Grape Jelly Meatballs

40 Meatballs
12 min

Looking for a delicious meatball recipe you can serve as an appetizer or a snack?

Make these Grape Jelly Meatballs in an instant pot for a quick party appetizer.

This 3 ingredient cocktail meatballs appetizer recipe is so easy to make!

They are perfect to serve along with this Cheesy Pull Apart French Bread.

And you can get these meatballs started, then move on to other things – the 5 minute prep is a bonus! Let them cook until ready and then serve them warm.

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  • frozen meatballs
  • grape jelly
  • barbecue sauce

Instructions for Grape Jelly Meatballs

Defrost your meatballs before cooking. Once thawed, add the meatballs to the instant pot.

In a medium size bowl, mix together the grape jelly and barbecue sauce. Stir together well. Add to the instant pot and stir again, covering the meatballs in the sauce.

Place the lid onto the instant pot. Set the valve to sealed position. Press pressure cook or manual button and set timer to 7 minutes. Once the instant pot stops counting and beeps release the pressure.

After the pressure is released, remove the meatballs from the instant pot and place on a serving platter.

Serve with bamboo cocktail forks and enjoy!

If you want more sauce for this meatballs recipe, just add more grape jelly and bbq sauce in equal amounts!

Recipe details
  • 40  Meatballs
  • Prep time: 5 Minutes Cook time: 7 Minutes Total time: 12 min
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  • 1 1/2 pounds frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 cup barbeque sauce

Defrost the meatballs and add them to the instant pot.
In a bowl, mix the grape jelly and barbecue sauce well.
Add to the instant pot and coat meatballs well. Stir everything until mixed well.
Cook in instant pot for 7 minutes. Serve while warm.
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  • Carol Carol on Jan 07, 2022

    We used to make this back in the late ‘60s early 70’s minus the instant pot. What goes around comes around!

  • MaMum White MaMum White on Jan 15, 2022

    Have made these for years!!!

    No need to defrost if using big pot on stove or crockpot.

    We make one of EACH for get togethers.

    One only-grape. One only BBQ

    Satisfies BOTH tastes.

    • Nanfree Nanfree on Jan 17, 2022

      How long do you cook these in the crockpot and at what setting? I don’t have an insta pot. Thank you!