Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

Every year my husband and I host a Christmas party for our neighbors, family and friends. I try to mix up the menu a little bit each year, but also stick to a few staples that our guests have come to expect year to year. Lucky you: I’m going to share TWO of my recipes with you!!

Spoiler alert on the first recipe; it’s the title of this post. Shocking, I know.

My spicy cranberry meatballs is my most requested recipe. It’s honestly just wonderful for feeding a crowd; easy, straightforward, and not terribly expensive- but most importantly: DELICIOUS.

It’s a crockpot recipe, so, you’re welcome.


  • 2 bags frozen Italian meatballs
  • 2 cans jellied cranberries
  • 8oz chili garlic sauce (I use Huy Fong brand)
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup soy sauce


  1. Dump meatballs into crockpot set to high heat. (See? Easy already)
  2. In a bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, and soy sauce. If you want to make it even easier, you can cheat and use 1 cup of sweet bbq sauce.
  3. Once sugar is somewhat dissolved, whisk in the jellied cranberries and chili garlic sauce.
  4. Pour sauce over meatballs and stir until meatballs are coated.
  5. Cook on high for 1 hour, then on low for 5 hours.

Serves about 25 (at 4 meatballs/person).

Yes, it’s that simple. Enjoy!

**Stay tuned for another recipe next week! Don’t worry, I’ll have it posted before Christmas 😉 **

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