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Cocktail Meatballs with Apricot Preserves


The slow cooker makes these tasty sweet-sour appetizer meatballs easy to prepare and serve.


  • 1 lb lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. mild pork sausage (or use all beef)
  • 2 cups soft bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 2 tbsp. fresh minced parsley or 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 2 tsp. salt
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic salt
  • Sauce:
  • 1 (12 oz) jar apricot preserves
  • 3/4 cup barbecue sauce


Combine beef, sausage, bread crumbs, eggs, onion, parsley, salt, and garlic salt; blend gently then shape with hands to form small meatballs. Brown in a large skillet or bake at 350° (on rack in baking pan) for 30 minutes, turning to brown both sides. Place browned meatballs in crockpot. Heat sauce; pour over meatballs. Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours. Can be served over rice as a main dish or as an appetizer with toothpicks.
Makes 4 to 5 dozen meatballs.

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