The holidays are quickly approaching so appetizers are on my mind, especially easy ones. We love yummy snacks and easy appetizers during holiday gatherings, and this easy sweet and spicy meatballs recipe is a crowd pleaser. I think you are going to love how simple this is to throw together.


Crock pot sweet and spicy meatballs are easy to make.

I don’t know about you, but I’m always so busy around the holidays. I don’t have time for fancy recipes and dirtying up the kitchen. With this easy appetizer recipe though, you can have the fancy appetizer without all the work.

Thanks to the convenience of frozen meatballs and only 3 ingredients, this easy meatball recipe can be thrown together in minutes.

Let the crock pot do all the work, while you are doing something you have to get done: cleaning up for guests, getting ready, or just enjoying some much needed family time.

Let’s make this sweet and spicy meatballs crockpot recipe!

Ingredients for meatball appetizer recipe:

  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Brown Sugar
  • Hot Sauce
  • Butter

Directions for slow cooker meatballs:

  • Place all the ingredients in a crock pot.

  • Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or high for 3 hours.
  • Place on a serving dish with toothpicks for serving.

This  hot spicy meatballs recipe is that easy!

With only 4 ingredients, anyone can make this fun meatball appetizer. Serve them alongside some toothpicks and your easy appetizer is done!

This easy crock pot meatball recipe is perfect for any appetizer, but honestly my kids could eat them as a meal. If you want to make this appetizer into a meal, add a cup of beef broth to slow cooker and serve it over rice. Delicious! This simple recipe is so versatile, it will be a part of your new family traditions.

I hope you’ll try both this easy crock pot sweet and spicy meatball recipe and Colman’s Mustard.

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Crock Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs Recipe

5 from 5 votes
Looking for an easy meatball recipe? You are going to love this easy crock pot sweet and spicy meatballs recipe. It is the perfect appetizer for any party!
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 6 hrs
Total Time 6 hrs 10 mins
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 607
Author Eating on a Dime


  • 32 oz package frozen meatballs
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup hot sauce
  • 1/4 cup butter


  • Place all the ingredients in a crock pot.
  • Cover and cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2.5-3 hours.
  • Stir to make sure that all the ingredients are thoroughly combined.
  • Place on a serving dish with toothpicks for serving and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

If you want to make this appetizer into a meal, add a cup of beef broth to slow cooker and serve it over rice. 
*This can easily be made with turkey or chicken meatballs as well. 
*Refrigerate the leftovers in an air tight container for up to 5-7 days.  

Nutrition Facts

Calories 607kcal, Carbohydrates 36g, Protein 26g, Fat 40g, Saturated Fat 17g, Polyunsaturated Fat 3g, Monounsaturated Fat 16g, Trans Fat 1g, Cholesterol 129mg, Sodium 691mg, Potassium 514mg, Fiber 1g, Sugar 36g, Vitamin A 279IU, Vitamin C 16mg, Calcium 55mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. 5 stars
    wow, so quick and easy. This would make a great addition to one of our “meze night” dinners when I don’t have time to cook an elaborate meal.

  2. 5 stars
    First of all, Coleman’s mustard is the best. Secondly, meatballs like these are always the biggest hit at parties, which is why I’m making them. Thanks for such a simple and delicious sauce recipe.