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Slow Cooker Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs from The Food Charlatan

Raspberry Balsamic Meatballs (Slow Cooker)

Use pre-cooked meatballs to make this super easy weeknight meal. The raspberry and balsamic team up to throw a pretty awesome party in your mouth. These would also make a great Christmas or New Year's Eve appetizer. 
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 5 minutes
Servings 6 Servings
Calories 582kcal
Author Karen


  • 2 pounds Easy Baked Meatballs or a 2 lb package frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup raspberry preserves
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 & 1/2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 tablespoon ginger fresh, grated or minced
  • green onions sliced, 4for garnish
  • Sesame seeds for garnish


  • Spray your crock-pot with nonstick spray. Add the raspberry preserves, sugar, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce, and red pepper flakes, and stir together, using a whisk if you want.
  • Once combined, remove a 1/2 cup of the mixture and set aside.
  • Add the meatballs (it's okay if they are frozen) and stir to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5 hours, or on high for 2 and 1/2 hours.
  • Remove the lid to add the ginger and reserved sauce. Turn the Crock pot to High if it is not already there. Cook for another 15-20 minutes, or until the sauce has thickened slightly.
  • Garnish with green onions and/or sesame seeds.


These make great appetizers, but they can also be eaten as a meal. Serve with hot rice and a big salad.
This recipe doesn't have to be made in the slow cooker. You can bake these with the sauce in a baking dish. I would start with 30 minutes at 350 degrees.
Source: lightly adapted from Crock Pot Made Simple: Slow Cooker Recipes


Serving: 4meatballs | Calories: 582kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 26g | Fat: 32g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Cholesterol: 109mg | Sodium: 148mg | Potassium: 527mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 33g | Vitamin A: 39IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 40mg | Iron: 2mg