No-Fuss Beer BBQ Meatballs in the Slow Cooker

Barbecue Meatballs
Beer Barbecue Meatballs. Photo: Diana Rattray
  • 8 hrs 15 mins
  • Prep: 15 mins,
  • Cook: 8 hrs
  • Yield: 12 to 16 Servings
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Barbecued meatballs are great and they're even better in a homemade barbecue sauce that includes beer. That's exactly what you'll find with this easy recipe and it's all done in the slow cooker, so it's even easier.

These barbecued meatballs are made with frozen prepared meatballs, though you can also use your own homemade meatball recipe. The sauce is made from scratch and it's very simple. All you need is ketchup, red wine vinegar, onions, and a few common spices. There's also beer, which gives it a great flavor.

This recipe makes about 96 meatballs but can easily be cut in half if you need to feed just a few people. It's a great recipe for game day parties, picnics, or anytime you just feel like eating delicious barbecue meatballs.

What You'll Need

  • 3 pounds frozen meatballs
  • 2 medium onions, cut in wedges
  • 1 bottle beer (12 ounces)
  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar

How to Make It

  1. Place the frozen meatballs in the bottom of your slow cooker.
  2. Add the onions, beer, ketchup, and red wine vinegar along with all the seasonings.
  3. Stir well to ensure everything is thoroughly combined.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 8 to 10 hours.

To speed up the cooking time, set the slow cooker on high and the meatballs should be ready in 4 or 5 hours.

If you choose to make your own meatballs, brown them in the oven or a skillet before adding them to the slow cooker.

How Many People Will This Feed?

Three pounds of frozen meatballs will include approximately 96 meatballs and this can feed quite a few people. Some people enjoy many meatballs while others like just a few, so it's hard to say exactly how many people you can feed.

To give you a general idea, if everyone eats eight meatballs a piece, then you can serve twelve people. At a party, guests may only eat four meatballs because of all the other food available. This means that the recipe will serve about 24 people. 

Explore More Tasty Meatball Recipes

If you cannot get enough meatballs in your life, there are more recipes to try. These tasty little morsels can take on a traditional taste and be served with spaghetti and marinara for dinner. You might also want to get a little adventurous and enjoy a meatball recipe with a hint of fruit or spice. They're all delicious options.