Thanksgiving App Idea: Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

Looking for something easy to make as a Thanksgiving appetizer? Try these slow cooker cranberry barbecue meatballs. Meatballs are always a party favorite–and the cranberry adds a special Thanksgiving kick. Can’t wait to make them tomorrow!


  • 50-60 frozen meatballs, store bought or homemade ((I love the frozen Costco brand)
  • 1 (14 oz) can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 (12 oz) jar cocktail sauce, or homemade
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Finely chopped green onions, for garnish


  1. Spray the bottom of your slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of pot.
  2. In a large bowl stir together cranberry sauce, cocktail sauce, brown sugar, water, and barbecue sauce and pour over meatballs. Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours. Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.

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