Crockpot Cocktail Grape Meatball Appetizer

Friday, January 7, 2011

This year being it was my hubbys 40th birthday and it always falls on New Year's Eve, I decided we would have just a quiet family dinner that evening. Then plan on a bigger bash in the following weeks. So, it's upon me, this is one of the many appetizers that I am making along with many other orderve style foods that need basic utensils such as toothpicks! I want to enjoy the party too. Making finger foods are the way to go for me. I love adding the mustard for extra flavor. This recipe I am sure has gone around many times. I have been making it for over 25 years now!

You can cut this recipe in half if you don't have alot to feed. This is perfect for any party and there seems to never be enough. Sure to please any age group.

3 cups chili sauce
2 cups grape jelly
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
For the meatballs ingredients:
2 lbs lean ground beef
2 egg lightly beaten
6 tablespoons fine Italian Style dry bread crumbs
pinch of garlic powder cayenne pepper, black pepper, and  parsley (we like hot and spicey so I use alot more than a pinch of  cayenne)
1 teaspoon salt

Combine chili sauce, jelly, and mustard in crock pot and stir well. Turn crockpot on high and make the meatballs below in the meantime,( I suppose to save time if you can find mini ones you can buy these.)
Combine meat ingredients and mix thoroughly. Shape into 50 meatballs. Bake meatballs in a preheated 400 degree oven for 15 to 20 min; drain well. I use a aluminum throw away baking sheet. Normally I cook alot of food for a party, easier clean up the better!

Combine sauce ingredients in a microwave proof bowl for around two minutes, stir to blend all flavors together.
Add in sauce to the meatballs in the crockpot,  stir to coat, cover and cook on Low for 6 to 10 hrs. Serve using toothpicks!  Enjoy....


  1. Happy Birthday to your hubby, Claudia! Great start to a new year. I always love small bites. They are so fun to eat. I have never cooked with grape jelly. This is interesting. Looks very delicious...mmmm Hope you have a wonderful day! MaryMoh at

  2. I love finger foods, that's the way to go for me too! Happy birthday to your husband, the big 4-0, and I hope he enjoys his feast. With this on the menu, I am sure he will!

  3. I've never truly been keen on chile sauce type dishes, however, I could always work around it since this recipe looks so interesting Claudia.

    At the very least that chile sauce should give you all a great shooting start to the New Year. LOL

    Flavourful wishes,

  4. Sometimes it is those long time made foods that everyone wants, especially for a celebration. The sauce list sounds delicious.

  5. Happy birthday to hubby! I have had this at parties but have never made it myself. I need to try if...maybe for the superbowl.

  6. This has been a favorite recipe of mine since the 70s! It's a low key way to enjoy yummy meatballs and is a well loved recipe. Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

  7. love this recipe for parties, I do a similar one with BBQ sauce, grape jelly & horseradish... so many good recipes for meat balls, I think it would be fun to have a dozen or so at the next bowl game.... Happy Birthday Big Man - big 4-0 - Wow, such a kid....

  8. These are always a hit at parties, I can just stand there and eat these all night!

  9. I love these cocktail meatballs! They're hard to stop eating, for me! I love good stand-by recipes like this one! Happy Bday to your hubby!

  10. Belated happy birth day to your hubby. Meatball appetizer looks delicious. I haven't tried anything with grape jelly.

  11. Mmmm, this sounds splendid!
    Hope your husband has a wonderful birthday!
    I will be sure to try this next time company comes!

  12. Yay! The big 4-0! So exciting.

    This recipe looks fabulous.

    Happy Friday to you, my sweet! As always, your blog is a pleasure to read :o)

  13. Interesting! And I'm sure they're delicious. Hope your husband had a relaxing and happy birthday;)

  14. Happy bday to your hubby! These look really delicious ;0

  15. recipe came up in my reader list as ' test ' ..... did it work???

  16. I am so happy that you've posted this recipe. A few years ago I went to a baby shower where something similar to this was served. I exclaimed how good they were and the host rattled off "grape jelly, mustard...." I kicked myself for not getting the recipe.

  17. I never met a meatball I didn't like! These sound so flavorful and I like that they're made in the crockpot. Happy Belated Birthday to your husband!

  18. We've made these, and they are so good. Everybody loved them.

  19. Claudia, I'm a little confused here! Do you cook with that plastic sheet on??? :o)
    Cheers, Kristy
    p/s btw, how's the party?

  20. I want to try these but I'm a little confused - you say to mix the ingredients in the crock pot and stir ,but then below you say to microwave the ingredients to blend flavors. Which is correct? Thanks!

  21. Hi Ashley I am more confused. You mix the sauce together. Make the meatballs. Combine the sauce with the meatballs and cook. I didnt see what your referring to.. sorry.


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