Sweet and Sour Meatballs

I owe the success of this recipe to Uncle John – he tried to keep this a secret for a long time, but he finally cracked!!

(recipe based on 2 pounds of meatballs of your choosing)
2 10 ounce jars Chili Sauce
1 10 ounce jar Grape Jelly
¼ cup Jack Daniels


Pour both jars of Chili Sauce and Jack Daniels over meatballs in the slowcooker. Spread entire jar of Grape Jelly on top. Cook on low for 6-8 hours until jelly, sauce and whiskey have combined into a sweet, bitey, delicious sauce.

This is my favorite meatball recipe. I always love making a huge slowcooker full of meatballs because the leftovers are so good – the longer they sit, the better they taste. Well, I should caveat and say if you’re looking for leftovers here, you better put some in your refrigerator as soon as they are done because there’s not going to be many left!

I made these this weekend for a party we went to at Mark and Erin’s and they were a hit (Thanks for having us over Mark and Erin!).

I’ve made their recipe with beef meatballs and turkey meatballs – both taste about the same so the preference is up to you. You can also either buy pre-made meatballs or use your favorite recipe, totally up to you. The taste of these meatballs are just great; they have the perfect sweetness and the perfect biteyness (is that even a word?) and are completely different from Swedish meatballs and red-sauce meatballs. If you don’t have a slowcooker, you can always whip up the sauce in a saucepan on top of the stove and bake with the meatballs in the oven. This is a very easy recipe and people generally love these! Try them out and let me know what you think!


About JustFrank

Just a typical Washington, DC Suburbanite - University of Maryland Graduate, loves to spend time with his girlfriend, go out on the weekends, and spend quality time with his family. View all posts by JustFrank

3 responses to “Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • wendy

    sounds like a delish appetizer for thanksgiving!!!!

  • Kurly

    If you were following me on facebook the way I follow you on this blog you would know I made 200 of these meatballs and froze them for Thanksgiving as I do every year, and you could have had this recipe long ago! But I agree they are yummy and that’s why I make so many. If there are any leftovers they get taken home by guests!

    • JustFrank

      I’m trying to get better… I promise! That’s a great idea, I should make a batch and freeze them and then we can pull them out anytime.

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