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It's that time of year again. Time to start thinking about slow cookers and warm, comforting party food. Tailgating season is upon us and it won't be long before the holiday season is too. These delectable cranberry barbecue meatballs are perfect for entertaining!
Delicious as an appetizer or the main course. They will be the hit of the party or your family dinner. My kids kept asking for "more meatballs, please". We just harvested some sweet potatoes from the garden so I served the meatballs with mashed sweet potatoes and the cranberry barbecue sauce is so good on mashed sweet potatoes. It's the perfect compliment of sweet and savory.
To make the cranberry barbecue sauce I first make a simple cranberry sauce using Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries. It's as simple as bringing cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, and a little sugar to a boil, then simmering for about 10 minutes until the cranberries pop.
The best part other than how incredibly delicious these are is that you can use store bought frozen (thawed) or fresh meatballs. I used store bought fresh turkey (Italian style) meatballs and they were amazing! I used 2 lb. of meatballs and we only had 3 meatballs left after our four boys heartily devoured them. If making for a party, I would make at least 3 lb., depending on how long the guest list is.
Slow Cooker Cranberry Barbecue Meatballs
2 C. Cape Cod Select frozen cranberries
1/2 C. orange juice
1/3 C. real maple syrup
1/3 C. sugar
1 C. barbecue sauce
2 to 3 lb. frozen (thawed) or fresh meatballs
1. Bring Cape Cod Select cranberries, orange juice, maple syrup, and sugar to a boil, stirring occasionally.
2. Reduce heat and simmer about 10 minutes until cranberries pop.
3. Place meatballs in a slow cooker.
4. Pour barbecue sauce and homemade cranberry sauce over the meatballs.
5. Cook on low for 4 to 5 hours.
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