Crockpot meatballs are a simple 4-ingredient recipe that combines basic ingredients you have on hand to make an easy meal that’s tender, juicy and a fan favorite!
Serve them as a meal or as an appetizer for a party – you’ll have everyone asking for more!
In our home we love a good crockpot recipe and these crockpot meatballs do not disappoint as they combine simple ingredients to create a standout awesome dish for your family to enjoy. These meatballs rank right up there with some of our other favorite crockpot meals like our hamburger soup recipe.
I’ve been bringing these meatballs to parties for about 20 years. They’re an easy appetizer to bring (especially when you’re busy) and you can keep the ingredients on hand so you can whip these up in no time.
It never fails, when I bring them I get asked for the recipe. These are always the first appetizer to go!
If you’re looking for an easy dinner recipe that is versatile and delicious then you’re going to want to make crockpot meatballs.
This meatball recipe only takes about 5 minutes of prep, but tastes like you were in the kitchen all day.
CROCKPOT MEATBALL RECIPE
They’re tender and juicy and packed with flavor. With very little mess and clean, up these easy meatballs will be an instant favorite that you’ll want to add to your family meal plan.
You’ll love how easy it is to prep and clean up and your friends and family will love the delicious taste of these tender and juicy meatballs.
INGREDIENTS FOR CROCKPOT MEATBALLS
- Ketchup – Ketchup serves as the base of the meatball sauce. Use any ketchup you have on hand.
- Brown sugar – Brown sugar adds the right amount of sweetness to the ketchup helping cut down on the tomato taste of the ketchup base, turning these crockpot meatballs into a tasty treat.
- Worcestershire – Worcestershire is a great addition to the sauce as it compliments the ketchup and brown sugar nicely. Not only will it do this, but it also helps tenderize the meatballs as they cook.
- Frozen, fully cooked, meatballs – Having frozen and fully cooked meatballs helps this recipe be simple and quick. No need to prep and make your own meatballs just simply grab a bag of frozen fully cooked meatballs. It saves so much time and they taste just like homemade meatballs.
In all the years I’ve been making this meatball recipe, I’ve NEVER been asked if they were frozen meatballs. Save yourself the effort and buy the frozen bag of meatballs. It’s why I love this recipe so much!
INSTRUCTIONS FOR MAKING CROCKPOT MEATBALLS
- Mix together ketchup, brown sugar and Worcestershire in a small mixing bowl and stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.
- Add in your frozen bag of meatballs to the crockpot.
- Pour your ketchup-based mixture on top of the meatballs.
- Stir meatballs to make sure they are all coated in the sauce.
- Turn On the crockpot to low heat and cook for about 6-8 hours.
TIPS AND TRICKS FOR MAKING CROCKPOT MEATBALLS
- If you are wanting to add a bolder flavor to your meatballs feel free to add some spices to help give these meatballs a more spicy flavor.
- Since these meatballs are pre-cooked, there is no need to brown them prior to placing them in the crockpot.
- Spray your crockpot bowl with cooking spray to help keep your meatballs from sticking to the bottom.
SHOULD I THAW THE MEATBALLS PRIOR TO ADDING THEM TO THE CROCKPOT?
There is no need to thaw the meatballs before placing them in your crockpot.
However if you want to cut the time in half you can place your frozen bag of meatballs in the fridge the night before and allow them to thaw in the fridge overnight.
If you do choose to thaw your meatballs overnight just remember to cut your cooking time in half.
SHOULD I BROWN MEATBALLS BEFORE PUTTING ADDING THEM TO THE CROCKPOT?
A common question asked is if you should brown your meatballs first before adding them to your crockpot.
The answer is: it’s really up to you!
You can brown your meatballs in the oven if you choose to and then place them in the slow cooker or you can throw them in frozen.
HOW CAN I SERVE CROCKPOT MEATBALLS
Crockpot meatballs can be served as an appetizer or made into a whole meal!
- Turn them into a meatball sub by serving over a toasted bun and top with mozzarella cheese.
- Just serve as is and add a side of rice or mashed potatoes.
- Use them to top your spaghetti dish to make it more wholesome by adding meatballs to the sauce.
HOW DO I STORE LEFTOVER CROCKPOT MEATBALLS?
These meatballs are so delicious you might not have leftovers, but if you do you will want to store them in an airtight container once they have cooled.
You can keep them in the fridge for up to 4 days or you can freeze them in the freezer for up to 3 months.
HOW TO REHEAT CROCKPOT MEATBALLS?
The best way to reheat crockpot meatballs is in the microwave.
Just place the desired amount in a microwave-safe bowl and cook for 1 minute. Stir add continue cooking in 30 seconds increments until the desired temperature.
If you are want to reheat a larger amount of meatballs at one time the oven would be the perfect way to reheat a large amount. Just heat your oven to 350 degrees and allow the meatballs to bake for about 8-10 minutes.
CAN YOU DOUBLE THIS CROCKPOT MEATBALL RECIPE?
Yes! If you are feeding a larger crowd or want to eat them all week then this recipe is easily doubled. Just make sure your crockpot can handle the amount you are putting in and be sure that you are doubling the sauce as well as the amount of meatballs.
CAN I LEAVE MEATBALLS IN CROCKPOT OVERNIGHT?
It is perfectly safe to cook your meatballs through the night in your crockpot.
To cook your meatballs in the crockpot all night be sure you set the temperature to low to prevent them overcooking. Then, add your meatballs and your sauce and they will be perfect in the morning.
IS IT POSSIBLE TO OVERCOOK MEATBALLS IN THE CROCKPOT?
Yes! Be careful to not overcook them because the meatballs will start to lose their moisture and become tough the more they’re exposed to heat.
- 1 cup ketchup
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1 cup worcestershire
- 32 oz bag frozen, fully cooked, meatballs (about 50 meatballs)
- In small bowl, mix together ketchup, brown sugar and worcestershire until combined.
- Add frozen meatballs to crockpot.
- Pour mixture on top of meatballs. Stir meatballs to coat them in the sauce.
- Turn crockpot on low and cook for 6-8 hours.