3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

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Mix together only three ingredients then set your slow cooker on low.  Four hours later you’re ready to party with these tangy apricot glazed and chili sauce cocktail meatballs.

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs - slow cooker recipeYou all know the usual grape jelly + chili sauce + meatballs recipe, right?  This is basically the same thing but with apricot preserves instead.  You see, the very first time I decided to make the traditional grape jelly meatballs, I didn’t have grape jelly.  Doh!  But, I had an unopened jar of apricot preserves in my pantry, so I used it instead.  That was years ago and today I can honestly say I have never made slow cooker meatballs with grape jelly.  I always use apricot preserves.

I’ve made this countless times over the years.  I never thought to photograph and post it because the classic grape jelly version is already all over the inter-webs.  Plus, whenever I do make it I’m usually too busy getting ready for a party to stop for a moment and photograph it.  Finally, I decided to go ahead and get this recipe into my site collection because maybe at least one of you out there will appreciate the simple suggestion of using apricot preserves instead?  🙂

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs - slow cooker recipeIt really is easy to make this recipe your own.  I’ve added apple butter a few times for a little more sweetness, you can also add more flavors from your own spice rack.  Maybe a little chili powder, ground cumin, cinnamon or onion powder?  How about chopping up onions and adding to the bowl?  So many variations you can make here.

Although you can’t tell from my photos, I usually serve these right from the slow cooker without dirtying another serving platter.  But, those little cocktail forks really are cute, aren’t they?  😉

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours

Yield: 12-15 servings

3-Ingredient Apricot Glazed Party Meatballs

Mix together only three ingredients then set your slow cooker on low. Four hours later you're ready to party with these tangy apricot glazed and chili sauce cocktail meatballs.

  • 1 (12 oz.) jar chili sauce
  • 1 (18 oz.) jar apricot preserves
  • 2 lb frozen cooked meatballs

In the bowl of a slow cooker, mix together the chili sauce and apricot preserves. Add the meatballs and toss until evenly coated. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours.

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Comments

  1. Wow – talk about easy! I don’t think my kids could cope with the chili sauce. I wonder if a combination of sweet chilli sauce and something else could be used. They look really good though.

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Emma,
      If you are worried it might be too spicy for the kids, the sauce has no heat at all! It’s a sweet sauce, not spicy. 🙂

  2. They looks super tasty, and I’m all about great flavor with only a couple of ingredients!

  3. My Grandmother got me into chili sauce and I swear the smell always makes me think of her!! Awesome photos friend!

  4. Madeline says:

    One part of the recipe says 4 hours on high and the other part says 4 hours on low. Which is it?

    • Nikki Gladd says:

      Hi Madeline,
      Good catch! It’s low for 4 hours. You can set on high for 2 hours, but I like the low version to avoid burning. 🙂 I fixed the summary part of the recipe that said “high”. Thanks!

  5. Hi,
    this may sound like a silly question but …. would just plain Apricot jam work as well as Apricot Preserves ??
    I would love to make these for Thanksgiving
    Thanks

  6. How long would it take if you use homemade uncooked meatballs?

  7. Can’t wait to try these, hear they are sure good…

  8. Hi my cousin actually made these a while ago and wouldn’t share the recipe. Good thing I found it here! My only question is about the chili, I read that it was sweet. I don’t think I’ve ever seen sweet chili, maybe I’ve never looked for it, but hopefully I can get the name and brand? Anyone?

    • Hi Eleanor,
      That’s funny! Glad you found the recipe. 🙂 You can find the chili sauce with other condiments like ketchup, barbecue sauce, etc. Heinz is the most known brand, but some stores also sell their own generic brand. Hope this helps!

  9. How do you think this would be with peach preserves instead of apricot?

  10. How do you think this would be with peach preserves instead of apricot? Thanks!

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