You’ll never guess what the “secret” ingredient is in these simple crockpot BBQ Meatballs!
If you’ve been around our blog for a while, you might have realized by now that I love my crockpot. I love that we can have a hot meal without me standing over the stove. This is especially true right now, with a baby who loves to fuss at dinnertime, and two little ones complaining about how hungry they are. In this season of my life, cooking dinner ranks pretty high up on the list of things I hate to do (right below stepping on Legos).
So, I try to utilize my crockpot any chance I get. I was part of a cooking club a while back, and I got the idea of this recipe from that.
These “Secret” Ingredient BBQ Meatballs are filling enough for dinner (serve over rice), but they’d also be a fabulous appetizer for a party (just use toothpicks).
These “Secret” Ingredient BBQ Meatball are so extremely simple– just 3 ingredients! Start with frozen meatballs, like Lucy’s Easy Peasy Meatballs or the frozen meatballs from Costco. Add BBQ sauce. Then throw in the “secret” ingredient that isn’t so “secret” as it is surprising. Jellied cranberry sauce!
My husband loved these meatballs, and he was really surprised when I told him that they had cranberry sauce in them. It doesn’t give them a cranberry taste, but rather adds a sweetness to the BBQ sauce.
- 2 lbs frozen meatballs, no need to thaw
- 2 bottles BBQ sauce (16-18 oz each)
- 14 oz can jellied cranberry sauce (the "secret" ingredient)
- Combine ingredients in slow cooker.
- Cook on high 2-4 hours.
- Serve as an appetizer using toothpicks, or serve over rice for a meal.
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