Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

by Merissa on February 12, 2014

in Recipes

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs - Little House Living

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

 I love making meatballs for an easy, but hearty winter meal. I usually make ours with a sauce that I make from chicken broth but the other day I decided to throw some different ingredients together and try something new instead. The result is our newest favorite meal! This recipe is truely delicious and so simple! You could use a store boughten bottle of BBQ sauce but that just wouldn't be quite the same as this from-scratch version! The sauce we make for these Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs makes them taste sweet and fresh. Plus it's so easy to throw all the ingredients together in the crock pot and have a warm meal at the end of the day.

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

By Merissa

These meatballs only need a few ingredients and take very little effort. They make a great hearty meal when paired with pasta or rice and a side of fresh steamed veggies.

Yield - 4 servings

Preparation Time - 10 minutes

Cooking Time - 6 Hours

Ingredients

  • 20 Meatballs ( You can learn how to create Make Ahead Meatballs here!)
  • 16 ounces (2 cups) Strained Tomatoes (Home Canned Tomatoes work great!)
  • 1/4 cup Onion, chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon Garlic Powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Salt
  • 1/3 cup Brown or Raw Sugar

Directions

  • If you aren't using pre-made meatballs, make sure your meatballs are cooked.
  • Place the cooked meatballs in the crock pot. Add in all the other ingredients.
  • Cook on low for 6 hours, stirring occasionally. Turn the crock pot off or on warm when the meatballs start to look like they are getting too done.
  • Serve plain or over pasta or rice.

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

These are making my mouth water just looking at the pictures again! Such a simple recipe to put together but such a tasty outcome. Definitely put these on your menu plan in the coming weeks! If you wanted to make these up completely ahead of time, simply add all the ingredients (including the cooked meatballs) into a freezer bag and store in the freezer until you are ready to put in the crock pot!.

What do you think...will you try these Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs? What are your favorite side dishes for meatballs?

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1 Lana February 12, 2014 at 6:26 am

These sound wonderful! I am pinning it for later–after this big snow storm we are getting that makes it quite possible to lose power today. I love the homemade sauce recipe. After being allergic to all but 14 foods for so long I have a hard time liking things like bottled BBQ sauce. I like a meat dish like this with mashed potatoes but that probably comes back to being allergic to potatoes for over 20 yearsl

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2 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 6:33 am

This dish would taste good with mashed potatoes too! I hope you don’t end up losing power today!

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3 Becky February 12, 2014 at 6:45 am

These look great- I might make them tonight (its cold outside & these look great for a chilly day!) :)
Thanks!

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4 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 7:40 am

They are perfect for a cold day, I hope you like them!

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5 Tracy February 12, 2014 at 7:35 am

These would be meatball sandwich heaven. Vege’s optional.

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6 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 7:36 am

Mmmmm, yes they would!

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7 Rivka H. February 12, 2014 at 8:45 am

These sound so yummy! Do you think you could cook the meatballs in the crockpot if you set it on high? (Trying to save steps here LOL)

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8 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 8:50 am

I haven’t had much luck cooking the meatballs right in the crock pot, they tend to fall apart.

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9 jenn February 12, 2014 at 2:04 pm

would you share your chicken broth based meatball sauce?

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10 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 2:07 pm

All I do for that is cook the (cooked) meatballs in the slow cooker in just chicken broth for a few hours. Then I remove the broth and put it on the stove and bring to a simmer and mix in a small amount of starch/water to thick it up just a bit to make a gravy. Then we eat that with the meatballs over pasta :)

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11 Jenn February 17, 2014 at 7:22 am

thanks!!!!

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12 Cheryl February 12, 2014 at 2:32 pm

I echo Lana’s comments above about food allergies. I have sensitivities to additives and spices in food and to many foods. Love spaghetti and meat balls but have NEVER baked the meat balls. Always broiled them. I love the recipe for ready made meat balls and I could make those without the spices you added. Obviously they taste good since you use them in many ways. Thanks for the ideas.

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13 Merissa February 12, 2014 at 6:03 pm

Yes they are great for some many things!

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14 Nihal February 12, 2014 at 10:24 pm

This looks so delicious! Do you think I can cook it on stove top instead?

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15 Merissa February 13, 2014 at 6:32 am

Yes you could!

