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BBQ Meatballs (Crock Pot Recipe!)


Crockpot BBQ Meatballs are tangy, spicy, and a little smoky. This easy appetizer comes together quickly, slow cooks in a yummy sauce, and is a crowd pleaser that will disappear just as fast!

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Slow Cooker Barbecue Meatballs

BBQ Meatballs are the answer to any get together when it’s too hot to cook. Bust out the crock pot and slow cook party meatballs during the day, add a salad, and serve with 

Using a smoky, semi-homemade BBQ sauce and frozen homemade meatballs, you’ll wonder how you ever had a party without these!

How often do you use your crockpot, slow cooker, or instant pot? I love to use my crockpot at least once or twice a week! It’s easy to use and doesn’t heat up the house like the oven does.

Plus it makes juicy meatballs. I pull it out every time I am making party appetizers and this is great recipe for your next get together.

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Steakhouse bbq sauce in a bowl

Ingredients Needed

Meatballs – For this recipe, they need to be fully cooked and frozen or at least chilled. This recipe is not for cooking meatballs from the raw state!

If the meatballs are room temperature they might not hold their shape while cooking. Especially if made from scratch.

frozen meatballs in a crock pot

How to make the best BBQ Meatballs

First: Make the barbecue sauce by mixing together the water, ketchup, liquid smoke, molasses, and steak seasoning.

Second: Place meatballs in the crockpot.

Third: Pour the sauce over the meatballs and stir to coat evenly.

Fourth: Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for up to 5 hours. Enjoy warm.

For the full recipe and detailed instructions, please refer to the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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crockpot full of meatballs

Can you add frozen meatballs to a crockpot?

Yes you can! Just be sure that the meatballs have been cooked previously. You don’t have to thaw the meatballs before adding them to the slow cooker.

How long can you cook meatballs in the crockpot?

The most I would cook these is 3 hours on high or 5 hours on low. After that, the sauce will start to over thicken.

meatballs on a plate

Tapas Tips & Tricks

  • You can use my steak seasoning which pairs well with these sauce but if you want more bbq flavor try my BBQ rub!
  • Switch out the beef for ground chicken or ground turkey meatballs. This recipe works with any type of meatball.
  • Make sure you give them a stir every hour to make sure the meatballs get evenly heated and let the sauce get all warm and yummy.
  • Be sure to cook until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Serve with toothpicks or forks if you like.
  • Use a crockpot liner for easier clean up!
  • Store any leftover meatballs in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.
  • Save the leftovers and make meatball sliders the next day.
  • Cooking time will vary based on high or low cooking temperatures. Keep them warm when serving.

What a great vision to have when the weather turns cold and you are dreaming of summer days again.

Looking for other crockpot appetizers to take to a party you’ve been invited to? How about a quick appetizer you can make ahead of time for a get-together that you are hosting and are already stressed to the max? Check out these recipes to fit your special occasion!

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This slow cooker bbq meatballs recipe is a classic party appetizer that is perfect for any get together. Add this to your game day menu and you will be host with the most.

What to serve with BBQ Meatballs

The only limit is your imagination when it comes to cocktail meatball recipes. Check out this list!

  1. Grape Jelly Meatballs
  2. Teriyaki Meatballs
  3. Sweet & Sour Meatballs
  4. BBQ Little Smokies
  5. Honey Mustard Meatballs

To see the rest of the list of 40+ Best Meatball Appetizers check out this post.

collage of party meatballs

Looking to make these a full meal? Check out What to Serve with Meatballs for delicious side dish ideas.

crockpot full of meatballs

Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs

Yield: Serves 20
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes

Tangy, spicy, and a little smoky, these Steakhouse BBQ Meatballs come together quickly and will disappear just as fast! A great party has a meatball appetizer!

Ingredients

Steakhouse BBQ Sauce

Meatballs

Instructions

  1. Mix together the ingredients for the Steakhouse BBQ Sauce.
  2. Place meatballs in the crockpot.
  3. Cover with sauce.
  4. Stir to coat evenly.
  5. Cook on high for 2-3 hours or on low for up to 5 hours.
  6. Enjoy!

Notes

  • You can use my steak seasoning which pairs well with these sauce but if you want more bbq flavor try my BBQ rub!
  • Switch out the beef for ground chicken or ground turkey meatballs. This recipe works with any type of meatball.
  • Make sure you give them a stir every hour to make sure the meatballs get evenly heated and let the sauce get all warm and yummy.
  • Be sure to cook until the meatballs reach an internal temperature of 165F.
  • Serve with toothpicks or forks if you like.
  • Use a crockpot liner for easier clean up!
  • Store any leftover meatballs in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or in the oven.
  • Save the leftovers and make meatball sliders the next day.
  • Cooking time will vary based on high or low cooking temperatures. Keep them warm when serving.
  • Nutrition Information:
    Yield: 20 Serving Size: 1
    Amount Per Serving: Calories: 148Total Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 26mgSodium: 573mgCarbohydrates: 13gFiber: 1gSugar: 9gProtein: 6g

    This nutrition information was generated via a third party, Nutritionix, and can not be held liable for any discrepancies in the information provided.

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    Lonna

    Tuesday 29th of December 2020

    What do you use for the All Purpose Steakhouse Seasoning?

    Jennifer

    Wednesday 30th of December 2020

    I make my own. Here is the link to the recipe https://www.taketwotapas.com/all-purpose-steak-seasoning-blend/ or you can use any steak seasoning that you have on hand.

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    Friday 5th of June 2020

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    Andrea

    Thursday 16th of January 2020

    If I do not want to make the home made all purpose seasoning, do you recommend one to use in this sauce? I was thinking of making these for a potluck.

    Phoebe

    Friday 23rd of July 2021

    @Jennifer, this I the best seasoning, and I have tried them all!

    Jennifer

    Thursday 16th of January 2020

    If you have any Montreal steak seasoning at home that would work. If not, then any chicken rub will work ok too.

    Nicole

    Tuesday 29th of October 2019

    Can you use this recipe for lil weenies too? I have a potluck coming up for Halloween.

    Jennifer

    Thursday 31st of October 2019

    Asbolutely!

    michele

    Tuesday 10th of September 2019

    These were the hit of our football party... the only issue I had was I should have tripled the recipe! They were gone in no time!

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