1. Penny
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 9:20 AM | Permalink

    You are right Robin Sue. My variation is a bottle of chili sauce and a can of cranberry sauce with 2 Tablespoons of brown sugar and 1 tablespoon of lemon juice. We have always called it Aunt Pat's Piquant Meatballs. She made a huge batch for my cousin's wedding years ago.

  2. fcarrie2
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    My sauce variation: 1 bottle chili sauce, 1 cup grape jelly, juice of 1 lemon. In my family these are everyone's favorite on Christmas Eve.

  3. EAT!
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:22 AM | Permalink

    Such a favorite! Perfect for football tailgates too!

    The Costco meatballs are good.

  4. Keeping up with the Freitas'
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:26 AM | Permalink

    We have also used the Costco meatballs, esp. for bit parties. They are quite good and the perfect size. We use a very similar recipe but use Heinz Chili Sauce in place of ketchup. I like the idea of serving it over rice to make a meal out of it.

  5. Grace
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 10:35 AM | Permalink

    i've had this with apricot preserves and it was good, but i think using grape jelly sounds AWESOME! i haven't had grape jelly on anything since a pb&j approximately 15 years ago, and now i'm craving it like mad!

  6. Dawn
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:17 AM | Permalink

    I have a similiar sauce like that but no allspice in it. I will add that next time.

  7. That Girl
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:55 AM | Permalink

    I usually use chili sauce or bbq sauce instead of ketchup, and have been known to use whatever flavor of jam we have on hand!

  8. MJS
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 11:59 AM | Permalink

    Meatballs are one of my go-to crockpot meals because the kids love them and you can pair them up with so many different sides. It has been so hectic since school started that we usually have them once a week. My daughter has started saying "Yay! Meatball night!"

  9. Karen
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 12:04 PM | Permalink

    I think this is an old recipe, isn't it? I seem to remember seeing this as appetizers for dinner parties. Some things just never go out of style!

  10. Patsyk
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 1:13 PM | Permalink

    We always have a package of those meatballs in the freezer for nights like that.

    I must say when I saw you add grape jelly to your sauce, it made me smile. Back in high school, my cooking class teacher suggested adding it to spaghetti sauce and everyone was like "eeew"… but, after trying it, we loved it!

  11. Sandy
    Posted October 7, 2009 at 3:53 PM | Permalink

    Oh yummy, yum!

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  12. Anonymous
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 7:42 AM | Permalink

    Robin Sue – Rob makes the best meat balls. I have used this sauce with min. meatballs, cut up kielbasa, or cocktail hot dogs as an appetizer. Mom

  13. biz319
    Posted October 8, 2009 at 3:06 PM | Permalink

    I had this at a pot luck one time and was astonished at how good it was! Although they used barbecue sauce and hot pepper jelly – yum!

    Thanks for the reminder! Perfect for football games. 😀

  14. Robin Sue
    Posted October 9, 2009 at 7:34 AM | Permalink

    Biz- now that sounds like a good combo!

  15. Danielle
    Posted October 9, 2009 at 10:01 AM | Permalink

    Thanks for the reminder about this recipe. Like a lot of other commenters, our recipe calls for chili sauce. It was the PERFECT dinner for my swine-flu battling family! Thanks!

  16. noble pig
    Posted October 9, 2009 at 10:38 AM | Permalink

    I usually do th costco meatballs with hoisen sauce and they disappear. This sounds yummy too!

  17. Denise in PA
    Posted October 10, 2009 at 9:07 AM | Permalink

    Ah, I've been making these for years – they are awesome! I love telling people what's in the sauce when they say how delicious they are – LOL!

  18. Sophie
    Posted October 11, 2009 at 4:20 AM | Permalink

    These meatballs look so lovely & tasty!!

    Yum yum Yum,…

  19. unconfidentialcook
    Posted October 11, 2009 at 2:00 PM | Permalink

    The past two nights, I've sent my husband out for sandwiches. Know exactly how you feel. I remember a recipe my mom used to make decades ago with ketchup, grape jelly and hamburger meatballs–she called them Swedish meatballs and they were great!

  20. Dorothy
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 12:07 AM | Permalink

    That really is a great recipe! I've made it before, using chili sauce instead of ketchup, and no allspice. Next time I'll add the allspice though, to give it a little punch! 🙂

    I've named "Big Red Kitchen" for the "One Lovely Blog" award over at my blog! It's been a pleasure to read through your posts!


  21. Holly
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 11:06 AM | Permalink

    I've done the same thing with Costco meatballs! I do meatballs with a can of cream of mushroom soup, a can of consomme beef, a package of onion soup mix and a can of water. Dump it in the crock pot or cook it on the stove top. Serve over mashed potatoes.

    I found you through Foodie Blogroll, by the way!

  22. pigpigscorner
    Posted October 12, 2009 at 2:45 PM | Permalink

    ahh I feel like that all the time…This sounds like a perfect "lazy" meal, love the sauce!

  23. oneordinaryday
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 10:45 AM | Permalink

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  24. Mimi
    Posted October 13, 2009 at 12:41 PM | Permalink

    This is one of those great recipes that every kitchen should have.

  25. Anonymous
    Posted October 14, 2009 at 10:09 AM | Permalink

    My mom did those meatballs also only she used currant jelly with chili sauce

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