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16 Roxanne February 13, 2014 at 9:41 am

We’ve been exploring more and more meals made in the Crock Pot are loving it. Never thought of making Meatballs in there! I will be trying this! Thanks

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17 Elise February 13, 2014 at 7:48 pm

BBQ meatballs is one of our favorite meals. We like to serve them over rice. :)

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18 valerie February 14, 2014 at 10:05 pm

Your such an awesome woman.
Keep it up.
God bless

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19 Laura February 15, 2014 at 5:49 pm

I want to pin this recipe on Pinterest (looks yummy!) but it says that the URL isn’t valid. Is there a way to fix it so I can pin it. Thanks!

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20 Merissa February 15, 2014 at 7:33 pm

It just worked for me, maybe Pinterest was having a glitch? Try again and let me know if you still have trouble.

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21 Laura February 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

I still wasn’t able to pin it BUT I went to your Pinterest boards and I could pin it from there. Thanks for posting such great ideas! :)

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22 Antionette Blake February 24, 2014 at 2:31 pm

I have a bag of frozen meatballs in the freezer, now I know how I’ll fix them. Thanks for sharing this recipe and linking up with us at the #WWDParty. Have a wonderful week.

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23 Jerri February 27, 2014 at 9:39 pm

I love meatballs! Thanks for linking up for Friday Favorites. I’m featuring you this week!

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24 Merissa February 27, 2014 at 10:36 pm

Thank you for the feature Jerri!

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25 ang April 30, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Merissa,
These look absolutely delicious! I adore using my slow cooker and these meatballs are right up my alley!
Thanks so much for linking up on the Cook it! Craft it! Share it! Link party again this week!
ang

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26 Kelly May 3, 2014 at 8:09 pm

Meatballs with BBQ sauce instead of the standard spaghetti sauce sounds interesting. I will try that the next time I make a batch of meatballs

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27 Shelley@MoneyMummy May 4, 2014 at 4:58 am

Looks delish – will have to give it a go for sure! Popping in from Brunch @ Mums

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28 Emma Fahy Davis May 4, 2014 at 5:22 am

Gotta love crockpot season, I’ve been using ours almost every night lately!

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29 Amy @ItsAMindfulLife May 4, 2014 at 12:27 pm

Hello! I am always loving crock pot recipes and these look great! Thanks for sharing!

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30 Christine May 5, 2014 at 7:20 pm

Those look wonderful. I am PIN’g this so I can definitely try it later!

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31 Cindy @ Hun... What's for Dinner? May 6, 2014 at 8:31 pm

These meatballs look wonderful. Thank you so much for joining us this week, at Simple Supper Tuesday.

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32 Brandi Clevinger May 7, 2014 at 3:08 pm

Great and easy recipe! I really like meatballs, and I’ve got a birthday party next week so looks like I’ll try these – as mini meatballs. I printed this recipe as well as your recipe for make ahead meatballs.

Thank you for sharing on #smallvictoriesSundaylinky !

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33 Jill @ Called To Be A Mom May 7, 2014 at 11:15 pm

Thanks for sharing at #pintasticpinterestingparty These look so amazing! I love making my own sauce. I am going to have to try this very soon!

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34 Kim @ The Cookie Puzzle May 10, 2014 at 6:30 am

These meatballs do look wonderful. I work out of the home full time, and it is nice to have something that I can put in the crock pot in the morning and have a nice meal ready when I get home. Thank you for sharing at Tasty Tuesdays.

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35 Sarah May 10, 2014 at 11:32 pm

I love a good crockpot meal! Thanks for linking up at Tips and Tricks! Pinning

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36 Nettie Moore May 26, 2014 at 10:33 pm

Thank you for linking up at Simple Supper Tuesday, your recipe has been featured at Moore or Less Cooking. Nettie

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37 Pure Grace Farms September 13, 2014 at 7:49 am

Lovely recipe. I would be honored if you would stop by at Foodie Fridays (going on now) and share your fabulous recipe. Hope to see you there and have a wonderful weekend.
Blessings,
Shari

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38 Leslie @ House on the Way September 15, 2014 at 8:04 pm

Thank you so much for sharing this great recipe at the Twirl & Take a Bow Party! Have an awesome week!
Leslie

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