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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipes

These sweet and sour meatballs are great for dinner or as an appetizer for any get together.

This is absolutely the easiest recipe for sweet and sour meatballs that you will find and my personal favorite. It comes from my friend Gail who made it for a pot-luck party I gave. Everyone loved them!

The ingredients sound odd but baked together with the meatballs it is fabulous. Who would think you could make a sauce for meatballs out of grape jelly?? Well you can and it’s fabulous.

Give this one a try the next time you are looking for an easy party recipe.

These tasty grape jelly meatballs can be made the day ahead and reheated when you need them.

The meatballs are really easy to make. However, using the small pre made frozen meatballs makes life even easier! Protein foods at their easiest.

These meatballs are great on a buffet table too, or as part of an easy pot luck dinner.

The jelly and chili sauce recipe says that you can use cocktail sausages too, or cut up wieners. I prefer just the meatballs, but try it with both if you prefer.

Crockpot variation – This recipe can be cooked in a crockpot. The meatballs should be browned first to prevent them from clumping together. Then put them in the crockpot with the sauce for about 5 or 6 hours on low.

sweet and sour meatballs

Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipes

The ingredients sound odd but these sweet and sour meatballs are fabulous. Give this one a try the next time you are looking for an easy party recipe.
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Course Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine American
Servings 12 Servings
Calories 384 kcal


  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 cups dry bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 2 eggs, beaten
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 10 ounces chili sauce, the recipe specifies Heinz
  • 10 ounces grape jelly, the recipe specifies Kraft


  • Combine the chili sauce and grape jelly in a saucepan and melt. Add the meatballs and simmer for 1/2 hour with the lid on and then 1/2 hour with the lid off.
  • Note: I find that if I cook the meatballs longer with the lid off, the sauce becomes thick and sticky, great for a party appetizer recipe.


Calories: 384kcalCarbohydrates: 36gProtein: 18gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 83mgSodium: 726mgPotassium: 392mgFiber: 3gSugar: 16gVitamin A: 238IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 85mgIron: 2mg
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1 thought on “Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipes”

  1. Have one similar

    Originally submitted by Kim from Red Deer, Alberta, Canada

    I make one similar to this one, it calls for 10oz ketchup and 8oz of jam or jelly, i have even used the no sugar jam. Add about a heaping TBSP of curry, mix, add to meatballs, i bake mine in the oven. Have never heard of any other recipe similar to it. Sounds like they might taste the same, will have to try -thanks


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