Recipe By Jody
Published Jun 8th
Ninabell’s Appetizer Meatballs
Prep 10m Cook 1h 5m Additional - Ready In 1h 15m
Servings 20 appetizer servings Calories 237.8

This recipe comes from my mother, who is a fabulous cook. She has made these meatballs for parties and family celebrations for years, and they have become a favourite for potluck buffets. They are so easy and very addictive. Great as an appetizer, or served over cooked rice for a tasty meal.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 3 cups ketchup
  • 1 (16 ounce) jar grape jelly
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 3 pounds frozen cooked meatballs

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 Stir ketchup and grape jelly together in a large saucepan or Dutch oven over medium heat; cook, stirring, until smooth, about 5 minutes. Stir garlic powder, salt, and pepper into ketchup mixture.
  2. 2 Stir meatballs into ketchup mixture; simmer, stirring occasionally, until meatballs are hot and sauce is slightly thickened, about 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 237.8
  • Carbohydrate 28.2 g
  • Cholesterol 56.6 mg
  • Fat 8.8 g
  • Fiber 0.4 g
  • Protein 12.1 g
  • Saturated Fat 3.1 g
  • Sodium 492.8 mg
  • Sugar 21.9 g

Chef's Notes

I always use Heinz(R) Ketchup and Welch's(R) Grape Jelly. The frozen meatballs make it fast and effortless, but your own favourite cooked meatballs work just as well. I usually prepare the recipe the night before, then into the fridge overnight, then into the slow cooker to reheat for the buffet. The flavour really permeates the meatballs this way.


  1. Sooo good! I added barbecue sauce
  2. big hit. followed exact
  3. My husband had 3 servings. The meatballs stayed in the crockpot on low most of New Year's day and my husband and adult sons came in an "noshed". Didn't change anything.
  4. I made these for a pot luck and everyone loved them not a single meatball left! Great recipe that's easy to make and was well received. Thanks for sharing Jody.
  5. I have to give this five stars I made it for a girlfriends get together pot luck every one raved how wonderful it was thank you for sharing!
  6. Made these for my husband as he loves meatballs alot. Serving them tomorrow at Christmas eve dinner..but he already tasted them and loves them. I made my own meatballs as I had meat defrosted and needed to be used. These are so easy quick and really tasty. Thanks Jody!
  7. We loved these! Very easy to make too! I used homemade meatballs b/c that's what we prefer. I will def be making these again YUM! Thanks for sharing.:)