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Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs
4.88 from 39 votes

Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs

Sweet and Tangy Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs are a fun and tasty protein-packed appetizer! Made with frozen meatballs, this dump and cook recipe is as easy (and delicious) as it gets! 
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 5 mins
Servings: 84 mini meatballs
Calories: 50kcal


  • 2 cups fresh cranberry sauce homemade or store bought
  • ¼ cup hoisin sauce
  • ¼ cup ketchup
  • 3.5 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 3 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2.5 tablespoon hot sauce I used Frank's RedHot **
  • 5 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon cayenne optional
  • 1 cup fresh cranberries
  • 40 oz frozen party meatballs
  • Fresh chopped parsley to garnish


  • Make the sauce. In a medium mixing bowl whisk together the cranberry sauce, hoisin sauce, ketchup, red wine vinegar, soy sauce, brown sugar, hot sauce, minced garlic, ground ginger, and cayenne (if using). Mix until fully combined and add fresh cranberries. Set aside.
  • Add everything to the slow cooker. Add the frozen meatballs to the bowl of a 6-7 quart slow cooker. Pour in the cranberry sauce and stir well to combine.
  • Cook. Turn on the slow cooker and cook on high for 2 hours or on low for 3-4 hours, or until the sauce is bubbly and the meatballs are heated through.
  • Keep warm and serve. Once fully cooked, place your slow cooker on the warm setting until ready to serve. Serve garnished with fresh chopped parsley, if desired.


  • I did not feel that these meatballs were spicy...at all. My son, however, did. So, if you're super sensitive to spicy foods, or you're making these for a big group of people, maybe start with 1 tablespoon of hot sauce, or hold off and add it at the end :)
  • Pro tip- make your own cranberry sauce! It's super easy and tastes like a million bucks.


Calories: 50kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 2g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 0mg | Sodium: 56mg | Potassium: 9mg | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 15IU | Vitamin C: 0.7mg | Calcium: 1mg | Iron: 0.1mg
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