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Spicy Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs

Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Servings: 8 -10 appetizer servings
Author: Kristin


  • 2 14- ounce packages frozen meatballs if using homemade, about 55-60 small
  • 1 14- ounce can whole cranberry sauce
  • 1 17- ounce bottle spicy barbecue sauce


  • Combine sauces over medium heat in a large deep skillet and cook until bubbly.
  • Add meatballs in a single layer and stir to coat completely. Reduce heat to medium-low, cover and cook until meatballs are heated through; about 15 minutes for frozen.
  • Remove cover and continue to cook for several minutes, stirring occasionally, until sauce is reduced and completely coating the meatballs.
  • Serve on their own as an appetizer, or as a main dish over rice.
  • For slow cooker method, place meatballs in the slow cooker and pour sauces over. Stir ingredients together and cook on low for a few hours or until ready to serve. Stir again just before serving.