Crockpot Meatball Recipe: Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce

crockpot meatball recipe

I have come to love crockpot recipes. Tuesdays and Thursdays are days that I prepare quick, easy meals in my home.  Placing the main course in the crockpot allows me to focus on other things besides dinner throughout the day.


crockpot meatball recipe


Meatballs are a favorite in my house, so my crockpot meatball recipe is a go to.  I’ve been making these meatballs for years and they never fail me.  These meatballs are great for making ahead and freezing too.  Divide and place the meatballs in freezer bags until you’re ready to use them.  I make a large amount to ensure there’s leftovers.  The first day they serve as the main course along with a salad, rice or potatoes.  Leftovers are delicious on crusty rolls with fruit and chips or oven fried potatoes.

They are also great for family gatherings or office potlucks.  Moist, juicy, and bursting with flavor.  Everyone devours them, including kids and kids at heart.  Personally, I can’t stop eating them either.

I like using fresh ground beef with an 85 – 15% lean ratio for this recipe.  Grape jelly (your choice), 2 eggs, Lipton Onion Soup Mix and Sweet Baby Ray’s Hickory and Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce are the ingredients for this creation.  Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce is a staple in my home, but feel free to use your favorite.


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After the ingredients have been mixed and shaped into meatballs, place them in the oven for 10 minutes.  I like for the meatballs to be pre-cooked, so I can drain them and eliminate as much oil as possible before placing them in the crockpot.   

I pair these meatballs with a salad and mashed potatoes most days.  Create meatball subs the next day with the left overs. However, you decide to use them they will be yummy.  Get the ingredients together and start rolling out these tasty treats.  They are delicious!   


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Crockpot Meatballs: Hickory & Brown Sugar BBQ Sauce
crockpot meatball recipe
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 - 3 hours
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 - 3 hours
crockpot meatball recipe
  1. Pre-heat oven to 370 degrees. Set crockpot to low.
  2. Mix the ground beef, 2 eggs and packets of onion soup in a large bowl.
  3. After thoroughly mixing the ingredients, shape mixture into meatballs. Heat for 10 minutes in oven. Drain thoroughly.
  4. Add meatballs, sauce and 1/4 of the jelly to crockpot. Mix thoroughly. Cook on low for 2 - 3 hours stirring occasionally. Add more sauce and jelly if necessary throughout the cooking process.
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Time Management Tips for Meal Planning

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First, there never seems to be enough time in the day for everything that we need to do.  Do you agree?  Getting the children up and ready for school, fixing meals, managing our homes and holding down a full time job can stress anyone out.  However, I have found that planning meals can take a big load off my schedule and free up time.

The last thing that I want to do is spend time figuring out what I’m going to fix for dinner.  Especially after a busy day at the office.  I have found that planning my meals out for the week is a big time saver for me. Here’s a few tips that I use to save time during the week:

On Saturday’s I plan my meals for the week  – I focus on casseroles and crockpot meals mostly. I find this is the easiest route for me because I can make the casserole the night before and refrigerate it or put my meals in the crockpot.

Make a list of ingredients and head to the grocery store – Running to the grocery store after work or during the week can take up a chunk of time.  This can become stressful, especially when time is already lacking. Having ingredients accessible can relieve stress.

Include meals for the children while you’re planning – Having to come up with ideas and fix two different meals can be time consuming.  I fix mac & cheese ahead of time when the grandchildren are visiting. They love spaghetti salad, so I will chop the vegetables the night before or early in the morning and toss them into a storage bag. I just boil the noodles in the evening.

Meatloaf is another favorite. I make the meatloaf the night before and just place it in the refrigerator. I just pop it in the oven or microwave to warm while I prepare side dishes.

Wash dishes as you prepare your meals  – I have learned to wash dishes or load the dishwasher as I’m preparing my meals. This cuts down on the number of dinner dishes that need to be washed after dinner.  Most importantly, I always have a clean kitchen. Run your dishwasher through the cycle and unload it before you go to bed.

Use paper plates, cups and plastic utensils – If I’m really pressed for time, I resort to paper products. I can throw them in the trash, and that leaves clearing the table, putting away food and washing the main dishes.

During summer months fix light meals – Sandwiches and fresh fruit make their way to my table frequently during the summer. My family loves chicken and tuna salad. I can make garden and cob salads with fresh vegetables and that’s a meal while serving the grandchildren veggie pizza. Grilling in the summer is a good idea too.

Freeze meals – Preparing meals ahead and freezing them cuts down on time if you have the room. This idea is great for soups, spaghetti, chili, stew, and other cold weather meals.

Prepare snacks and desserts ahead of time – My grandchildren like a snack before bed. During the week, I make pudding or jello.  Apple slices with peanut butter also works. If they want ice cream I have the individual ice cream cups available so I don’t dirty bowls after the dinner dishes have been washed.  Cookies are great too.

Make a planner and place it in your kitchen – Seeing your planned meals helps you stay on track.

These are a few things that have worked for me. The biggest obstacle is figuring out what to fix for the week. Once you have your meals planned, decide if you can fix them ahead and freeze them or if you will preparing the night before. Once you get in the habit, it makes life so much easier.

Please let me know how you handle your meal preparation for the week or if you can add to my tips.