Sweet and spicy cranberry meatballs (slow cooker) – carlsbad cravings

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs are the perfect party meatball for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve or any Eve that everyone will love AND so easy, moist and seeping with flavor from the slow cooker and INCREDIBLE sauce! SLOW COOKER Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs VIDEO

So I can’t believe its taken me this long to post a meatball recipe. Homemade meatballs no breadcrumbs I mean, I love meatballs. Homemade sweet and sour meatballs in crockpot They were my requested dinner for my mom to make for every single one of my birthday growing up so I’m glad I finally got my act together with Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs just in time for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve because these meatballs are the perfect make ahead appetizer that everyone will be begging you for this Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs recipe, just like I used to beg my mom to make her famous meatballs growing up.

For the meatball itself, I used my mom’s perfect moist meatball recipe that uses crushed saltines instead of breadcrumbs, dry minced onion, ginger and garlic powder for meatballs oozing with flavor.


I then concocted this tantalizing sweet and spicy cranberry sauce inspired by my blackberry hoisin ginger pork tenderloin sauce. Homemade swedish meatballs in crockpot Its sweet from the cranberry sauce and brown sugar, tangy from the ketchup, complex from the hoisin, grounded by the soy, and spicy from the Buffalo Hot Wings Sauce. Italian homemade meatballs recipe Basically, its crazy delicious.

The sweet and spicy deliciousness gets poured over lightly browned meatballs in the slow cooker…

And simmers away for about 2 hours as the meatballs cook and seep in the zesty, sweet, tangy, savory, spicy sauce.

Not only are the meatballs and sauce lip smacking good, they can be prepared before your company and stay warm in the slow cooker until its go time, perfect for a stress free company/holiday appetizer. Homemade spaghetti sauce with meatballs and sausage Just be sure to sneak in a few meatballs before the company arrive because when its go time, there is no stopping until they are going, going….gone.

Leaving behind nothing but satisfied bellies, smiling faces and thankful hearts for your Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs.

In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients, mix until well combined. Homemade meatballs in tomato sauce Roll meat mixture into desired meatball size**. Homemade ground beef meatball recipe Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.

Meanwhile, add all of the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce ingredients starting with just 2 teaspoons hot wings sauce to a bowl and mix to combine. Homemade meatballs recipe jamie oliver You can add more hot sauce to taste at the end of cooking.

Line the bottom of your slow cooker with meatballs, then a layer of Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce, then the remaining meatballs followed by the remaining. Italian spaghetti meat sauce recipe homemade Sauce. Healthy homemade meatballs Gently stir meatballs an hour after cooking.

Hi Bonita, 3 times already, that makes my happy! You are most welcome – as my mom used to say “I love an appreciative eater!” ?? So happy you are enjoying the recipe and broiling is a great idea. Homemade meatball sauce sweet and sour Happy 2015!

Hi Jasmine! I would suggest leaving out the hot sauce and reducing the sugar by 2 tablespoons. Homemade swedish meatballs crockpot At the end of cooking you can taste and add a little hot sauce if you would like – or add it to only your portion. Homemade spaghetti sauce with sausage Hope this helps!

Yes they can Tara! I would heat about 1/4-inch of oil in a skillet over medium heat, add meatballs and cook until browned on all sides then add Cranberry Sauce ingredients and turn to low and simmer gently for at least 30 minutes for optimum flavor. Healthy homemade turkey meatballs Enjoy!

Hi Kathy, you certainly use ground chicken but just be aware that they might be as juicy as fattier proteins mean juicier meatballs. Homemade spaghetti sauce in crockpot Also watch the cooking time more carefully because the lack of fat means they can overcook and become tough much more quickly. Homemade spaghetti sauce crock pot fresh tomatoes Hope this helps!

So sorry for my delayed response Niki, I have been super behind with all the holidays but THANK YOU so much for taking the time to comment! I am thrilled these were such a huge hit – yay! I hope you have the Happiest New Year!

Hi, was reviewing the video carefully, could only see 28 meatballs on the bottom layer, and I think by the time you put the lid on, there was probably another layer – by the end, did that crockpot contain all 70 meatballs/2lb worth? or were those the 2? scoop meatball size (=35)? I ask because I’m wondering if I can fit a double recipe worth of meatballs into my 6 qt crockpot and it looked like the pot was less than half full with what you prepared there. Homemade spaghetti sauce in crockpot with fresh tomatoes Would a double recipe of sauce be enough to cover 140 meatballs, do you think? thank you!

Hi Patricia! You should be able to fit double recipe in your 6qt. Homemade spaghetti sauce with italian sausage and ground beef crockpot – it might be tight but should work. Homemade tomato sauce and meatballs You will probably also want to increase the cooking time to closer to 3 hours. Homemade spaghetti sauce italian sausage Hope this helps!

Cystic fibrosis survivor, lung & kidney transplant recipient, LOVER of life and FOOD! I’m Jen and I live in Carlsbad, California (north San Diego), with my husband, Patrick, and my furry, four legged daughter, Kiwi, and together we WELCOME YOU to Carlsbad Cravings!!! Here you will find only my tried and true daringly delicious recipes – or what I like to describe as extraordinary flavors out of everyday ingredients. Homemade spaghetti sauce with sausage recipe Read More…

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