Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by Michele Pesula Kuegler | January 3rd, 2013 | Appetizers

I thoroughly enjoying making dishes from scratch.  Whether it be a batch of cookies, a pot of soup, or a loaf of bread, there is a sense of gratification in making something that others will enjoy.  However, there are occasions when I take shortcuts, based on my schedule or other outside factors.  On Sunday we had a belated Christmas celebration with my brother’s family.  As I was making the menu, our oldest asked for sweet and sour meatballs.

Sweet and sour meatballs were always served at a childhood friend’s house at Christmas.  When I discovered the ingredients for the sauce I was a little surprised; they really aren’t items that you would think of combining.  However, it is one of those dishes that many tend to enjoy, even when it is a guilty pleasure sort of dish. Although I do use the shortcut sauce recipe, I do make the meatballs from scratch.  Whether you choose to do so or not is your choice.

Ridiculously Simple Sweet & Sour Meatballs


  1. 1 12-oz. jar cocktail sauce
  2. 1 12-oz. jar grape jelly*
  3. 25-40 meatballs, cooked
  1. Combine all of cocktail sauce and three-fourths of the grape jelly in a small saucepot and place over medium heat.
  2. Cook, stirring occasionally, until jelly has melted and sauces are combined.
  3. Transfer sauce and meatballs to either a large saucepot or a crockpot.
  4. Heat meatballs thoroughly.
  5. For maximum flavor, allow meatballs to simmer in sauce for a couple hours.
  1. *If you prefer a sweeter sauce, all of the jelly can be used.
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