Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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  • Published Jun 8th
  • Ready In1h 50m
  • Servings12
  • Calories152
These meatballs are slow-cooked in a sweet and sour sauce.

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Ingredients

The following are the ingredients needed to make delicious Sweet and Sour Meatballs for 12 servings:

  • 1 (12 fluid ounce) can or bottle chile sauce
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 9 ounces grape jelly
  • 1 pound lean ground beef
  • 1 egg, beaten
  • 1 large onion, grated
  • salt to taste

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Cooking Instructions

  • Prep20m
  • Cook1h 30m
  • Ready In1h 50m

To cook Sweet and Sour Meatballs, you need about 20 minutes of preparation time. The time needed to cook this Sweet and Sour Meatballs is about 1 hour 30 minutes , and you can serve your Sweet and Sour Meatballs within 1 hour 50 minutes . The following are the steps to cook Sweet and Sour Meatballs easily:

  1. 1 Whisk together the chili sauce, lemon juice and grape jelly. Pour into slow cooker and simmer over low heat until warm.
  2. 2 Combine ground beef, egg, onion and salt. Mix well and form into 1 inch balls. Add to sauce and simmer for 1 1/2 hours.


  • Easy Cleanup
  • Try using a liner in your slow cooker for easier cleanup.

Nutrition Facts

Per Serving: 152 calories; 5.6 grams of fat; 17.4 grams of carbohydrates; 8.3 grams of protein; 38 milligrams of cholesterol; 22 milligrams of sodium.

  1. Nov 28th 2012

    I only rated this 3 stars because not cooking the meatballs first made for a greasy mess. The sauce is very good, but I would seriously advise you cook the meatballs first, and drain them w ...

  2. Feb 11th 2012

    DELICIOUS Made 2 1/2 lbs today, cooked meatballs with egg and bread crumbs. I added a small can of crush pineapples, can of cranberry sauce, 6 ounces each of chile and grape jelly. Meatbal ...

  3. Dec 26th 2007

    Easy and delicious! Took minutes to put ingredients together, cooked for 4 hours on low in crockpot. I tripled the recipe, used about 3 pounds of frozen 1/2 ounce meatballs. Believe it or ...

  4. May 9th 2006

    Warning: These meatballs are addictive! I made these for a Christmas party at work last year, to which a co-worker said, "You should call these Really *bleep* Good Meatballs!" He even asked ...

  5. Feb 27th 2005

    I prefer to make my meatballs with half ground beef and half pork sausage. It adds to the flavor, but you have to brown and drain before cooking them in the sauce. I also added some dijon ...

  6. Dec 18th 2002

    I too cheated and used frozen meatballs. They are good and a great time saver. This sauce is really good and soooo easy to put together and throw in a crock pot.

  7. Nov 12th 2002

    This is a huge hit in our home, especially around Super Bowl time. My girlfriend gave me this recipe before looking here online. Instead of using the lemon juice, I use 1 cup of pineapple ju ...

  8. May 13th 2002

    Okay, I cheated. I used a box of frozen fully cooked meatballs. However, that sauce is to die for! A really nice change from our standard sweet&sour bottled sauce. I put the frozen m ...

  9. Jul 2nd 2000

    The chili sauce in this recipe adds an extra "kick" that you usually don't find in traditional meatball recipes. They are a sure crowd-pleaser.