Barbecue Grape-Jelly Meatballs

These barbecue grape-jelly meatballs are meatballs smothered in a sauce of sweet grape jelly, barbecue sauce, hot sauce and ketchup. They're sweet, salty and incredibly tender after their long cook time in the slow cooker. You can serve them right from the slow cooker or stack them on toothpicks for easy finger food.

barbecue grape jelly meatballs
Photo: Greg Dupree
Active Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
3 hrs 30 mins


  • 1 pound 90%-lean ground beef

  • 1 pound ground pork

  • 1 cup whole-wheat panko breadcrumbs

  • ¼ cup finely chopped shallot

  • 2 large eggs, lightly beaten

  • ½ teaspoon salt

  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • cup thick tomato-based barbecue sauce (such as Stubb's Original)

  • cup grape jelly

  • 3 tablespoons ketchup

  • 1 ½ tablespoons hot sauce

  • Chopped fresh chives for garnish


  1. Combine ground beef, ground pork, panko, shallot, eggs, salt and pepper in a large bowl. Roll into 48 (1-inch) balls and place on a large rimmed baking sheet.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add half of the meatballs; cook, turning often, until evenly browned on all sides, about 5 minutes. Transfer the meatballs to a 5- or 6-quart slow cooker. Repeat with the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and the remaining meatballs. Set the skillet aside (do not wipe clean).

  3. Whisk barbecue sauce, grape jelly, ketchup and hot sauce together in a small bowl or glass measuring cup. Add the sauce mixture to the hot skillet and stir to scrape up any browned bits from the bottom of the skillet. Pour the sauce over the meatballs in the slow cooker; gently stir to combine. Cover and cook on Low until the sauce thickens and coats the meatballs and a thermometer inserted into the meatballs registers 160°F, 3 to 4 hours. Garnish with chives, if desired.


5- or 6-quart slow cooker

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

225 Calories
11g Fat
18g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 225
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 18g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 13g
Added Sugars 12g 24%
Protein 12g 24%
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Vitamin A 87IU 2%
Vitamin C 2mg 2%
Vitamin D 6IU 2%
Vitamin E 1mg 4%
Folate 7mcg 2%
Vitamin K 1mcg 1%
Sodium 304mg 13%
Calcium 16mg 1%
Iron 1mg 6%
Magnesium 14mg 3%
Potassium 219mg 5%
Zinc 2mg 18%
Vitamin B12 1mcg 42%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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