These Grape Jelly Meatballs are super easy to make and perfect for game day!
Looking for a delicious meatball recipe you can serve as an easy appetizer or a snack? You can even serve these quick and easy grape jelly meatballs for dinner alongside mashed potatoes and vegetables if you like.
We’ve got two ways to cook them – using an instant pot or a crock pot. This 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs appetizer recipe is so easy to make!
And you can get these meatballs started, then move on to other things – the 5 minute prep is a bonus! Let them cook until ready and then serve them warm.
You can use either frozen meatballs (available in the frozen food section of your grocery store) or make your own homemade meatballs. Either way these are going to be a big hit!
Grape Jelly Meatballs
This recipe uses grape jelly and barbeque sauce, but we’ve included some of our other favorite dipping sauce mixtures below as well!
3 Ingredients Meatballs
- frozen cooked meatballs
- grape jelly
- barbecue sauce
Instructions for Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs
To make these instant pot grape jelly meatballs, defrost your meatballs before cooking. You may want to move the meatballs from the freezer to the fridge the night before so they can thaw safely.
Once thawed, add the meatballs to the instant pot.
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In a medium size bowl, mix together the grape jelly and barbecue sauce. Stir together well. Add to the instant pot and stir again, covering the meatballs in the sauce.
Place the lid onto the instant pot. Set the valve to sealed position. Press pressure cook or manual button and set timer on the pressure cooker to 7 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting and beeps release the pressure.
After the pressure is released, remove the meatballs from the instant pot and place on a serving platter.
Crockpot Meatballs Recipe:
You can easily use your slow cooker instead of an instant pot for these grape jelly instant pot meatballs! Just spray the inside of your crockpot with cooking spray first to save time on clean up.
Mix ingredients together, combine with the meatballs, add to your slow cooker and choose your cook time:
Fast Cooking Time: Cook on high for 2.5 hours
Slow Cooking Time: Cook on low for 5 hours.
If you want more sauce for this meatballs recipe, just add more grape jelly and bbq sauce in equal amounts!
More Easy Dipping Sauce for Meatballs
There are so many variations you can use for the meatball sauce. Here are a few of our favorites:
Apricot and Dijon Mustard Dipping Sauce – 1/2 cup apricot preserves mixed with 1/4 cup Dijon mustard
Chili Cranberry Dipping Sauce – 1 1/2 cups chili sauce mixed with 1 can cranberry sauce (Heinz chili sauce is perfect!)
Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce – 1/2 cup mayonnaise mixed with 2 tablespoons honey and 2 tablespoons mustard.
Grape Jelly and Mustard Meatballs Sauce – heat 1 cup of grape jelly and one cup of mustard slowly on the stove until blended.
What to Serve with Grape Jelly Meatballs
If you want to serve these for dinner, just add a side such as noodles, mashed potatoes or rice. A side salad, green beans or even brussels sprouts would fit perfectly.
Or how about whipping up some of the Easy Tortilla Pizzas?
Looking for more instant pot recipes? Try this Instant Pot Sweet Pepper Peanut Chicken!
- 1 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs
- 1 cup grape jelly
- 1 cup barbeque sauce
- Defrost the meatballs and add them to the instant pot.
- In a bowl, mix the grape jelly and barbecue sauce well.
- Add to the instant pot and coat meatballs well. Stir everything until mixed well.
- Cook in instant pot for 7 minutes. Serve while warm.
Crock pot instructions: Cook on high for 2 1/2 hours or Low for 5 hours.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 76Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 11mgSodium: 188mgCarbohydrates: 8gFiber: 1gSugar: 6gProtein: 3g