Recipe By France C
Published Apr 4th
Prep 5m Cook 15m Additional 5m Ready In 25m
Servings 8 servings Calories 347.1

A twist on the grape jelly cocktail meatballs that everybody loves. This recipe uses apricot preserves, but feel free to use grape, orange marmalade, or even cranberry sauce – they’re all delicious! Try different flavors of barbecue sauce too! These make the perfect party appetizer, especially when you’re low on time!

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 (12 ounce) jar apricot preserves
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle hickory-flavored barbecue sauce
  • ¼ cup water
  • ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 24 ounces frozen cocktail-size meatballs

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Turn on a multi-functional pressure cooker (such as Instant Pot®) and select Saute function. Add apricot preserves, barbecue sauce, water, and crushed red pepper and whisk together. Add meatballs and stir to coat.
  2. 2 Close and lock the lid; turn venting knob to sealing. Select high pressure according to manufacturer's instructions; set timer for 5 minutes. Allow 10 to 15 minutes for pressure to build.
  3. 3 Release pressure carefully using the quick-release method according to manufacturer's instructions, about 5 minutes. Unlock and remove the lid.
  4. 4 Arrange meatballs on a platter with toothpicks and additional crushed red pepper, if desired.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 347.1
  • Carbohydrate 47.7 g
  • Cholesterol 70.7 mg
  • Fat 11.1 g
  • Fiber 0.8 g
  • Protein 14.6 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.9 g
  • Sodium 592 mg
  • Sugar 29.2 g


  1. I used what I had on hand. I used blueberry preserves. I didn’t have any bq sauce so I used chili sauce. This worked out great! Everyone loved it.
  2. Made this exact except for the red pepper. Which sucks, cause I love red pepper. Crazy fast lunch or dinner over some instant mashed potatoes. The sauce makes a good gravy.
  3. These were really good easy to make and went over well. I have made them twice. The only variation in recipe I made was not to use the pepper flakes. I felt my sauce was spicy enough. The first time I made these I otherwise followed the recipe exactly. I found there was a little - Read more ...
  4. Grape is still awesome used orange and was the best!l? never any left overs.
  5. My son made this for Easter 2019...Easy and delicious! If you are in the need of a quick appetizer this fits perfectly. I used peach jam...mmmm mmm good!
  6. These are delicious. I used homemade Chicken Sriracha meatballs that I froze the night before. I also used homemade bbq sauce. The method worked perfectly. These went beautifully with steamed rice.
  7. Yes I will make it again and I didn't change anything. Kudos