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Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooker) are the perfect party meatball for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve or any Eve that everyone will love and so easy, tender and seeping with flavor from the slow cooker and INCREDIBLE sauce!
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 25minutes
    Cook Time
    2hours
    Servings Prep Time
    6-8 25minutes
    Cook Time
    2hours
    Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs (Slow Cooker)
    Ingredients
    Meatballs
    • 2pounds lean ground beef
    • 22 saltine crackers, crushed
    • 1/3cup dry minced onion
    • 2 eggs, beaten
    • 1/2cup milk
    • 2teaspoons ground ginger
    • 2teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1teaspoon salt
    • 1/4teaspoon pepper
    Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce
    • 114 oz. can whole cranberry sauce
    • 1/4cup quality hoisin sauce (like Kikkoman or Lee Kum Kee)
    • 1/4cup ketchup
    • 2tablespoons red wine vinegar
    • 2tablespoons soy sauce
    • 2tablespoons brown sugar
    • 2tablespoons Franks Buffalo Hot WINGS Sauce, or more to taste
    • 1teaspoon garlic powder
    • 1/2teaspoon ground ginger
    Instructions
    1. Preheat oven to 400F degrees. Place a baking rack on top of a baking sheet. Set aside. (If you don’t have a baking rack, line baking sheet with parchment paper.)
    2. In a large bowl, combine all of the meatball ingredients, mix until well combined. Roll meat mixture into desired meatball size**. Place meatballs onto prepared baking sheet and bake for 5 minutes, or until lightly browned.
    3. Meanwhile, add all of the Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce ingredients starting with just 2 teaspoons hot wings sauce to a bowl and mix to combine. You can add more hot sauce to taste at the end of cooking.
    4. Line the bottom of your slow cooker with meatballs, then a layer of Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Sauce, then the remaining meatballs followed by the remaining. Sauce. Gently stir meatballs an hour after cooking.
    5. Cover and cook on low heat for 2 hours. Taste and stir in additional hot wings sauce (I use a total of 2 tablespoons which is spicy) Keep warm until serving.
    Recipe Notes

    *No other hot sauce will taste as good!!! But if you have to substitute, you may need to use quite a bit more as Franks Hot Wings Sauce (not their regular hot sauce) is quite spicy. SEE BELOW for more recipes using Frank’s Hot WINGS sauce.
    **Makes approximately 70 meatballs using 1″ cookie scoop; 35 meatballs using 2″ cookie scoop

    Prep Ahead Cranberry Meatballs

    • You can assemble and bake/brown your meatballs for 5 minutes, let cool, then gently layer in an airtight container with layers of parchment paper in between the meatballs so they don’t stick together.  Store in the refrigerator until ready to add to your crock pot.
    • Whisk your Cranberry Sauce ingredients together and store in an airtight container in the refrigerator until ready to add to the meatballs.
    • If you use this make ahead method, plan on cooking your Cranberry Meatballs for an extra 30 minutes in the crock pot OR until meatballs are completely cooked through and sauce is hot.
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