Looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer that’s sweet, spicy, and tangy? Try these Secret Ingredient Potluck Meatballs! These balls of delight are made with a secret ingredient that might surprise you: yummy grape jelly! This unexpected ingredient combines with tangy barbecue sauce and spicy cayenne pepper to create a delicious sauce surprise that’s pleasing to all the senses. Simply toss the ingredients into your crockpot and let them simmer together until the meatballs are tender and juicy. These Secret Ingredient Potluck Meatballs are perfect for any potluck or gathering and are sure to be a hit with everyone!

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  • 1 (48-65-ounce) bag meatballs
  • 32 ounces barbeque sauce
  • 32 ounces grape jelly
  • 3 teaspoons cayenne pepper


Step 1 –In a large slow cooker, combine the meatballs, the barbeque sauce, the jelly, and the cayenne pepper and stir to mix well.

Step 2 –Cook the meatballs until they are heated through and the sauce is bubbly, on high heat for 4 hours.

Step 3 –Serve.