Best BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are extremely easy to make, with just a few ingredients and just a few minutes of prep work. They turn out perfect all the time!

Slow Cooker recipes are one of the easiest you can make. You can cook appetizers, main dishes, and desserts. We also recommend you try this Crockpot Kielbasa, our most popular Baked Potato Soup and obviously this juicy London Broil Pot Roast.

Slow Cooker or Crockpot Meatballs

BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

BBQ Crockpot Meatballs Recipe is one of the easiest you can fix in your slow cooker. You can either make it with fresh or frozen meatballs, the result is always amazing. If you are looking for a great homemade meatball recipe, look no further we have the perfect one for you, just follow this link.

This recipe is so versatile, we loke using Orange marmalade and barbecue sauce. But other great combos are grape jelly or red pepper jelly with bbq sauce. You can also make them spicier if you prefer it so. The meatballs turn out juicy and delicious all the time. Coated in a sauce that is so good you will lick your fingers clean.

What do you need to make Crockpot Meatballs?

  • This recipe is super simple and only requires a handful of ingredients.
  • Meatballs – you can make your own using this recipe or use your favorite store-bought frozen ones.
  • Orange marmalade – we love the subtle citrus flavor that it adds. For even more flavor we highly recommend you add some orange zest.
  • Barbecue Sauce – same here, use your favorite one, either homemade or store-bought. We usually recommend a more classic one or Bourbon based so it goes well with the orange flavors.
  • Orange zest – while optional, it will add a punch of flavors to the whole meal.
  • Sweet Chili Sauce – adds a nice contrast to the overall sweeter dish.
  • Vinegar – it balances the sweet flavors and adds a savory layer.

BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

How do you make Crockpot Meatballs?

This recipe is so simple, all you have to do is:

  • Combine all the sauce ingredients in a bowl and stir to combine.
  • Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray.
  • Add the meatballs (fresh or frozen).
  • Pour the sauce and gently stir ( especially if they are not frozen) to combine.
  • Cook and enjoy!

Should I Brown meatballs before putting in the slow cooker?

  • If you are using homemade, fresh meatballs, you have to brown them, otherwise, they will lose their shape and become and mushy after cooking.
  • If you are using frozen meatballs, you don’t have to brown them.

How long can meatballs stay in the crockpot?

You can cook them on HIGH for 1 ½ to 2 hours and after that keep on LOW or WARM for up to 4 hours.

Recipe Tips:

  • Make sure to spray the slow cooker with cooking spray, so the sauce won’t stick to it.
  • If you decide to use frozen meatballs, you do NOT have to thaw them.
  • Orange marmalade can be replaced with grape jelly, apricot jelly, red pepper jelly, and even cherry.
  • For a spicier kick add some red pepper flakes or even hot sauce.

Best Crockpot Meatballs

What should I serve with BBQ Crockpot Meatballs?

This recipe is so versatile, it can be passed as an appetizer or as a main dish. We like serving mashed potatoes on the side, or corn on the cob. Creamed Corn is another great decision.

They are also great over noodles, pasta or rice too!


Absolutely! This recipe is incredibly easy to freeze. First, make sure, you let the BBQ Crockpot meatballs fully cool. Next, place them in the freezer. They can stay fresh for up to 6 months inside the freezer. In the refrigerator, they will only stay fresh for a few days.

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Best BBQ Crockpot Meatballs
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 10 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 3 hours Total time: 3 hrs 10 mins


  • 32- ounce  bag frozen fully cooked meatballs  (about 50)
  • 2 cups  orange marmalade 
  • 2 cups  BBQ sauce 
  • 1 cup  sweet chili sauce 
  •  zest of one orange 
  • 1 tablespoon  white vinegar 


  •  Diced green onion 


  1. Combine the orange marmalade, BBQ sauce, chili sauce, orange zest and vinegar in a medium bowl and stir well.
  2. Spray the slow cooker base with cooking oil.
  3. Add the meatballs and pour the sauce. Gently stir to combine.
  4. Cover and cook on high for 2 to 3 hours.
Calories: 547 Carbohydrates: 78 Protein: 16 Fat: 19 Saturated Fat: 7 Cholesterol: 65 Sodium: 929 Potassium: 416 Fiber: 1 Sugar: 69 Vitamin A: 175 Vitamin C: 4 Calcium: 56 Iron: 1.3
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I love to make meatballs in the crockpot.  I like to make and freeze my meatballs ahead and pull them out when needed.  Such a time saver.


Alli Smith

I love making meatballs in the crockpot and I'm always on the hunt for new recipes. I'm an orange marmalade kind of girl so this one looks like a winner! Yum!


Amber Myers

Oh my gosh, yum, I need to make these for sure. My husband would be a fan. He's all about BBQ stuff. And I love when I can use my crockpot.



This recipe looks so yummy. I love that it's made in the crockpot. My family loves BBQ recipes and is going to love this one. 


Lori Bosworth

I love meatballs made in a crockpot! This recipe looks easy and delicious! I will definitely try it!


Marcie W.

Yum! Talk about a delicious appetizer idea. My mom's birthday is this weekend and these would make an amazing addition to her party menu.



I love meatballs! I have never tried them with jelly. I am scared they will taste too sweet. Maybe one day I will get enough courage to try it



Since we moved, I haven't used our crock pot. This makes me want to take it out and make something!


Terri Steffes

That looks super good! I know I would love these meatballs. I want to eat them all and then drink the sauce. Yummy!



Crockpot meatballs are one of my favorite things to make for potluck parties. They are always a hit.


Lisa Martin

My kids love meat balls! These look super good and that sauce looks amazing!


Jona Shares

Good thing I was able to see this today. My husband is requesting me to prepare something for him. I guess he will be surprised if I prepared this one. 



Oh yum, these look so good! I also like that they are made in the crockpot, that makes them really easy to make! This is a great recipe and food option to take to someone's house for a party, easy potluck option.



I like the idea of starting with frozen meatballs and then kicking it up a notch. These look really good and easy to make!



Food cooked slowly in a crockpot is always delicious. Your meatball recipe looks delicious and perfect for the cooler weather.


Shelley King

We have meatballs at every single family gathering. This is a different recipe than we use. I will try this next time and see what everyone thinks!


Nancy at Whispered Inspirations

Mmm, now I want to make these. I'm going to pick some ingredients up tonight and make them for tomorrow. Look so good!



These looks delicious I love that we can make it in bulk especially for get together or regular meal. Love the addition of barbecue sauce.


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