Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

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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!

Crock Pot BBQ Meatballs

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


  • 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


  • 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. 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

  2. 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)

    1. 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 🙂

  3. 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.

  4. 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

  5. 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!

      1. 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! 🙂

  6. 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.

  7. 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!

  8. 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

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

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

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

  12. 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 !

  13. 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!

  14. 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.

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

  16. 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.

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

  18. BBQ sauce is really a different twist on the old spaghetti and meatballs theme. Pinned. Thanks for coming to Weekend Bites ( formally Foodie Friday.)

  19. Merissa these look wonderful! Perfect for the chilly weather ahead of us! I can’t wait to try them. Thanks so much for sharing these at the Project Parade!