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    4 hrs 5 mins

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    Julesong's Note:

    ...or Grapeballs or Those Meatball Things You Make! There are a lot of copies of this old favorite out there, and here's my version. It has a few more ingredients than the usual, but they make these tasty tidbits even more incredibly delicious!

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    • 1 (14 ounce) jar chili sauce (like Heinz)
    • 1 (15 ounce) can tomato sauce
    • 1 (32 ounce) jar grape jelly
    • 1 (7 ounce) can chopped mild green chilies ((4 ounce can can be used too, but I like 7))
    • 3 tablespoons dried onion flakes
    • 1 tablespoon garlic powder
    • 1 teaspoon of your favorite curry powder, to taste
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon dried chipotle powder, to taste (optional)
    • 2 lbs pre-cooked frozen meatballs (I prefer the ones from Ikea)


    1. 1
      Put all the ingredients but meatballs into the crockpot and mix well.
    2. 2
      Add the meatballs and stir to coat well.
    3. 3
      Put the crockpot on low and let cook for 4 hours on low (if you use thawed meatballs, it'll only take a couple of hours in the crockpot, instead).
    4. 4
      Serve, standing back so you don't get trampled by the rush of the crowd.
    5. 5
      Note: We've tried other preserves and jam than grape jelly, but the sauce simply didn't taste as good; we're sticking with plain, old grape jelly from now on and will be happy with it. Also, you can use Lil Smokies or sliced smoked sausage instead of the meatballs - a lot of folks use the same sauce for either and both ways are tasty! :)
    6. 6
      Note 2: the above makes a lot of sauce, a good deal of which will be left over when the meatballs have been eaten. I've found that having a *lot* of sauce is of real benefit when making meatballs in the crockpot - the meat remains nice and moist.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on December 28, 2010


      I make these every St. Patrick's Day. They're not very Irish BUT, everyone loves them and they only last a few minutes once they're ready. Everyone always asks me for the recipe. I always send them to this site! Thanks for sharing such an easy and delicious recipe.

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    • on December 27, 2010


      These were really good. Love the added pep of the peppers & chiles, but I left out the can of tomato sauce, it was really SO much sauce that I felt it was silly to add anything else to it. Maybe next time I will try a few tablespoons of tomato paste if I have it on hand.

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    • on December 14, 2010


      What a delicious and easy recipe! This dish will be served again this year for our Christmas brunch for the family. It's a hit with everyone, young and not so young.

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    Nutritional Facts for Sweet and Sour Jelly Meatballs AKA Jelly Meatballs

    Serving Size: 1 (1951 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 1

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 303.5
    Calories from Fat 2
    Total Fat 0.3 g
    Saturated Fat 0.0 g
    Cholesterol 0.0 mg
    Sodium 1020.3 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 75.9 g
    Dietary Fiber 4.4 g
    Sugars 53.1 g
    Protein 2.2 g

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