Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs are the perfect party meatball for Christmas Eve or New Years Eve or any Eve that everyone will love AND so easy, moist and seeping with flavor from the slow cooker and INCREDIBLE sauce!
So I can’t believe its taken me this long to post a meatball recipe. I mean, I love meatballs. They were my requested dinner for my mom to make for every single one of my birthday growing up so I’m glad I finally got my act together with Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs just in time for Christmas Eve and New Years Eve because these meatballs are the perfect make ahead appetizer that everyone will be begging you for this Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs recipe, just like I used to beg my mom to make her famous meatballs growing up.
For the meatball itself, I used my mom’s perfect moist meatball recipe that uses crushed saltines instead of breadcrumbs, dry minced onion, ginger and garlic powder for meatballs oozing with flavor.
I then concocted this tantalizing sweet and spicy cranberry sauce inspired by my blackberry hoisin ginger pork tenderloin sauce. Its sweet from the cranberry sauce and brown sugar, tangy from the ketchup, complex from the hoisin, grounded by the soy, and spicy from the Buffalo Hot Wings Sauce. Basically, its crazy delicious.
The sweet and spicy deliciousness gets poured over lightly browned meatballs in the slow cooker…
And simmers away for about 2 hours as the meatballs cook and seep in the zesty, sweet, tangy, savory, spicy sauce.
Not only are the meatballs and sauce lip smacking good, they can be prepared before your company and stay warm in the slow cooker until its go time, perfect for a stress free company/holiday appetizer. Just be sure to sneak in a few meatballs before the company arrive because when its go time, there is no stopping until they are going, going….gone.
Leaving behind nothing but satisfied bellies, smiling faces and thankful hearts for your Sweet and Spicy Cranberry Meatballs.
Looking for more Meatball Recipes?
- Honey Buffalo Meatballs
- Italian Meatballs
- Cranberry Meatballs
- Korean Meatballs
- Parmesan Meatballs
- Swedish Meatballs
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(also uses Frank’s Hot Wings Sauce)