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Tuesday, November 15, 2016

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!


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

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.

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.

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

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

  3. 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

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

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

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

  5. 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...

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


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