Best Crockpot 3 Ingredient BBQ and Grape Jelly Meatballs

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If you have a crock pot at home, chances are you like to use it as much as possible. Crock pot recipes are great after all, they are so easy, and they always end up tasting so delicious too. The crock pot was actually invented quite a while ago in 1936 by its inventor Irving Naxon. Irving was inspired by a dish that was made by his mother called cholent that would cook all day, so it was ready for the Sabbath when no cooking or work was allowed. His design was sold to Rival Manufacturing in the 70s and shortly after became a popular household item. Families who had working mothers loved it because everyone could come home to a nice, home-cooked meal at the end of the day. Crock pots became less popular in the 80s, perhaps because of the rise in popularity of the microwave, but these days they are quite popular again. It's estimated that 83% of households in the US have a crock pot. They are great for cooking dinners while you're out working all day and they also make great appetizers like these grape jelly bbq meatballs.

Any slow cooked meat is going to be popular, but slow cooked meatballs are devoured at potlucks and gatherings. Angie, from Big Bears Wife, says that everyone in her area makes them and they are always at any get together she goes to. So she loves making them and bringing them to different events. She shares this as one of her easy crock pot meal ideas for the holidays. You can have these as a side dish or serve them as an appetizer or snack. They are the perfect little bite-sized pieces to pop in your mouth, and you can put fancy toothpicks in them to make them easier and less messy to handle. You might doubt the combination of BBQ sauce and Grape Jelly for the sauce to make these meatballs, but Angie assures us that it's to die for. The sweetness of the grape jelly and the tangy flavour of the BBQ sauce goes really well together actually, and you just have to try it to believe it. All you need for this recipes is three key ingredients, a crock pot and 3 hours to whip them up.

This recipe will make about 96 to 100 meatballs, but if you have a larger crowd to feed you might want to make a double or triple batch. Just be sure to cook one batch at a time. You could also make them ahead and freeze them and then reheat them in the oven too. You can make your own meatballs out of beef, pork, chicken or turkey. Just try to get pasture raised, organic meat whenever you can. You can also use a bag of frozen pre-made meatballs. Or you could try making this with vegetarian meatballs. Then, you'll need 36 ounces of your favourite BBQ Sauce Angie used Honey BBQ Sauce but this might be a little too sweet for some people, so just use a regular BBQ sauce if you'd rather it wasn't so sweet. You can even make your own BBQ sauce with some ketchup, Worcestershire sauce, sugar and paprika. Then, you'll need 30 ounces of grape jelly. All you need to do is put all of the meatballs, the BBQ sauce and the grape jelly into the crock pot bowl, set it on high and let it cook for 3 hours. Once time is up, just leave the crock pot on warm until you're ready to serve them up. For more crock pot meal ideas and crock pot recipes check out Bug Bears Wife.***

Nutrition Facts for: CrockPot BBQ and Grape Jelly Meatballs from Big Bears Wife
Ingredients: Frozen meatballs, BBQ Sauce, grape jelly.
* Percentages (%) are based on a 2000 calorie diet * The entire recipe has been calculated for 20 servings (5 meatballs in each serving) * Per Serving: Calories 355, Calories from Fat 103, Total Fat 11.5g 18%, Saturated Fat 4.3g 22%, Cholesterol 33mg 11%, Sodium 963mg 40%, Potassium 139mg 4%, Carbohydrates 53.5g 18%, Dietary Fiber 1.7g 7%, Sugars 34.9g, Protein 14.3g, Vitamin A 2%, Vitamin C 7%, Calcium 1%, Iron 2%

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