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Cranberry Barbecue Crockpot Meatballs Appetizer


New Year’s Eve appetizer dilemma? No need to worry! These Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs are the perfect appetizer to help ring in the new year. Any recipe that includes cranberry sauce is the perfect appetizer that works amazing for all holidays. You only need three main ingredients, a couple of seasonings and a crockpot to pull this recipe off. Good luck having leftovers to enjoy. Yep! They are that good!

Crockpot meatballs are not a new concept to me, but I have always gone the grape jelly and BBQ sauce direction. I love it when a fellow Arkansan gives me a variation of a tried-and-true recipe that tastes just as good, if not better! Using jellied cranberry sauce is the ultimate holiday grape jelly substitute. Nothing screams holidays like cranberry sauce and these Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs that say Ho Ho Ho and Happy New Year!

Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs

Thank you to Lisette Washispack for submitting a super easy recipe to the What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2 Cookbook!


Slow Cookers are the perfect kitchen tool for easy cooking, but the cleanup can be a pain. Use a crockpot liner for easy cleanup.

This recipe calls for thawed meatballs. There is no need to thaw the meatballs in advance. Throw the frozen meatballs right in the crockpot.

Make sure and stir the Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs every hour so the meatballs do not sit and burn.

Cranberry BBQ Crockpot Meatballs


  • 32-ounce frozen appetizer-size meatballs
  • 17-ounce bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce
  • 14-ounce can jellied cranberry sauce
  • fresh minced parsley, optional
  • black pepper, optional


In a mixing bowl, whisk together barbecue and cranberry sauce. Set aside. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of the slow cooker. Pour sauce over top and stir to combine. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours. Garnish with parsley and pepper.


There are over 800 recipes published in the What’s Cookin’ at First Security Vol. 2 cookbook, all submitted by employees and customers. Proceeds from the sales go to the Arkansas Hunger Relief Alliance to help feed people across the state. You can purchase the cookbooks for $20 at any First Security Bank location. You can simply pull through the drive-thru window to purchase this great gift.

For more recipes from the cookbook, check out my author page.

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Well-known Arkansas food writer and recipe creator Lacie Ring was born and raised right here in Arkansas. Although her husband’s military career took them around the world, he and Lacie settled back in their home state. Lacie blogs at www.easypeasypleasy.com where she creates easy and delicious recipes for busy families. She is also a recipe creator and food photographer for brands local to Arkansas and abroad. In her spare time, Lacie enjoys spending time with her son and husband camping and enjoying the outdoors.

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