Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs

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These Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs are sure to be a crowd favorite. They are sweet and savory with a little kick. Perfect for game days!

Sweet & Spicy Appetizer Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs

These slow cooker meatballs are very similar to our Winger’s Sticky Finger recipe, in fact, the sauce recipe is EXACTLY the same, the only difference (obviously) is that you put the sauce over meatballs instead of wings. They are perfectly sweet and savory with just the right amount of kick. And seriously, this recipe couldn’t be easier! Just throw it all in the slow cooker and you’re done! In this case, I set my Hamilton Beach Slow Cooker on low for 3.5 hours and they were perfect!

So Many Ways To Enjoy

The first time we made these we just served them as an appetizer. The second time we added pineapple and red peppers served the meatballs over rice as a main dish (seriously, you have got to try it this way — SO good)! Either way its amazing. But if you’re trying to pin down your game day snacks, this is the perfect, quick appetizer for game day with family and friends. I don’t know about you, but if family and friends are over I want to BE with them, not be stuck in the kitchen the whole time. That is what makes these meatballs so awesome, it is literally 3 minutes of prep-time and you are done.

If you want to use meatballs from scratch, go ahead! You may want to brown the meatballs first to keep them from sticking to the slow cooker. Or, if you prefer the frozen meatballs in the recipe, they work great too.

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If you’re looking for some other great appetizers, whether you’re gearing up for game day or just having friends and family over for a gathering, try some of these great appetizers.

How to make Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs

Sweet & Spicy Appetizer Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs

5 from 4 votes
These Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Meatballs are sure to be a crowd favorite. They are sweet and savory with a little kick. Perfect for game days!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 10 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8

Equipment

  • Crock Pot Slow Cooker

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place meatballs in slow cooker.
  • Combine hot sauce, brown sugar and water in a bowl.
  • Stir until well combined and sugar is mostly dissolved.
  • Evenly pour over meatballs.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 455kcalCarbohydrates: 40gProtein: 19gFat: 24gSaturated Fat: 9gCholesterol: 82mgSodium: 382mgPotassium: 380mgSugar: 40gVitamin A: 8IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 50mgIron: 1mg

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Erica Walker

Erica lives in Boise, Idaho with her husband, Jared, an attorney, and her beautiful three girls. Beyond the world of recipes, she loves adventuring with everything from kayaking, to cruising, to snowboarding and taking the family along for the thrill ride.

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  1. I’m going to give this a try this weekend. I want to try making my own meatballs. Do you suggest using the meatball recipe for your Sweet and Sour meatballs? Thanks!

      1. Ok, thanks. Then I should bake the meatballs in the oven for a few minutes before putting in the crock pot for a few hours?

  2. 5 stars
    These are so good! The sauce is out of this world! We had them as a snack while watching movies and they didn’t last long!

  3. Can I use fresh ground meat or ground chicken to make my own meat balls then put them in the cock pot?

    1. Yes, absolutely! You may want to brown the meatballs first, just to prevent sticking once they are in the slow cooker. Hope this helps!