Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs

Rule #69: Party food should be easy. Like these Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs!

There’s nothing I love more than an “un-recipe” recipe. That’s exactly what this is! These Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs couldn’t be any easier. Just throw the ingredients in a slow cooker, and let him do the work for you! These are Jon Boy’s number one most requested appetizer for a get together or party. I love obliging him, too because they couldn’t be easier!


You just need a jar of BBQ Sauce, a jar of grape jelly, and a bag of frozen, pre-cooked Homestyle meatballs. Throw ’em in the slow cooker on low for 2 hours, stirring occasionally. Then, turn the heat to warm. That’s it! Easy, peasy, appetizer squeezy!


I usually serve these Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs as an easy appetizer at game watching parties, birthday parties, or even for Jon Boy on Father’s Day (they’re his fave). Just set some toothpicks nearby and let people dig in!


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Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs

These Three Ingredient Cocktail Meatballs couldn't be easier to make and such a great, easy appetizer!
Prep Time 2 minutes
Total Time 2 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 12
Calories 406 kcal


  • 1 17.5-oz. jar grape jelly
  • 1 18-oz. jar BBQ sauce (we love Stubb’s)
  • 1 35-oz. bag frozen, fully cooked Homestyle Meatballs


  • Place all ingredients into a slow cooker, stirring to combine. Cook on low for 2 hours, then turn the heat to warm.


Serving: 1gCalories: 406kcalCarbohydrates: 46gProtein: 14gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 60mgSodium: 498mgPotassium: 368mgFiber: 1gSugar: 34gVitamin A: 101IUVitamin C: 4mgCalcium: 34mgIron: 1mg

Nutritional information is provided as a courtesy only and should be construed as an estimate rather than a guarantee. Ingredients can vary, and Pineapple House Rules makes no guarantees to the accuracy of this information.

Keyword appetizer, Cocktail Meatballs
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