Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs

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 That’s a tasty meatball! 

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Do you want to know what I love most about this recipe?  These Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs can be served as an appetizer or a main meal!

Serve with cute mini forks = appetizer

Serve over rice or noodles = main dish

Isn’t that great! So keep a bag of frozen meatballs on hand for those nights when you don’t know what to have for dinner, OR need a crowd pleasing appetizer.

Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs


1/4 cup brown sugar

1/3 cup honey

1/2 cup ketchup

2 TB soy sauce

3 cloves garlic, minced

1 (28oz)  bag fully cooked, frozen meatballs


1. In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic.

Honey Garlic Meatballs - Step 1

2. Place frozen meatballs in a 3-4 quart crockpot and pour sauce over meatballs. Stir so all meatballs are coated evenly. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.

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Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs
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Serves: 6-8
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup honey
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 TB soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 (28oz) bag fully cooked, frozen meatballs
  1. In a medium bowl, mix together brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic.
  2. Place frozen meatballs in a 3-4 quart crockpot and pour sauce over meatballs. Stir so all meatballs are coated evenly. Cook on LOW for 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
  3. Use as an appetizer or serve over rice for a meal!

Here is what I used to make these Honey Garlic Crockpot Meatballs

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  1. says

    These look great! I’m ready to try a new twist on the BBQ/grape jelly meatballs! Is there a specific brand of frozen meatball that you recommend?

      • gaylen says

        2 lb. ground beef
        3/4 cup quick oats
        2 eggs
        1/3 bennets chile sauce
        1 1/4 tsp salt
        form in balls, bake at 400 for 15 to 20 min.

        Sauce: 1 cup bennet’s chili sauce
        3/4 cup concord grape jelly
        cook 3 to 5 min.
        mix with meatballs.
        Is important to use the brands I listed because there definitely is a difference in taste of the
        chili sauce & jelly’s.
        This an old & popular recipe. My family & friends really like it, however I am going to try the Honey,garlic recipe as it sounds good.

    • Corey says

      I have not done that before Nikki, but I think the flavor of the sauce would work great with cocktail hot dogs :)

  2. williamsmommyof5 says

    I was struggling with a dinner idea for tonight because I forgot to take out meat. This is perfect. I plan to serve it with rice pilaf and broccoli. Perfect timing. Thanks!

  3. Kim says

    Unable to find 28oz bag. So maybe poured half 5 lb bag in crockpot. Started at 2:44 but should be ok in 3 hrs. My crockpot cooks really hot. Going to serve with white rice, peaches and maybe some veges. Tried your BBQ pulled chicken yesterday. Sooooo good. If meatballs turn out I may just be all about crockpot meals everyday. On day 2 of crockpot meals.

  4. Mary says

    I volunteered to bring meatballs to a party. I was going g to make the traditional one with the grape jelly. These sound like a delicious alternative. Do you use dark or light brown sugar?

  5. Marty says

    4 hours ?….for a pre-cooked frozen product that can be bought with flavoring already on them ?…..i dont get it, i thought people want fast n easy ?…heres a test….do it slow cooker way for 4 hours or less than 20 minutes in the oven and tell me you can taste the difference….dont think so

    • Jessica says


      The idea is to have dinner cooking while you run errands or a really slow cook so it can cook while you’re at work so you’re not “slaving over a hot stove” after a long day.

      Sounds like a great recipe, I think Id roll my own meatballs…turkey balls, with ginger, garlic, and green onions :)

      Thanks for the tip.

  6. Christy White says

    I love the bold flavors! I enjoy being able to get things going ahead of time so I’m not chained to the kitchen when everyone is getting together! :-)

  7. CW says

    Made them the other night and served them over rice for a meal. Not my favorite version and there was very little sauce to cover the rice.

  8. Mathew Shelby says

    We tried this recipe tonight and it was a hit in our family. The only change was we doubled the sauce. We used the “pantry” brand meatballs from Target and the kids asked for seconds.

  9. Julissa says

    I just put everything in the crock pot! Super easy and looks delicious! Serving it with beef flavored rice- a- roni and green beans! Can’t wait till dinner! My 9 year old son is very excited!

  10. sue1961 says

    I just got a slow cooker & this will be my first meal. It’s a 6qt so do I need double the recipe or change the cooking time?

      • Tony says

        I found the sauce a bit too sweet. Needed more sauce. Cooking meatballs for four hours would make them a little dry. I would try this again using pieces of beef chuck. Overall a good recipe.

    • Debbie says

      for those who will be away longer than 4 hrs you can get one of those timers used for x-mas tree lights and set it to start at what ever time works for you

  11. Nicole says

    Sounds good until you get to the frozen meatballs….it takes me 20 minutes to make fresh ones so from now on, I’ll make them fresh. The sauce is good though.

      • victoria says

        Couple questions:
        1. I would think the fresh meatballs, even with binding agents, would still fall apart in the crock-pot if not baked or pan-fried a bit first to get them to stay together. What do you think? Thanks.

