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Grape Jelly Meatballs are a dump and start appetizer or dinner made up on only 3 ingredients!  This recipe can be made in either the Instant Pot or crockpot. 

Grape jelly meatballs in a large plate/bowl with bbq sauce and grape jelly in the background

These Grape Jelly and BBQ Meatballs are the BEST appetizer!

A sauce made with grape jelly and BBQ sauce, but as it all cooks together these grape jelly meatballs transform into something pretty spectacular!

I love appetizers! I can easily make a whole meal out of just appetizers. In fact, my family’s Christmas dinner is often just a bunch of appetizers with a nice Christmas ham thrown in for good measure. But these grape jelly meatballs always take center stage! Everybody LOVES them, and they could not possibly be simpler to make! 

Why you’ll love this Grape Jelly Meatball Recipe

Grape jelly BBQ meatballs are the perfect combination of sweet and savory. They are so incredibly delicious and the meatball gets so tender, they are too good to only enjoy at parties or special occasions! So I like to turn this amazing appetizer into a main course by serving it over rice or in a bun. No matter where or how you serve them one thing is for sure, these meatballs will be a hit!

meatballs with sauce over rice

You only need 4 ingredients for BBQ Jelly Meatballs!

  • Water
  • Frozen Meatballs- Any frozen meatball will do just fine. Just make sure that they are fully precooked. 
  • Grape Jelly- I usually use the store brand. 
  • BBQ Sauce- I personally love the Original Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce, but whatever brand sauce you like will turn out great!
meatballs, bbq sauce and grape jelly in the Instant Pot

How to make Meatballs with Grape Jelly and BBQ Sauce

Instant Pot Meatballs

Literally the hardest part of this recipe is putting the ingredients in the Instant Pot in the right order! Just make sure the ingredients go into the pot in the order listed and you will be fine.  DO NOT stir it up. Just put the ingredients in, put the lid on, and cook on HIGH pressure for 2 minutes. Yes, you read that right, just 2 minutes. Because everything is precooked, it is really about just getting your ingredients heated through. Once the Meatballs are cooked quick release the pressure and stir to coat the meatballs with the sauce.

Crock Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

This recipe can be done just as easily in a crock pot instead! Just place the ingredients into a crock pot, but OMIT THE WATER. Let the crock pot cook for a couple hours on High until everything is heated through. 

That is it. It literally could not be any simpler! Super easy, super kid friendly meal in just a few minutes with just a few ingredients! I promise everyone will love them!

How to serve Grape Jelly BBQ Meatballs

  • As an appetizer: Serve the grape jelly meatballs on a platter with toothpicks for easy picking. This is a great option for parties or potlucks.
  • Over rice: Serve the grape jelly meatballs over a bed of rice for a filling and satisfying meal.
  • As a sandwich: Place the grape jelly meatballs in a roll or bun with some lettuce and tomato for a tasty sandwich option.
  • With mashed potatoes: Serve the grape jelly meatballs alongside some creamy mashed potatoes for a comforting and delicious meal.
  • With veggies: Pair the grape jelly meatballs with some roasted or steamed veggies, such as broccoli or carrots, for a balanced and healthy meal.
  • As a main dish: Double the recipe and serve the grape jelly meatballs as the main dish, accompanied by your favorite sides.

What do you eat grape jelly meatballs with?

  • Mini quiches
  • Deviled eggs
  • Bruschetta
  • Spinach dip
  • Stuffed mushrooms
  • Cheeseball

Storing BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs

You’ll want to store the leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.

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BBQ Grape Jelly Meatballs

Grape Jelly Meatballs are a dump and start appetizer or dinner made up on only 3 ingredients!  This recipe can be made in either the Instant Pot or crockpot. 
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4


  • 1 cup water, if using Instant Pot
  • 1.5 lbs frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup grape jelly


  • For the Instant Pot: Add the ingredients to the Instant Pot in the order listed. Do not stir.
  • Pressure cook on high pressure for 2 minutes, quick release the pressure.
  • Stir to coat the meatballs in the sauce.
  • For the Crockpot: Add all ingredients (minus the water) into the crockpoot.
  • Heat everything on low for a few hours until the center of the meatballs reach 160°. Stir to coat in the sauce.
  • Serve as is, on a bun or over rice.


Calories: 688kcal | Carbohydrates: 58g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 37g | Saturated Fat: 13g | Cholesterol: 122mg | Sodium: 846mg | Potassium: 687mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 44g | Vitamin A: 160IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 56mg | Iron: 2mg
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  1. I haven’t made this but it it looks fun. I live in Belize, I brought an Instant Pot with me as I thought because it’s so hot here I’d use it a lot. So far been a little disappoint. Made a vegetable biryani which was DISAPPOINTING to say the least and used it last week to cook some local beef shanks. Was kinda ok. I’d like to use it a great deal more as ovens add heat to an already hot house!

  2. I hope you enjoy this recipe! Take a look at my site, I have a lot of great Instant Pot recipes that hopefully will convert you to using your Instant Pot more often. 🙂