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Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers

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Discover how to make beloved Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers.

Classic southern meatballs, or grape jelly meatballs as they’re better known, are a favorite at gatherings. You may have had these and not even realized what the sauce is made from.

It’s one of the easiest appetizers you can make. They are delicious and your guest will be going back for more! Be sure to make plenty because they disappear faster than you could imagine.

Everyone’s face seems to light up when they see a serving crock or platter with these amazing meatball appetizers.

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Frozen Meatballs
  • 12 oz Chili Sauce
  • 18 oz Grape Jelly (or jam)
  • 2 tbs Dijon Mustard (optional)

Southern Party Food

Meatball appetizer recipe ingredients
 
Add meatballs to a crock pot and top with chili sauce and grape jelly. Set on high heat. Stir occasionally. I don’t use the Dijon mustard but many do, so if using add it with the rest of the ingredients.
 

Old Fashioned Meatball Recipe for Gatherings

Crock Pot meatball appetizers
 
 
Cook on high for 3 hours and serve with appetizer forks or party picks.
 
You can use the same sauce with lit’l smokies cocktail links or sliced smoked sausage bites.

Chili Sauce and Jelly Meatballs

Southern Meatball Appetizers with Grape Jelly and Chili sauce

These tasty meatballs can be kept in a warm serving crock or placed on a platter as needed for your guests.

 

Let’s make these Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers!

Yield: 2 Pounds of Meatballs

Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers

Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers

Grape jelly meatballs are a Southern classic party food. Guests love them.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 2 lbs Frozen Meatballs
  • 12 oz Chili Sauce
  • 18 oz Grape Jelly (or jam)
  • 2 tbs Dijon Mustard (optional)

Instructions

  1. Add the meatballs to a crock pot and top with chili sauce and grape jelly.
  2. Set on the high heat stetting.
  3. Stir occasionally. 
  4. Cook on high for 3 hours and serve with appetizer forks or party picks.

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Nutrition Information:

Yield:

15

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 286Total Fat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 40mgSodium: 770mgCarbohydrates: 33gFiber: 2gSugar: 23gProtein: 9g
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Southern Grape Jelly Meatball Appetizers

 
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14 Comments

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    November 16, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I've also made these using cranberry jelly instead of the grape. Great for Thanksgiving. 🙂

  • Reply
    Roseann Hampton
    November 17, 2016 at 12:31 am

    My mom used to make these every time she had a party!

  • Reply
    Miz Helen
    November 21, 2016 at 9:07 pm

    Thanks so much for linking up with Full Plate Thursday! We will have an early Thanksgiving Edition on 11-22 -16, hope to see you there!
    Wishing you a bountiful Thanksgiving!
    Miz Helen

    • Reply
      Julia
      November 23, 2016 at 2:59 pm

      Thanks so much Helen and a Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours!

  • Reply
    Nikki
    July 1, 2017 at 8:14 pm

    Thanks for sharing! This is my absolute favorite way to make them!! YUM!

    • Reply
      Julia
      July 5, 2017 at 12:26 pm

      Me too! Such a great EASY recipe and tastes great!

  • Reply
    Anonymous
    July 2, 2017 at 3:32 am

    I've made these using 1 bottle chili sauce, 1/2 jar grape jam & 1/2 can jelled cranberry sauce! The longer they cook in the crockpot the better…

  • Reply
    JeCksOn
    September 8, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    hmmmmmmmm

    • Reply
      Tez
      July 24, 2019 at 5:48 pm

      Can you cook these in a pot He stove etc, then put them in the crock pot?

      • Reply
        Julia Jordan
        July 24, 2019 at 5:58 pm

        You could do that but I would probably place the meatballs on a bake sheet and put them in the oven to cook then combine everything in the crock pot. That might make all of the meatballs easier to deal with rather than having to keep stirring them around.

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    juliepollitt
    September 29, 2017 at 3:31 pm

    Oh my goodness, I LOVE meatballs and grape jelly! Wish I could eat it right off the screen.

  • Reply
    Sandy
    October 19, 2019 at 10:14 am

    I don’t have a crock pot. How long would I cook them stove top? Which frozen meatballs do you recommend?

    • Reply
      Julia Jordan
      October 19, 2019 at 10:21 am

      Sandy,
      Any basic frozen meatball would work for the recipe. If you’re cooking it on the stove top, heat over a medium low setting and stir occasionally until hot and bubbly and it shouldn’t take more than an hour, maybe less. I hope this helps.

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