Thursday, February 28, 2013

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Meatballs

When it comes to cooking, I really dislike it. I am not someone who likes to spend hours in the kitchen. If it is not easy cooking, easy clean up, or easy on the time, I want nothing to do with it. However, I want to eat real food and not something out of a cardboard box. I am sure my family would much rather have real food too.

I found this recipe from the Six Sisters Stuff blog and thought I would give it a try. This was so good and it is easy to do.  It is kid friendly since my six year old ate all of the meatballs. You throw everything in the slow cooker and forget about it for a few hours. I did make some of my own adjustments which I noted in the parentheses.

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Meatballs
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2 Can of 14 oz cranberries jellied sauce 
(I added an extra can of whole cranberries, because I love cranberries)

1 40 ounces of BBQ sauce or 2 20 ounces of BBQ sauce
(I used Sweet Baby Rays, one bottle was regular BBQ and the other was sweet n spicy)

24 ounces of frozen meatballs
(I used the already made pre-cooked beef meatballs from the freezer aisle, however you could make your own or even use turkey rather than beef.)


Put in the frozen meatballs, BBQ sauce, and cranberries sauce in a crock pot. Make sure you stir so that the meatballs are well coated.

Cook 2 - 5 hours on low. 

Serve over rice and a side of vegetable. 
(I used the Success brown rice and it was very good, not to mention easy to make. I served broccoli along with it.)

Serves 8
Makes great left overs for the next day! I think I am going to make some mashed potatoes instead of rice for the left overs. It sounds good.

Slow Cooker BBQ Cranberry Meatballs
Photo Source: Creative Mess

You can find the original recipe here by Six Sisters Stuff.

Also, I just finished doing their freezer meals for the slow cooker to make putting together a meal easy. I made 18 meals, all for around $130! 



  1. Cranberries are very healthy to the kidneys! You are serving healthy foods together with that brown rice.

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  3. These sound gorgeous!

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  4. That looks really yummy. I have always hated cooking too until I got my thermomix. It's the most fantastic invention in the world and now I LOVE cooking and even better - I CAN cook! (visiting from Flash Blog Friday) xx

  5. Crockpots sure do make cooking so nice and easy don't they? These meatballs look delicious! Thanks for sharing :)
    Have a wonderful weekend!

  6. Hi Joanne!
    I've never thought of using cranberry sauce before. I bet that is really good. For parties I have often use BBQ sauce and Apricot preserves and that is delicious. It's a thicker sauce....a crowd favorite and my husband's too.
    I checked your 'about' page and love that you are so into living life fully. Did you just start you blog in January this year? Congratulations!

  7. This sounds good! Anything crockpot is awesome in my world!

  8. oh yummy these sound great
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  10. Hi, Visiting from the blog hop, and I feel you on cooking. It is not one of my favorite things to do either. I am your new follower. And look forward to the connect. where there is something for everyone!

  11. I'm with you girl...hate cooking. But this recipe even I could do. Found you thru the Meet and Greet Blog Hop. A new follower via GFC. Hope you will stop by my blog as well.

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  13. Mmmm... 'Sounds tasty! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

  14. These look soooo delish! I might have to try them soon. Thanks for sharing.

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  15. This looks so yummy! I will have to give this recipe a try in my slow cooker. Thank you for sharing and for joining this week's Harvest of Friends Weekend Blog Hop!

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    Oh wow... this looks lush

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  17. This look yummy! I'd like to invite you to participate in my Pin Me Linky Party. It goes Fri-Tue. I allow up to 3 links each week! I'm a new follower!

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  20. Awesome. I love cranberry but would never have even thought about using it this way. Pinning this!

  21. I have made this before and it is delicious! Aren't crock pot meals great? Hope you can stop by the enchanted oven.

  22. You sound like me! I just made a Hawaiian Meatball crock pot recipe from the Six Sister's and that was yummy too :)

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  24. That looks amazing - and I love cranberries, will be trying this recipe out!
    Thanks so much for linking up on Tutorial Thursdays, hope to see you again this week :)


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