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Prep time: 5 mins | Cook time: 2 hrs | Total time: 2 hrs 5 mins | Yield: 20 Servings

If you are looking for a fun appetizer, these Tangy Sweet Meatballs are your perfect option. Easily make these in the slow cooker or instant pot or crockpot with only four ingredients. Serve these mini meatballs with toothpicks or small forks and delight your guests with the best appetizer ever!

I always look for easy recipes. Simple but surprisingly delicious. I prefer homemade but in reality, we can never avoid store-bought ingredients. Family time means spending time with the family, not in the kitchen sweating your butt off. I get it, homemade is the best but on some occasions, we have to be smart. And don’t let anyone throw you off for using store-bought ingredients because just like this recipe, it came out super awesome, thanks to frozen meatballs, bottled dressings, and sauces. Wait until you try this before you judge.



28 oz. frozen meatballs

16 oz. Russian dressing

18 oz. apricot preserves

2/3 c. Worcestershire sauce

How to make Tangy Sweet Slow Cooker Meatballs

Tangy Sweet sauce:

Step 1: Mix well the Russian dressing, apricot preserves, and Worcestershire sauce.


Step 1: Into the crockpot or slow cooker, add the frozen meatballs.

Step 2: Over the meatballs, pour the Tangy Sweet sauce.

Step 3: Stir well to evenly coat the meatballs.

Step 4: Set on high and cook for 2 hours. Or 3 to 4 hours on low.

Step 5: If using an Instant Pot, set it on high and cook for 7 minutes.

Step 6: Make sure to keep the meatballs warm in the crockpot/slow cooker/instant pot while serving.

Step 7: Serve with mini forks or toothpicks. Enjoy!

Nutrition Facts:

Yield: 20, Serving Size: 2 oz
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 263 | Total Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Trans Fat: 0g | Unsaturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 622mg | Carbohydrates: 29g | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Protein: 6g


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