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A bowl of sweet and sour meatballs with a cocktail fork in it.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs

These sweet and sour meatballs are homemade meatballs that are cooked in the crock pot with a two ingredient sauce. The perfect main course or party appetizer that always gets rave reviews!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 3 hours 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 366kcal
Author Sara Welch


  • 2 pounds ground beef I use 90% lean
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup onion finely diced
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 12 ounce bottle chili sauce
  • 1 1/2 cups grape jelly
  • 2 tablespoons parsley
  • cooking spray


  • Preheat the broiler. Line a sheet pan with foil and coat the foil with cooking spray.
  • Place the ground beef, eggs, breadcrumbs, onion, salt, pepper and garlic powder in a large bowl. Stir until thoroughly combined.
  • Shape the meat mixture into 1 inch meatballs and place the meatballs on the prepared pan.
  • Broil for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
  • While the meatballs are cooking, prepare the sauce.
  • Melt the grape jelly by microwaving it for 30 second increments or melting it in a saucepan over medium heat.
  • After the jelly has melted, whisk in the chili sauce.
  • Coat a slow cooker with cooking spray. Add the meatballs, then pour the sauce over the top. Toss to coat.
  • Cook for 3 hours on low. Sprinkle with parsley, then serve.


Calories: 366kcal | Carbohydrates: 57g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 114mg | Sodium: 620mg | Potassium: 611mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 36g | Vitamin A: 435IU | Vitamin C: 14.1mg | Calcium: 55mg | Iron: 3.8mg