        2. Could I replace the ketchup with Hoisen sauce and the garlic with chili garlic sauce? Would this be too much sodium with the Soy sauce?

        Thank you!

        • Corey says

          Yes, I would do a quick pan fry to just brown the edges a little. As far as your #2… I can only say this. I have not used those sauces for this, so I can’t tell you how that would turn out. But if you do give it a try, please come back and let us know how it went!

  12. LL says

    My husband loved these! I liked ’em too but barely got to have any. Figured I’d be nice and let him have the whole pot! 😉

  13. Amy says

    These were delicious!!! The sauce was ridiculously good! Next time I would double the sauce just so I could have more of it! This recipe is definitely a keeper! :-)

  14. Ash says

    I just recently got into cooking different recipes I find on the internet, and this one is by far my favorite so far.. The sauce is PERFECTION. Thank you so much!

  15. cw says

    Wondering if I can let the meatballs and sauce mixture sit mixed together in frig til ready to cook the 4 hrs. ?? Meatballs are frozen…all ingredients are cold.

  16. Nicole says

    Yum!! My two favorite things together honey and garlic! So glad I found this recipe when searching for something different than the usual grape jelly. Will be making this on Saturday for our Apple Butter Making day. Can’t wait to try them

  17. Joey says

    I tried this today and my meatballs tasted just like Salisbury steak. Do you know what I could have done wrong? Could it have been the brand of meatballs or soy sauce?

  18. Amy says

    the sauce is fantastic. My daughter even ate frozen meatballs she doesnt normally like! I think this sauce would be great on chicken wings to! Mmm. My husband loved it, in his words “this ones a keeper”

  19. Jerry says

    To make these, I made a batch of fresh meatballs the day before, cooked them just a wee bit to get them firm, then froze them, the next day I used them in the recipe and the whole meal came out great! My partner and kids asked for more, even the one who doesn’t eat much asked for seconds, blew me away

  20. Colleen says

    Made this recipe for a baby shower. Used a four pound bag of meatballs and tripled the sauce, also added some ginger. They were a hit and oh so easy.
    Thank you for sharing this recipe.

  21. Meika says

    I made these as an appetizer for Thanksgiving. I didn’t want to make the same old jelly meatballs. They were amazing and exactly what I was looking for. This might just be my new meatball recipe!

  22. Val says

    I don’t particularly like the idea of using all that ketchup. Is there a substitute I can use for this? Not a big ketchup person.

  23. Val says

    So it turned out fantastic! I’m making these again for a work potluck and would like to double the recipe so that there are more meatballs. Would the cooking time stay the same? Or go for longer? (I have a 5 quart crock pot).

    • Corey says

      YAY! I am so glad you love them. Maybe just a little more time, but not much….maybe 30-60 minutes more. If they are done earlier, you can always switch it to warm mode until ready to serve. It would be better to have a little wiggle room :)

  24. Heather McCormack says

    Awesome recipe ! Fast and easy! The sauce tasted really good and I loved that this is an easy throw together meal of everything I normally have in my cabinets – apart from the meatballs. Depending on how everyone loves it I may just need to keep a bag in my freezer. I have two little ones, a husband, and am currently VERY pregnant so things like this really comes in handy! So thankful for this site. I am planning on serving with a flavored rice. Originally I was going to do over white rice but in order to do that I suggest doubling the batch!

        • John S says

          I think the better question might be: “Would this sauce go with spaghetti?” I will definitely try it!
          I’ll make this for the Super Bowl – – and use any leftover on some spaghetti :-)

  25. Audra says

    So, I’m going to make these meatballs tomorrow, I’m very excited because I’m going to use them to make bahn mi sandwiches!

  26. Carrie says

    I made these for dinner last night they are THE BEST meatballs I’ve ever had. I used Kroger brand Italian Meatballs with real Romano cheese it them. It was a 32 oz bag and they are BIG meatballs. I made rice as a side and LOVED it not to mention one of the easiest recipes I’ve ever made! This will likely become a staple meal in our house. I’ll probably makes these and freeze them for last minute meals. I bought the microwaveable Uncle Ben’s rice in a bag so dinner was ready n 5 minutes last night!

  27. Angela says

    Corey, Thank you for the recipe made it the first time for Superbowl Sunday and they were gone before halftime. My daughter enjoyed them so much she asked for the “tangy meatballs” for her birthday along with other appetizers, getting her to eat is sometimes a chore in itself!! Thank you, they made it to our supper menu!!!

  28. Laura says

    I should also add, that I like my meatballs to be crispy somewhat, so I cook them in the oven, then put them in crockpot with sauce, so they aren’t in the crockpot quite as long.

  29. Nicole says

    I have made these twice now and my family absolutely loves the flavor!! Last night, we put them on Costco’s Torta rolls and melted Swiss cheese over them. Great recipe! Thank you!


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