1. I have made this recipe so many times for my family and it is a huge hit in our house. It is one of my favorite recipes for the slow cooker. The sauce is amazing!! It’s the perfect blend of sweet and spicy and I love that it has cranberry sauce in it. I always have a can sitting in the cupboard left over from turkey dinner and never knew what to do with it. Thank you so much for sharing this delicious recipe!!

    • I love hearing how much you love this recipe Julia, thank you! You have me craving these meatballs for breakfast 🙂

  2. My mother made these for my 10 y/o son tonight (but w ground chicken) & he loved them so much, he ate about 15 of them (!!!) then got up, hugged her & said thanks for dinner Nani & asked me to make them for him lol Needless to say, that has landed me here. I’ll be making these soon! Thx for the recipe!! It’s not often my son loves something so much!

    • I love this – what a fabulous visual of your son hugging your mom! What a sweet, appreciative son – you must be a great mom! I am so happy they were such a hit and a new fav for a 10 year old! Thanks Audra for taking the time to bring a smile to my face!

  3. Hi!! I am a cooking teacher in Texas and want to do this my high school students. I have tons of leftover cans of jellied Cranberry sauce from a prior event that needs to be used. Will jellied cranberry sauce work in this recipe instead of whole?

    • Yes, I think that should work just fine! Enjoy!

  4. I”m really excited to try these! I’m prepping for thanksgiving and thought I’d make the meatballs ahead of time and freeze them. How long should I cook the meatball in the oven @ 400?

    • Hi Meg, for fully baked meatballs, bake them for around 20 minutes then check for doneness. Enjoy!

  5. Do you think I could defrost a bag of Trader Joe’s meatballs and throw them in the crockpot with the sauce ingredients still on low for 2 hours?

  6. Just stumbled on to this recipe and I would like to take them to a NYE party. Are these by any chance gluten free? My hostess is, and I’m hoping she’ll be able to enjoy them with the rest of us. Thank you!

    • Hi Anna, they are not gluten free. You would need to find a gluten free meatball recipe to use and a gluten free hoisin sauce. Hope that helps!

  7. Hello ,
    I want to try it with Sweet Mango Habanero Sauce I have made . I am just wondering how much of the sauce should I put in with the meatballs?

    • Hi Joy, sorry for getting to you so late as it was during the crazy season! I hope your meatballs turned out delicious!

  8. I substituted 2 tbsp of the hot wing sauce with 2tbsp of the Sambal Oelek chili paste, and the saltine crackers with 2/3c of traditional bread crumbs (because that was what I had in my pantry and I didn’t want to make a trip to the grocery store), and the meatballs turned out perfect! The meatballs and the sauce went really well with mashed potatoes and some roasted carrots/broccoli for dinner. Definitely will make this again!

    • I’m so glad it worked out for you Alex! Sometimes we just have to work with what we’ve got and it still sounds so delicious! Hope you continue enjoying it 🙂

  9. My mother made these a few days ahead as a contribution to a family party we had tonight, froze and dropped them off. I thawed and popped them in a few hours before and they were the hit of the night! So so good. Had to post because my mother and I make your recipes all the time and we are the hit of all our family get togethers! We made sure to give you all the credit!! Thanks from fans in Northern VA!!

    • Thanks so much for your awesome comment Amy! I love hearing you and your mom love my recipes! What a great idea o make and freeze these meatballs in advance – I’m so pleased they were a hit! Happy New Year!

  10. Thanks for the post from Anna. I was calculating how to make this gluten free as I have Celiac disease. But it’s something I’ve had to do for over 2 years now. I love your recipes and I love that you are in Carlsbad, one of me favorite places in California. (I live in North Carolina!) Also Kiwi is adorable!!

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