Crock-Pot Recipe: Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs

Updated on January 2, 2020
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This recipe is an easy way to feed a whole bunch of people, and it's always a big hit at our poker night.

This cocktail meatball recipe is great for any occasion.
This cocktail meatball recipe is great for any occasion.

We host poker night every Saturday night, and after three years, I have accumulated a lot of great snack recipes. With having over 15 people each time, it's tough to make a lot of little snacks to feed such a big group, so I tend to look to the Crock-Pot for simple solutions. This way, I can still enjoy the game while the snack is warming up, getting ready to be eaten at break time. This is also a great snack to put in a big bowl in the middle and let everyone take bites as they play.

This recipe is a play on the standard Grape Jelly Cocktail Meatballs, but instead of jelly, I like to use cranberry sauce.


  • 24 ounces frozen meatballs (turkey meatballs work great as well)
  • 18 ounces barbecue sauce
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 16 ounces cranberry sauce jellied
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard


  1. Mix the barbecue sauce, soy sauce, cranberry sauce, and mustard together until you get a smooth consistency.
  2. Put frozen meatballs in the Crock-Pot and pour the mixture over them. Stir so all of the meatballs are evenly coated.
  3. Cook on low for four to six hours. If it starts to boil, reduce the heat to "keep warm" so that the barbecue sauce does not burn.
  4. Enjoy!

Note: You can also do this with homemade meatballs. I have used homemade venison meatballs in this recipe, and they were a big hit. If you are doing the homemade meatballs, just brown the meatballs on the outside, and then add them to the Crock-Pot. Cook six to eight hours or until thoroughly cooked through. Do not allow the mixture to boil too long, as the barbecue sauce will burn.


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    • dappledesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      Great to hear! Happy birthday and enjoy!

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      Ruth Johnso 

      5 years ago

      I'm going to have this at mine and my daughters birthday party tomorrow!!!

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      5 years ago

      This looks delish! I've always wanted to make my own meatballs but they seem to fall apart. Do you have a good recipe for those? And when you Brown your meatballs, is it in the oven or in a skillet?

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      5 years ago

      Cranberry jelly, where I'll I find that. Can I replace something else like a different kind of jelly?

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      Peggy Woods 

      5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      Wow...those look good and I'll bet that flavor combination is delicious. Thanks for sharing your recipe with us. Will pin this so I can find it easily when I wish to give this a try.

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      Patricia Scott 

      5 years ago from North Central Florida

      O yeah...crock pots are the best. It is like my Momma's cast iron pot back in the day. She would put goodies in and they simmered on the back burner all day.

      Now we have these new fangled doodads that get the job done for us too.

      I will have to give your recipe a try. Meatballs are always a hit. Thanks for sharing

      Angels are on the way

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      5 years ago

      I just remembered this recipe (similar) last week. Used it years ago and thought it might work for an upcoming event. Thanks much for the updated details on it!

    • dappledesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      it adds a great flavor - but it doesn't really taste like mustard. I have seen some people use a mild mustard like honey mustard as well. Dijon works really well too, but if you don't like mustard I wouldn't recommend plain yellow mustard.

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      6 years ago

      These look great I never really like mustard in to many thing

      But I'm seeing that a lot of people use in sauces I may

      Have to give another try

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      Jackie Jacobs 

      6 years ago from USA

      These actually look amazing. I will be making these next time we have a party. Thanks! Voted up!

    • dappledesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      I like to use Sweet Baby Rays sauce. I do tend to stay away from the brown sugar recipes because I find that it burns a little bit quicker in the crock pot if it's not stirred.

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      Shawn Scarborough 

      7 years ago from The Lone Star State

      I love simple recipes that you can make in a crock pot. This recipe looks like it will be very easy to make. I can see how it would be a big hit at my next party. Which BBQ sauce do you use with this recipe?

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      7 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      If you keep it on the lowest cooking setting on the slow cooker and make sure there is a little extra sauce in there so it doesn't burn on you I think it would be ok.

      If you have one of the slow cookers that you can program, I would do 4 hours on low and then put it on keep warm until you get home to tend to it.

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      7 years ago

      I have a bout an 8 hour window where I will be gone. Could these cook for 8 hours?

    • dappledesigns profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      As a snack / appetizer about 8 people.

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      8 years ago

      How many does it serve??

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      Movie Master 

      8 years ago from United Kingdom

      What an ideal recipe if you have guests in, thanks for sharing.

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      8 years ago from In Limbo between New England and the Midwest

      No problem! They are definitely a big hit and very tasty too. If you choose to make your own meatballs ground turkey really works well.

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      8 years ago from Lake Stevens

      this is a beautiful picture and probably is really awesome

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      Sarah Carlsley 

      8 years ago from Minnesota

      Yum! These sound and look delicious. Thanks for sharing this!


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