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Easy Ultimate Party Meatballs

This is a partnered post. As always, all opinions are my own.

With the Super Bowl just a couple weeks away I know party food is a hot topic right now.  Everybody is getting ready for game day and planning their Super Bowl menus. Although I don’t watch the Super Bowl, it is still fun to have a day dedicated to eating party food.

{Don’t judge!}

super bowl menu featuring easy ultimate party meatballsOver the last couple of years I’ve worked with Johnsonville and use their products often at home. It seems like they are constantly expanding their product line and the newest addition is meatballs.  I know you’ve seen me write it before, but since my husband is Italian and loves all things pasta and meatballs, this makes me very happy.  And what makes me even happier is that they contain no artificial flavors or colors and are made with premium cuts of meat.

super bowl menu featuring easy ultimate party meatballsOkay, so back to the game day menu.

Using Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs, you can make these Easy Ultimate Party Meatballs with absolutely no prep work. Now that’s what I call easy!  You can cook them in your slow cooker or in a saucepan, it’s totally your call!

Easy Ultimate Party Meatballs
This is an extremely easy way to entertain without spending hours in the kitchen. These Easy Ultimate Party Meatballs are sweet with a little bit of spice and a delight for your taste buds.
Recipe type: Appetiser
Serves: 28
  • 1 12 ounce bottle Chili Sauce
  • 1 14 ounce can Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce
  • 1 24 ounce package Johnsonville Classic Italian Meatballs
Saucepan Preparation:
  1. Combine sauces in a large saucepan and cook over medium-low heat, stirring until smooth.
  2. Add meatballs, cover and cook for 15 minutes or until meatballs are heated through, stirring occasionally.
Slow Cooker Preparation:
  1. In a medium sized bowl, combine chili sauce and cranberry sauce.
  2. Place meatballs in a slow cooker and pour sauce mixture over meatballs.
  3. Cover and cook on high for 4 hours.

It truly doesn’t get much easier than this, folks. Score one for mama!

The combination of the slight heat from the chili sauce mixed with the sweetness from the cranberry sauce was a crowd pleaser. Even my picky little guy gobbled them right up.  The smashed potatoes on the other hand were a different story. But I wasn’t above bribing. I got him to eat the potatoes by bribing him with another meatball. I pick my battles y’all and this one wasn’t worth fighting.

super bowl menu featuring easy ultimate party meatballsDon’t have any Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce in the pantry? No worries, regular cranberry sauce will work, too. And if you are feeling a little like Betty Crocker, you can make your own meatballs using Johnsonville Ground Sausage.  I opted for the easy way out. I had three little mouths and one big mouth saying they were “starving.”

super bowl menu featuring easy ultimate party meatballs

What’s on your game day menu?

Sample product was provided for the purpose of this post. All opinions are my own.
About Crystal

Crystal Reagan, the owner and founder of SimplyBeingMommy.com lives in Small Town, Texas with her husband and 3 children. Crystal and her website have been featured on local and national news stations including Channel 2 Houston and ABC News. She has also appeared on BetterTV as a Mommy Expert for VTech.


  1. 1

    Never tried to use cranberry I normally use grape jelly! Thanks for sharing I am gonna have to try this out!

  2. 3

    Oooh I never tried it with cranberry! I use grape jelly – so yummy!

  3. 4

    These are very easy to make. I think my fiance would like these a lot.

  4. 5

    What is “chili sauce?” Like Tabasco? Or is it the asian condiment (like siracha or sambal olek)?

  5. 7

    I’ve never tried making these… wonder if my family would like these, they like cranberry juice.

  6. 8

    I’ve always used grape too. The cranberry sounds really interesting – we’ll have to try it!

  7. 9

    This recipe is all over Pinterest…I think I need to try it!

  8. 10

    I’ve been looking for a delicious meatball recipe and this one looks great! Thanks!

  9. 11

    Chili and cranberry? That’s one combination I never would have come up with on my own!

  10. 12

    I have not tried it with the cranberry sauce, just grape jelly.

  11. 13

    Meatballs are great for parties easy and yummy one of my daughters favorites.

  12. 14

    I am a big sucker for cocktail meatballs. I head straight for them every time!

  13. 15

    Those look pretty darn good!

  14. 16

    There’s something about meatballs that really does make them a perfect party food. I usually have chips and dip of some kind on hand too. I think I kinda switch it up every time just to keep it interesting.

  15. 17

    These look scrumptious! I’m sure the sweet and spicy flavors work well together too.

  16. 18

    I’ve made these with grape jelly before but the cranberry sauce sounds awesome!

  17. 19

    Those meatballs are delicious! I am not sure what we will be having on Superbowl Sunday, but that is definitely an option.

  18. 20

    We love meatballs. We make homemade meatballs, but have bought packaged ones at Costco. These sound really good. Love that there are no artificial flavors, etc. We usually don’t watch the Super Bowl so no menu is planned here.

  19. 21

    I’m eating cranberries as I peruse this recipe post, it sounds so good!

  20. 22

    We’re likely having pizza and tacquitos at our party. We make these meatballs all the time using jellied cranberry sauce. They are the best, and so easy to make for crowds, we actually had them with rice for our Christmas Eve meal.

  21. 23

    I’ve got some cranberry sauce that’s about to expire. Thanks for showing us a way to use it other than at Thanksgiving!

  22. 24

    Meatballs are the perfect game time snack! YUM

  23. 25

    My friends mom used grape jelly and bbq sauce when i was growing up and they were delish. I bet these are too.

  24. 26

    Meatballs are a must have for game day! I love any type of finger food.

  25. 27

    These look so good — and easy too! We’re going to a friend’s house for the game and are bringing wings, but I am pinning this for the future!

  26. 28

    I LOVE meatballs so much!! These look delicious!! I can’t wait to put these on my appetizer table for the Super Bowl!

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