Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs

These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs - These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

I could not be more excited about Christmas. Not because of the the ugly Christmas sweaters. Or the presents. But because of this.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs - These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

This glorious pot of slow cooked turkey meatballs, smothered in a heavenly cranberry BBQ maple sauce. You can serve this over rice and veggies, or simply as an hors d’oeuvre at your next holiday party with some fancy toothpicks.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs - These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

The ingredient list is also super short if you decide to use pre-packaged frozen meatballs. I used homemade frozen meatballs I had previously made before, which becomes a real time-saver here.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs - These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

But as always, you can use your favorite kind of meatballs because the true star is that BBQ sauce – it’s perfectly sweet, savory and smoky.

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs - These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

See, even the baby corgs can’t resist!

Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs

These are the ultimate party meatballs. Make-ahead, freezer-friendly and so effortlessly made right in the crockpot! EASY!

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup cranberry sauce, homemade or store-bought
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 tablespoon apple cider vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  • 1 (32-ounce) package frozen, fully cooked, meatballs, homemade or store-bought
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh chives

Directions:

  1. In a medium bowl, whisk together cranberry sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Dijon, maple syrup, apple cider vinegar, Worcestershire and cinnamon; season with salt and pepper, to taste.
  2. Place meatballs into a 3-qt slow cooker. Stir in cranberry mixture.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 3-4 hours, or until bubbly and the meatballs are heated through.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with chives, if desired.

Nutrition Facts
Serving Size 8
Servings Per Container

Amount Per Serving
Calories 331.4 Calories from Fat 123.3
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 13.7g 21%
Saturated Fat 4.8g 24%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60.0mg 20%
Sodium 929.0mg 39%
Total Carbohydrate 29.4g 10%
Dietary Fiber 0.8g 3%
Sugars 21.4g
Protein 20.6g 41%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.