Move Fast Because These Meatballs Will Be Gone In The Blink Of An Eye

It was time again for our kid’s school to host their annual fundraiser. All the parents, and the local community, were invited to a night of dinner, dancing, and fun at the school cafeteria. They always hold raffle drawings and various other games and events through the night to help and raise money for the school. It pays for books, school supplies, various trips, and whatever else the kids need to succeed, so we always make sure to go. It was going to be different this time though, to save even more money, they asked that everyone bring a dish to pass, instead of having it catered in.

That was fine with me, I thought it made perfect sense. We didn’t have to get crazy with it either. With everyone bringing something, a standard sized potluck dish would do. I knew what I was making, my Grandma’s famous sweet and sour meatballs.

They are super simple to make, and everyone always loved them. They are just like this recipe from Spend with Pennies. They were a huge crowd pleaser that night too. I got to walk out with an empty crock pot…and the school raised a ton of money for the year!

Recipe courtesy of Spend with Pennies. Photo credits to Spring Brook Farms.


Quick Tip: Use homemade or frozen meatballs.



I like the Heinz chili sauce and grape or other fruit jelly. My mom always made her own chili sauce at the end of the summer when tomatoes were best. So I got used to that flavor. But I may try the other ones listed. They make a wonderful pot luck contribution for a gang or for a brunch with a bunch of ‘hungries’!

I make my sweet and sour : 1/2 cup ketchup,1/2 cup vinegar, 1 cup brown sugar, 1 1/2 cup water,1 tsp worchestershire sauce. Mix and bring to a boil..Mix 1 tbsp cornstarch in a bit of cold water and add to sauce…stir until thickened once returned to a boil…

I’ve used 1 bottle Chili Sauce, 1/2 cup Grape Jelly & 1 can Cranberry Sauce, comes out very tasty, especially done in a crockpot …

I’ve made current jelly and mustard cut up hot dogs and meatballs for over 40 years. I’ve shared that recipe tons of times. Simple and the best.

Try this recipe: you’ll never use another

1 cup ketchup
1 cup dark brown sugar
1 cup bourbon
Mix together and simmer over med heat til thickens, stirring constantly. When thickened add precooked meatballs. Great on meat balls, cocktail weinies and a perfect BBQ sauce for chicken and ribs

I have used equal parts of Apple jelly and ketchup for my sauce, but sometimes find Apple jelly hard to Find! I will be trying my sauce with the grape jelly next time!

I have never tried making it with Jelly before. I always use: 1 cup of ketchup, 1/4 Brown sugar, two tablespoons of soya sauce, teaspoon mustard, garlic, and a BBQ seasoning. Mix it all together and simmer it with meatballs, ribs, or chicken. It’s also great to use on the BBQ too. 😉

I put all of those ingredients in my sauce except for ketchup, and also brown sugar. And I usually use orange marmalade instead of apricot jelly cause it is my favorite for PB & J’s so I always have it in the fridge. And yes, the meatballs always disappear fast 🙂

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