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Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies are a fun, easy and delicious appetizer. Can be either made in the crockpot or quickly in the Instant Pot! Made from 4 simple ingredients, this appetizer is a real winner!

grape jelly meatballs and cocktail weenies

Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies- Everyone’s favorite Appetizer

Appetizers are something that I have always struggled with. I am not near fancy enough of a person to actually eat appetizers on a regular basis. We all know I am far too cheap for appetizers at a restaurant, too. ?

Every Christmas though, I am asked to bring an appetizer to the large extended family Christmas Party. And when I say large, I mean it. I am talking over 200 people large! 

In past years, I’ve always gone easy and made either a cheeseball or brought chips and salsa. This year, I know what I’m bringing! A big Instant Pot full of these meatballs and weenies! I have a feeling that they will disappear in record time!

grape jelly meatballs with cocktail weenies

How to make Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies in your Instant Pot 

Making this delicious appetizer could not be any easier in your Instant Pot! Best part is, like everything in the Instant Pot, these are piping hot and ready to devour in lightening speed.

This is very important to note though: The grape jelly and BBQ sauce combo is too thick to be used while pressure cooking. If you try to use the combo as your liquid, you will end up with the burn notice. 

We are going to cook the frozen meatballs and cocktail weenies first, before adding the sauce combo. 

Add 2 cups of water to the Instant Pot liner and add the frozen meatballs and weenies to the Instant Pot.

uncooked meatballs and weenies in the Instant Pot for Grape Jelly Meatballs

Now, pressure cook this for 0 (ZERO! NOT A TYPO!) minutes. This just means the the Instant Pot will come to pressure, beep and then you’ll release the pressure.

Because the meatballs are frozen, it does take a good 15 or so minutes for it to come to pressure.

Like I said above, quick release the pressure once the Instant Pot beeps. 

A couple of my weenies exploded a bit (as seen in the photo below), but the majority were just fine. ?Add a jar of grape jelly and a bottle of Sweet Baby Ray’s Origional BBQ sauce to the Instant Pot. 

grape jelly and bbq sauce on the meatballs and weenies

Turn the Instant Pot onto saute for a few minutes and gently stir to coat the meatballs and weenies in the sauce.

Keep the Instant Pot plugged in and on WARM for as long as needed. 

See below for Crock Pot instructions.

grape jelly meatballs and weenies

YIELD: 25 SERVINGS

Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies

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Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies are a fun, easy and delicious appetizer. Can be either made in the crockpot or quickly in the Instant Pot! Made from 4 simple ingredients, this appetizer is a real winner!

Ingredients

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 (12 oz) pkg cocktail weenies
  • 28 oz frozen meatballs
  • 8 oz jar grape jelly
  • 26 oz bottle Sweet Baby Rays Original BBQ Sauce

Instructions

  1. For the Instant Pot: Pour the 2 cups of water into the liner of the Instant Pot.
  2. Add the frozen meatballs and weenies to the Instant Pot.
  3. Cook on Manual HIGH for 0 (zero) minutes. Quick release the pressure.
  4. Drain the remaining water from the Instant Pot.
  5. Add the grape jelly and bbq sauce to the Instant Pot.
  6. Set the Instant Pot to saute and gently stir until the meatballs and weenies are coated and then sauce is heated through.
  7. Keep Instant Pot on warm for as long as needed.
  8. For the Crockpot: add all ingredients besides the water to your crockpot. cook on high until heated through, stirring every hour.

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Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies

Grape Jelly Meatballs and Weenies are a fun, easy and delicious appetizer. Can be either made in the crockpot or quickly in the Instant Pot! Made from 4 simple ingredients, this appetizer is a real winner!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Additional Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 25 servings

Ingredients 

  • 2 cups water
  • 3 12 oz pkg cocktail weenies
  • 28 oz frozen meatballs
  • 8 oz jar grape jelly
  • 26 oz bottle Sweet Baby Rays Original BBQ Sauce

Instructions 

  • For the Instant Pot: Pour the 2 cups of water into the liner of the Instant Pot.
  • Add the frozen meatballs and weenies to the Instant Pot.
  • Cook on Manual HIGH for 0 (zero) minutes. Quick release the pressure.
  • Drain the remaining water from the Instant Pot.
  • Add the grape jelly and bbq sauce to the Instant Pot.
  • Set the Instant Pot to saute and gently stir until the meatballs and weenies are coated and then sauce is heated through.
  • Keep Instant Pot on warm for as long as needed.
  • For the Crockpot: add all ingredients besides the water to your crockpot. cook on high until heated through, stirring every hour.

Nutrition

Serving: 1g | Calories: 168kcal | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 21mg | Sodium: 521mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 15g
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grape jelly and bbq sauce on the meatballs and weenies

grape jelly and bbq sauce on the meatballs and weenies

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  1. Which “Warm” setting do you recommend; Low, Medium or High? I’d like to make these on Christmas Day [for my daughter, SIL and the grandkids especially]. My granddaughter [4yo] is a terribly picky eater but loooves both grape jelly and cocktail weenies and I’d like to see if I combined those two things she might, actually, eat something …. a Christmas present for Nana 🙂

  2. Hi Tanis- The ‘keep warm’ button should only have 1 setting. You could also put it on crockpot low to keep everything warm if you’d rather. Hope you love them and have a Merry Christmas!

  3. When you say for a crockpot add all ingredients besides the water does that mean don’t use water?