Grape Jelly Sweet & Sour Meatballs

"A simple version of a comfort food classic. From the website, 'Feed Me Bubbe'."
Grape Jelly Sweet & Sour Meatballs created by Baby Kato
Ready In:
20-24 meatballs


  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 12 cup soft breadcrumbs
  • 14 cup onion, finely diced
  • 1 egg, lightly beaten
  • 1 garlic clove, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons water
  • salt and pepper
  • 23 cup grape jelly
  • 23 cup chili sauce (or combine 1/2 cup ketchup with hot pepper sauce to your taste.)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil


  • Mix ground beef very well with first seven ingredients.
  • Roll meat mixture into about 20 - 24 meatballs, until all of the mixture is used up.
  • Brown meat balls in frying pan with vegetable oil.
  • Turn down the heat to.
  • low, and cover for five to seven minutes.
  • Remove meatballs to a plate and drain off the grease.
  • Add jelly and chili sauce mixture to the pan, letting the jelly melt, and the sauce thicken.
  • Add the meatballs back into the pan, spooning sauce over the meatballs, and simmer for another five minutes or so.

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  1. Sapphyre
    Just made this today and it was amazing!! The hubby used to love when his mom made them. His sisters would try but it wasn't great. Well, tonight he said they were better than his mom's! Not too sweet. So happy i found him a comfort food being both his parents are gone. And so easy to make!!
  2. Meghan at
    This recipe is a keeper, for sure. I may try baking them next time, just because frying really isn't our thing, but they were delicious. Thank you!
  3. True Texas
    Hubby and I both really liked these meatballs. I can never really get very many comments from him on all the different dishes I make, but he did say these are good. They really have an unusual flavor, not too sweet and not too spicy. Easy too.
  4. Baby Kato
    Grape Jelly Sweet & Sour Meatballs Created by Baby Kato
  5. Baby Kato
    Kirby these meatballs were delicious. We really enjoyed the beautiful flavor that the grape jelly imparted to the dish. I used Welchs grape jam, a chunky sweet chili sauce and added some hot Habanero sauce to it also for a little heat. What a lovely treat this was. The meatballs were perfectly cooked, tender and juicy and the tasty glaze covered the meatballs beautifully. This is a dish that I will make again and again...I served mine over steamed coconut rice...Thanks so much for sharing a new family favourite. Kudos....bk



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