spooning cranberry bbq meatballs from a crockpot

Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are a crowd-pleasing holiday appetizer, perfect for Thanksgiving, Christmas, New Year’s Eve or even football parties! Or serve them over rice or mashed potatoes for an easy dinner.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 people
Calories 211kcal
Author Nora


  • 1 cup cranberry-apple juice I used unsweetened
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1-2 teaspoons cornstarch if you prefer a thick sauce
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 pound bite-sized fully cooked meatballs browned if freshly homemade, no need to defrost if frozen


  • Add juice, BBQ sauce, cornstarch (if using) and Worcestershire sauce to a 3-4 quart crockpot. Whisk well. Add the meatballs and stir to coat.
  • Cook on LOW for 3-4 hours, or until the meatballs are piping hot all the way through the middle, and the sauce is bubbly. If the sauce isn't thick enough / you want it more glaze-y, remove the lid and cook for another 15 minutes uncovered.


Recipe serves 6-8 as an appetizer, or 3-4 as a main. Double or triple to easily feed a crowd - just use a bigger slow cooker!


Calories: 211kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 40mg | Sodium: 323mg | Potassium: 268mg | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 60IU | Vitamin C: 1.1mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 0.8mg