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Tangy Cranberry Meatballs

5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Course Appetizer, dinner
Servings 12


  • 1 ½ cup bbq sauce
  • 1 can jellied cranberry sauce
  • 1 48oz pkg frozen meatballs ,precooked


  • In a microwave safe bowl, heat the jellied cranberry sauce for 2 minutes. Just enough to make it stirrable.
  • Whisk in the bbq sauce. The cranberry sauce will look lumpy, and that's okay. It will melt down as it cooks.
  • Dump meatballs into the crockpot, and pour the sauce on top. Give the meatballs a quick stir to help cover them in sauce.
  • Cook on high for 2-3 hours, or low for 4.
  • Serve as an appetizer or over rice for a meal.


I prefer to use Stubb's, Kraft, or Sweet Baby Ray's BBQ sauce for best taste. 
Hands down the best frozen meatballs are the Kirkland brand from Costco. If you don't have access to those, just use your favorite brand from the grocery store.