Vegan Grape Jelly Meatballs

Looking for the perfect appetizer? Try this Vegan Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs recipe. These tasty meatballs combine the sweetness of grape jelly with the tanginess of BBQ sauce, creating a mouthwatering dish that’s perfect for any occasion.

A plate of vegan grape jelly meatballs sits on a plate in front of toothpicks.

I adore this recipe because it effortlessly combines sweet and savory flavors, creating a tantalizing appetizer that’s always a hit at parties.

Plus, the simplicity of using a slow cooker makes it a convenient option for busy days. Throw the meatballs in the crockpot with the sauce and let it simmer while you get everything else ready. It’s perfect!

Ingredients and Substitutions

You can find the full printable recipe, including ingredient quantities, below. But first, here are some explanations of ingredients and steps to help you make this recipe perfect every time.

Here are the ingredients you’ll need for this recipe, including substitution ideas:

  • Vegan Meatballs: Look for pre-made vegan meatballs at your local grocery store, or make your own using plant-based protein sources like lentils, tofu, or tempeh.
  • Grape Jelly: Choose your favorite grape jelly brand, available in the condiment aisle of most supermarkets. Alternatively, you can use other fruit preserves like seedless raspberry. Make it extra healthy by using this easy chia seed jam.
  • BBQ Sauce: Choose a vegan BBQ sauce free from animal products like Worcestershire sauce. Check the ingredients label or make your own with this vegan barbecue sauce recipe.
  • Chili Garlic Sauce: Ensure your chili garlic sauce is vegan-friendly and free from any non-plant-based additives. It can typically be found in the international foods aisle or near the BBQ sauce section of grocery stores.

Can I use homemade vegan meatballs? Yes, these homemade Vegan Lentil Meatballs work wonderfully in this recipe. You can also use these Impossible Meatballs for a meaty flavor and texture. For a plant-based option, these Chickpea Balls are perfect! Just make sure they are fully cooked before adding to the slow cooker.

Looking down on a plate of vegan meatballs, one is skewered with a toothpick.

What Makes This Recipe Shine?

  • Flavor: Elevate your taste buds with the irresistible combination of grape jelly, BBQ sauce, and chili garlic sauce.
  • Convenience: Effortlessly whip up a crowd-pleasing dish with just a few simple ingredients and your trusty slow cooker.
  • Versatility: Whether served as an appetizer, main course, or party snack, these vegan meatballs are sure to impress with their delicious flavor and tender texture.
Looking down on a crockpot full of sauce and vegan meatballs.

Frequently-Asked Questions

Can I prepare this recipe ahead of time?

Absolutely! You can prepare the sauce and meatballs ahead of time and store them separately in the refrigerator until ready to cook. Alternatively, you can cook the meatballs in the sauce, then transfer them to an airtight container and refrigerate for 1 to 2 days. Then preheat before serving.

Can I make this recipe gluten-free?

Yes, you can use gluten-free vegan meatballs and BBQ sauce to make this recipe gluten-free.

Marly’s Tips

  • Use a silicone liner or non-stick cooking spray in your slow cooker for easy cleanup.
  • For a spicier kick, add extra chili garlic sauce to taste.
  • Serve with toothpicks for a convenient party appetizer.

Serving Suggestions

Serve these tasty meatballs with your favorite side dishes such as:

  • Serve saucy meatballs with cooked sticky brown rice or noodles for a hearty meal.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions or sesame seeds for added flavor and visual appeal.
  • Pair with a side of steamed vegetables or a crisp salad for a balanced meal.
  • Make it a game-day treat by using these meatballs on your next vegan meatball sub sandwich.

Storage Tips

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3-4 days. To freeze, place cooked meatballs in a freezer-safe container or bag, and store for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before reheating.

A hand holds a vegan jelly meatball on a toothpick. There is a bite out of the meatball and more meatballs behind it.

More Vegan Appetizers

If you love these vegan meatballs with grape jelly sauce as an appetizer, here are more plant-based appetizers to try:

Vegan grape jelly meatballs are stacked high on a plate.

Vegan Crockpot Grape Jelly Meatballs

These vegan crockpot grape jelly meatballs are a delightful fusion of sweet and savory flavors. Perfectly seasoned meatballs are smothered in a luscious sauce made with grape jelly, BBQ sauce, and chili garlic sauce, creating a mouthwatering dish that's sure to impress.
5 from 1 vote
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Resting time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 213kcal


  • 32 vegan meatballs (see notes for ideas)
  • 1 cup grape jelly
  • 1 ½ cups bbq sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chili garlic sa


  • Add all the auce ingredients s into a slow cooker. Stir to combine. Then add the meatballs. Stir gently to coat them.
    Looking down on a crockpot full of sauce and vegan meatballs.
  • Cover the slow cooker, turn it up to low heat, and cook for 3 to 4 hours, until the meatballs are cooked through.

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Calories: 213kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 3g | Saturated Fat: 0.4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 0.5g | Sodium: 725mg | Potassium: 201mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 27g | Vitamin A: 80IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 39mg | Iron: 1mg

The nutrition information shown is an estimate provided by an online nutrition calculator and should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.

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