When it comes to party appetizers, there’s a time and place for the fancy, the impressive and the somewhat-complicated, but let’s be honest— the simpler and more classic something is, the more certain it is to be a hit! Our guests might appreciate the healthier options and admire the treats shaped like animals or sports equipment – and those all have their place! – but when it comes down to it, the ones they’ll love are the ones that take them straight back to their childhoods. Prime example? These cocktail meatballs. Not only do they only take three easy-to-find ingredients to make, they’re made in the slow cooker, freeing you up to actually spend time with family and friends instead of being stuck in the kitchen. Watch how easily they come together and whip some up for your next festive gathering.

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Serves 10
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours


  • 18 ounces grape jelly
  • 18 ounces BBQ sauce
  • 1 – 32-ounce bag frozen, fully-cooked meatballs


  1. In a slow cooker, combine the grape jelly and BBQ sauce.
  2. Add the meatballs, and stir to evenly coat.
  3. Cook on high for 3 hours.
  4. Enjoy as is or served over rice.
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How easy and simple are these?! There’s nothing better than a party-perfect appetizer you can trust to cook and stay warm while you actually have fun with your friends and family. Did you grow up with a dish like this one? What do you think of it? Let us know if you give it a try and how it turns out for you! And if you’re a meatball lover, try our recipe for authentic Swedish meatballs.

Recipe adapted from I Heart Naptime