Crock Pot Apple Jelly Meatballs

It’s APPLE WEEK … the perfect way to kick off Fall with all sorts of yummy treats and an apple craft or two!!  I have shared caramel apple munch mix and two adorable ways to package it for gift giving!!  Today, I’ve got a savory apple recipe to make in your crockpot!

I know I am not the only one who is obsessed with Fall … the colors, the pumpkins, apples, cool weather, scarves and FOOTBALL!!  Now, I’m not going to fib … I am not a huge football fan.  I can watch it.  But boy do I love football food!  Almost every Sunday we put together what we call a “football feast” with a few of our favorite munchies:  veggies and dip, fruit and fruit dip, cheese and crackers, buffalo chicken dip … you know the drill.  We nibble for lunch and dinner and it makes for the perfect lazy Sunday afternoon!

And recently, I tried my aunt’s recipe for sweet and savory apple jelly meatballs!  These are the yummiest thing to come out of my crock pot lately!  And they are beyond easy!!

So, let’s get this touchdown dish started … it’s time to {taste this}!

Add all of the following to your crock pot:

  • Two bags (about 25 oz. each) of frozen meatballs – beef, turkey, Italian, take your pick
  • One 18 oz. jar of apple jelly
  • One 14 oz. jar of pizza sauce
  • One small bottle of ketchup

Simmer on low for about 4-5 hours, stirring occasionally, until the jelly, pizza sauce and ketchup are completely mixed together and the meatballs are tender and hot in the center. You may need to adjust the cooking time depending on the size of your crockpot.

These are so yummy … just a smidge of sweetness from the jelly and a savory tomato based sauce.  Stick six meatballs in a toasted hot dog bun or sub roll and top with Parmesan cheese for easy breezy meatball subs for dinner!

I hope you’re enjoying Apple Week … I’ve got a yummy breakfast treat and a sweet no bake dessert coming up in the next few days, so get pickin’ and peelin’ those apples!  ;)

Check out the other apple awesomeness shared by the Delicious Dozen:

Keri at Shaken Together (me!!) :: Aimee at Shugary Sweets   
The 4 Sisters at Crumbs and Chaos :: Joan at Chocolate, Chocolate and More 
Carrie at Bakeaholic Mama :: Averie at Averie Cooks 
Crystal at A Pumpkin and a Princess :: Cassie at Bake Your Day  
Ali at Jam Hands :: The 6 Sisters at Six Sisters’ Stuff 
Don’t miss these fabulous all things apple pin boards:  apple a day & Applicious Goodies!

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  1. I am SERIOUSLY hungry right this second…goodness…

  2. OK, so I might be trying to eat healthier, but I will definitely need to make these for (Canadian) Thanksgiving snacking in a few weeks. I can try one or two right? Love these simple and perfect recipes!

  3. My mom makes something similar, but with grape jelly. I’ll have to try these out too, you know, strictly for comparison purposes ;-)

  4. I can’t wait to give this a try. The hubby always makes cocktail meatballs with grape jelly and BBQ sauce. I’m just not a big fan of grape jelly. Finally, I’ll be able to change up his routine!

  5. Yum! Those look fantastic!

  6. so easy and looks so good!

  7. You know what? The only thing I really like about football is the food too:-) I can just imagine how good these are with the jelly glaze! Love it!!!

  8. These sound so good! I think I’ll just let you be in charge of my fall menu this year! Yummm!

  9. I’m a sucker for meatballs…love that you used apple jelly!!!

  10. I love meatballs and will forevah and evah. I also have a serious infatuation with apple jelly and eat it on my PBJS… seriously. These look delish!

  11. Keri, These look fantastic!! I love that you make them in the crock pot…more time to make dessert :)

  12. These sound delicious. I never would have thought to throw in jelly for a sauce. If you get a chance come share your recipe at my Pin Party.

  13. Mmmm….I had to check these out, so interesting and they sound so delicious!

  14. yum! This looks amazing! My family loves meatballs, I will have to try. I would like to invite you to come link up at my Tasteful Tuesday party that is going on right now through friday morning.

  15. Sounds really yummy! Sarah from The Ease of Freeze

  16. I have some crab apple trees in my yard. The only thing I know to do with them is make jelly. I bet the crab apple jelly would work great for this. I’d love it if you shared this over at my link party.

  17. Great idea! What a fast and yummy dinner! I’d like to eat them on rice, too!

  18. These look so good! Absolutely love it if you could link up this (and a couple other recipes) to Wonderful Food Wednesday at

    Hope to see you there!
    Jessica @ At Home Take 2

  19. These look delicious! Pinning so I can try later!

  20. oh my gosh, i have no doubt that this is amazing. my mom makes these fabulous cranberry sauce meatballs, which are my absolute fave.

  21. Ooh yum! Get in my belly!

  22. Looks. SO. GOOD.

  23. This would be fabulous for any get together. Yum! Thanks for stopping by our Pretty Things Party. Hope to see you back next week!

  24. That looks great…this is a new to me recipe….and I love trying new things…thank you for sharing…xo

  25. Ohh YUM! I am SO making this for my tailgate this weekend!!! Thank you SO so so much for sharing and linking up at Happy Hour!!! :o) I love seeing what you are up to!!!
    Jaime from crafty scrappy happy

  26. What an interesting combination! I think I’d like to try this sometime.:)

  27. Those look delicious!! I always have the Costco big bag of meat balls…I’ll have to try these! I found you off of simply sweet home link party :)

  28. Oh. YUMMY! I can hardly wait to make these. I love sweet meatballs.

    We’d love for you to link up to our Finished Friday Blog Party.

  29. Yum. what an easy and delicious looking recipe. i definitely have to make these!

  30. Brenda Dahlbergh says:

    Someone made these for a potluck and they were delicious!!

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