?

    1. Yes, I like to use Tabasco sauce or something similar. You should be able to find all the ingredients at a regular grocery store. Although, depending on what part of the country you are in, you may have a little trouble finding the pepper jelly.

  15. Hi Christin, I will definetly try making these. I have a question, I am not too fond of frozen meatballs. Can I make them with fresh ground turkey and do I need to brown them first in a pan. Help!!!

  16. These were amazing I brought them to work there were none left I do however have a ? Pepper sauce?? Where do u find that and can u substitute??

      1. I had a gifted jar of Ga. moonshine jelly that I used in place of the pepper jelly. I sprinkled a few pepper flakes and it was so yummy. I will try with pepper jelly next time. This is a keeper !

  17. You might be able to find the red pepper jelly at a store that sells fruits and vegetables. These places sometimes carry foods made my the Amish or Mennonites, and are usually homemade.

    I do have a question about the recipe though. Do you have any suggestions on how to make it without all of the spicy stuff?

  18. The meatballs I found on the product finder are turkey. Is that what you used? I also looked them up and found wheat in the ingredient list. I was wondering if you used a different blend?

    1. I used the original meatballs which are a blend of beef and pork, but I am sure the turkey would be good too. The Farm Rich website says all their meatballs are gluten free. I will have to take a peak at the ingredient list next time I’m at the store.

  19. I hate to ask this question but I would really love to make these for Christmas. Where do you find the chili sauce and the red pepper jelly please? I have never heard of red pepper jelly at all and not quite sure what chili sauce is. I guess you can tell I really need a lot of help in the kitchen! :0) Any help would be greatly appreciated! Thank you!

    1. Pam, I use Heinz chili sauce. It is located next to the ketchup in my local southern California markets. Sometimes, it gets moved to the seafood cooktail sauces.

    2. Red Pepper Jelly is only sometimes in the jelly section of the grocery store. Not ever store carries it but Costco has very big jars of it and it come two jars together for $9.99.

    3. I use the Heinz Chili Sauce too and like Ann said, I find it next to the ketchup. The red pepper jelly, if your store carries it will be by the jellies and jams. Sometimes you have to look really hard for it because there are so many different types of jelly. The kind I usually use is Braswell’s. Here is a link to it on –

  20. Don’t know what happened to my previous comment so disregard if this is a dupe! I love this brand of meatballs and I have lots of leftover cranberry sauce. Need to add this on to the menus!

  21. YUM. That brand of meatballs is really good. I love this recipe and in fact have quite a bit of cranberry sauce left over. Thanks for the dinner inspiration!

  22. Cocktail meatballs are DEFINITELY the first thing I go for at a party as well! They are just toooo delish to pass up and these, most definitely, look incredibly appetizing! I’m loving that cranberry sauce mix on these meatballs! Droooling!!!! and pinning! 😀

  23. I made something similar for our Friendsgiving we had a few weeks back! But I did not think to add the pepper jelly – man that’s a fantastic idea! These look delicious!

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