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2 Ways to Make Meatball Appetizers for Your Next Potluck

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Serve these meatball appetizers just to hear all the YUMS!! coming from your guests in between bites.  Have recipe cards ready or  let them know you found the recipe here. 

If you don’t have the time to make the meatballs from scratch then you can always use frozen home style or spicy meatballs.  For an office potluck lunch I have taken the frozen meatballs and sauce to work,  then plugged in slow cooker in the morning and by lunch my potluck dish is ready.

Simple Slow Cooker Meatball Appetizers

Simple Slow Cooker Meatball Appetizers

Yield: 28 meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Bite size party platter meatballs.


  • 1 bag small fully cooked homestyle meatballs
  • 1 cup raspberry jam
  • 1 cup apricot preserves
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Ketchup


In a smalll 2 quart slow cooker layer meatballs and sauce alternately. Cook on low for 4hours.

when done arrange on serving dish and insert toothpicks for easy potluck appetizers

This recipe can be made ahead of time.  These spicy meatballs are also great tucked into a french roll for a meatball sandwich.


Potluck Spicy Meatballs

Potluck Spicy Meatballs

Yield: 48 meatballs
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 20 minutes

Homemade bite size meatball appetizers.



  • 2 pounds lean ground beef
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 2 eggs
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup bread crumbs
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 cups apricot preserves

Meatball Sauce

  • 1 1/2 cups raspberry jam
  • 1 cups bbq sauce
  • 1 cup ketchup


Prehe`at oven to 350

In a large skillet, heat the olive oil and melt the butter over a medium heat.

Add onion and garlic and cook until onions are soft, about 5 minutes.

Transfer the skillet mixture to a large bowl.

Add the eggs, bread crumbs, chili powder,cayenne, saldt and pepper, and mix well.

Add the grou`nd beef and mix until all the ingredients ar combined.

make small 1 inch diameter meatballs and place on a broiler safe pan.

Bake for about 30 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 165 degrees.

In a smedium size bowl mix together the jams, ketchup and BBQ sauce,

In a 5 quart slow cooker add a layer of the sauce and then a layer of meatballs until all the sauce covers the meatballs.

Cook on low for about 5 hours.


Serve as an hor'd'oeuvres for your next potluck.


  1. I made a double batch for a work potluck and they were a hit!

    • A Weekend Cook

      I’m happy you and your co-workers enjoyed them. These things are like potato chips, you can’t eat just one!

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