Cocktail Meatballs

by aimee @ shugarysweets on January 12, 2012

These are so easy to make ahead of time and have on hand for your next get together. Such as a superbowl party???

I usually double or triple the meatball recipe and freeze the meatballs in ziploc bags. That way I can have them ready for the next use. These meatballs can be used for this recipe, or use them with spaghetti, make a brown gravy and serve over egg noodles, or just eat them plain. Enjoy!

Cocktail Meatballs
by Shugary Sweets
Keywords: slow-cooker saute appetizer entree jelly ground beef beef chili sauce
Ingredients (serves 12)
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3/4 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 tsp garlic salt
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 Tbsp milk
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup chili sauce
Mix beef, egg, bread crumbs, garlic, salt, pepper and milk in large bowl. Shape into small bite size balls. Cook in hot skillet, turning, until completely cooked.
At this point you can let them cool, and freeze them. Or you can toss them right into a crock pot with the jelly and chili sauce. Turn on low, heat for about 3 hours, serve, enjoy!
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{ 13 comments… read them below or add one }

Julie @ Table for Two January 12, 2012 at 1:21 pm

this is a childhood recipe from my mom and i made these a few months ago and they’re the best appetizers to serve guests!! i LOVE them and how easy they are!! yay for you making them :) I’m so glad you did!


Jocelyn January 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm

My idea of a great meatball is called Sam’s Club…jazzed up of course!!! This makes me sound like such a terrible cook huh? Good thing I am a baking blogger:-) The jelly in this totally has me intrigued to try it…maybe a meatball themed dinner is in order


Anonymous January 12, 2012 at 1:48 pm

Do you use the really hot chili sauce or the sweet chili sauce. I want to make these but wonder if they will be too hot for my family.



Aimee January 12, 2012 at 2:06 pm

@anonymous- I use just plain chili sauce (more sweet, it’s not spicy)


Lizzy Do January 12, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Great idea to keep some in the freezer! I love meatballs!


Aarthi January 12, 2012 at 2:51 pm

This is such a yummy one…I would love to try it..U have made perfectly Dear..Bookmarking it..



Hilliary@ Happily Ever Healthy January 12, 2012 at 2:57 pm

OH yum! THis would be perfect for a super bowl party! My boyfriend would love these, I could make them with ground turkey!


wok with ray January 12, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Those are nice looking meatballs. Superbowl or no Superbowl, I would have this any day. Thank you for sharing this beautiful yummers.

~ ray ~


Anonymous January 12, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Yummo! Thanks for sharing. I love a good meatball recipe!


Holly January 13, 2012 at 2:56 am

YUM. Bookmarking for Super Bowl!!


Allison January 13, 2012 at 11:11 am

My sister makes a similar dish and I am always excited when she brings them. I never thought to bring them to our Super Bowl party. So perfect.

Reply January 13, 2012 at 12:03 pm

Wow, you threw me off when I saw grape jelly. Thats interesting! I am intrigued, now I have to try it! Great idea on freezing the meatballs!!


Kimby January 16, 2012 at 12:39 am

Cocktail meatballs are always the first to disappear at a party! :)


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