Cocktail Meatballs 3 Ways

Cocktail Meatballs 3 Ways

Cocktail Meatballs are something that’s perfect for entertaining.  They are easy to make, have few ingredients, and they are a great appetizer to put in a slow cooker.  There is no chopping or extra dirty dishes.  You can tailor it to your guests’ tastes.  You can eat it with a toothpick.  It’s also high protein and low carb, which I think is a good option for a party since there are usually tons of chips and dip items.  Those are great, but a little protein can make you feel more satisfied when you’re eating finger foods as a meal.

The meatballs recipes are really just ratios, and you can make sweet ones like the Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs I made for Ben’s party.  Or you can go the other way and make Spicy Cranberry Meatballs.

The ratio is about 1 cup of sauce per pound of meatballs.  And you can use turkey, beef, or pork.  I always use turkey because it’s a little bit lighter.  You can make your own meatballs, but I happen to love Wellsley Farms brand turkey meatballs from BJ’s.

Here are some ratios:

  • So for the Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs, it’s ½ cup crushed pineapple and ½ cup barbecue sauce per pound of meatballs.
  • And for the Spicy Cranberry Meatballs, it’s ½ cup canned cranberry sauce and ½ cup Red Hot sauce, plus 2 tablespoons of sriracha sauce per pound of meatballs.
  • For Honey Ginger Meatballs, it’s ½ cup honey and ½ cup soy sauce, 1.5 teaspoons of granulated ginger, and 1.5 teaspoons of granulated garlic per pound of meatballs.

Here is the Method.  You’ll memorize it quickly and never need a recipe again. The combinations are only limited by your imagination.

  1. Add frozen meatballs to a slow cooker.
  2. Add the sauce on top.
  3. Cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3-4 hours, stirring every hour.
  4. After everything has come together, turn the slow cooker down to “keep warm” until you’re done for the night.

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