31 Reviews

Wonderful meatballs! I particularly loved the flavor the preserves and barbecue sauce gave the meatballs. In fact, I made another bath to freeze for later use. Thank you so much for sharing this awesome dish!! :-)

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Merlot December 18, 2002

I first had this wonderful recipe with Moxie for Halloween, and just new I had to make it myself. I used Smuckers Apricot Preserves and Tony Roma's Blue Ridge Smokies BBQ sauce. FABULOUS! I did add 3 cloves of garlic to the meat and used ground turkey instead of beef. I ended up with about 23 meatballs, so lunch will be great tomorrow! This is a keeper. Very simple to make and will definitely be a recipe used frequently in this house.

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Kerr(ie)bear November 16, 2003

What a surprising and delicious combination of flavors! I made these for Halloween night, and they were devoured by grownups and picky kids alike. I used Smucker's "just fruit" preserves and KC Masterpiece BBQ sauce, and made meatballs about the size of a golf ball, so I had about 30 meatballs. Thanks for sharing this easy and delicious recipe.

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moxie October 31, 2003

These are finger lickin' good! And I had to shoo DH away from the kitchen as the aroma kept drawing him in to ask, "how much longer until we can eat them?" I made 1/2 recipe of meatballs (got 24 of them) and a whole recipe of sauce. It was perfect. I used Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce. Thanks for a great recipe.

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Ducky March 21, 2004

A definite winner! I made these for my Sex and the City farewell and they were loved by all. I left out the onions (as I'm sure you knew I would) and followed Kari's advice and browned them then let them slow cook in the crockpot. Thanks so much for posting this great party recipe!!

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Mermaid February 23, 2004

Sly, I made these little babies for our superbowl party but I did cheat a bit. I mixed and browned the meatballs the night before. The morning of the game I doubled the sauce but used 10 oz apricot preserves and 10 oz peach preserves since that was all I had. I then threw everything in my crockpot on low. They were fabulous! Everyone was grunting and groaning while they were eating them. (Well, everyone except Dan but you know how he is *wink*) These are my new favorite party food!

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Malriah February 06, 2004

I made these for 3 holiday parties and have a request for them to be brought to a combination birthday/ superbowl party. I changed the recipe slightly for my convience. I browned the meatballs in the oven, heated the bbq sauce and preserves on the stove top, then combined them in a crockpot to keep them heated during the parties. I'll keep this recipe at the top of my take to party list!

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JoSyrNY January 20, 2004

I like the flavor of these. It reminds me of "grape jelly" meatballs but with a lighter flavor and not quite as sweet. I cooked my meatballs on the stovetop then kept them in the sauce in my crockpot on low. Really great recipe! Thanks!

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Sue Lau December 01, 2003

Made these for my 4yr olds' birthday party for the adults. Not only did the adults enjoy them but my son REFUSED to eat his birthday cake because he wanted seconds on the meatballs first. I have a picture of him holding meatballs on toothpicks with a look of euphoria on his face while his cupcake sits in front of him untouched. Funny. Anywho, we used already prepared frozen meatballs and put them in the crockpot. Came out very yummy. Thanks for sharing.

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The Amaze-Ing Me July 31, 2011

Delicious! Took to a luncheon for a bunch of women and got rave reviews. Used ingredients exactly as written, but baked the meatballs at 350 for about 15 minutes, then added to crockpot with sauce and cooked on low for four hours. Refrigerated overnight and then reheated in crockpot before the luncheon. Thank you for a yummy recipe!

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sybrsuzy December 13, 2009
Manhattan Meatballs