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BBQ Meatballs {Crock Pot Recipe!}

BBQ Meatballs {Crock Pot Recipe!}

Steakhouse BBQ Meatballs are TANGY, SPICY, and a little SMOKY!

This meatball appetizer comes together quickly, slow cooks in a yummy sauce, and will disappear just as fast!

close up of meatballs on a plate with a bamboo fork

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Crockpot BBQ Meatballs

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

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.

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Steakhouse bbq sauce in a bowl

Ingredients for BBQ Meatballs

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 slow cooker BBQ meatballs

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

STEP TWO: Place meatballs in the crockpot.

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

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

crockpot full of meatballs

Can you add the meatballs to the crock pot while frozen?

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 the 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.

Can I keep the leftover sauce for something else?

You certainly can! This sauce is amazing and is great on chicken too. Just be sure to store it properly and to reheat fully before eating.

meatballs on a plate

Tips for Crockpot appetizer meatballs

  • You can use my steak seasoning which pairs well with these sauce but if you want more bbq flavor try my BBQ rub!
  • 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.
  • Serve with toothpicks or forks if you like.
  • Use a crockpot liner for easier clean up!
  • Cooking time with vary based on high or low cooking temperatures. Keep them on 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!

meatballs with text "how to make steakhouse bbq party meatballs"

What can you serve with BBQ meatballs?

Other great cocktail meatballs recipes to try!

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crockpot full of meatballs

Steakhouse BBQ Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

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!


Steakhouse BBQ Sauce



  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!


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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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Tuesday 29th of December 2020

What do you use for the All Purpose Steakhouse Seasoning?


Wednesday 30th of December 2020

I make my own. Here is the link to the recipe 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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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.


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.


Tuesday 29th of October 2019

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


Thursday 31st of October 2019



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!