Start with a package of frozen meatballs and cook with bottled barbecue sauce and cherry preserves for this easy, 5-ingredient appetizer.
1 (28-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce
1 (18-oz.) jar cherry preserves
3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, undrained
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can
1 (32-oz.) package frozen meatballs
How to Make It
Whisk together first 4 ingredients and 1 1/2 cups water in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes. (Sauce will thicken.) Keep warm in a slow cooker on WARM or LOW, if desired.
Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rosina Italian Style Meatballs.
Chipotle-Barbecue Sausage Bites: Substitute 2 (16-oz.) packages cocktail-size smoked sausages for meatballs. Proceed with recipe as directed, decreasing water to 1/2 cup and simmering mixture 15 minutes. Makes 12 to 14 appetizer servings. Prep: 10 min., Cook: 20 min.
Easily takes the lead as the best appetizer meatballs I've ever had. The chipotle peppers give it a nice little kick. Use the leftover peppers in the Colby Pepper Jack Cheese Dip, which is another 5 star appetizer dish. Both of these will be star players at your next party or holiday function.
A hot dish that takes less than 5 min to prepare? Definitely a keeper. I used two bags of party meatballs from Trader Joe's and listened to other reviewers tip about just throwing everything in the slow cooker for 3 hours on low. Everyone loved them!
I made these for our FIFA World Cup viewing party. I made the meatballs from scratch using ground turkey. They were easy to make and the sauce was a hit!!! Hardly any left over for lunch tomorrow. I have to make another batch for my hubby soon.
I have to agree with all the reviews, these were a huge success! I made these for a New Year's Eve party. I bought frozen meatballs from Sam's Club and instead of adding the 3 chipotle peppers, I added the whole small (8 ounze) can of them. I didn't have the adobe sauce, so I substitued 1 (8 ounze) can of chipotle sauce. These meatballs had lots of kick and everyone wanted the recipe!