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Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Everyone needs a good meatball recipe and these slow cooker spicy meatballs are delicious!

Whether you love sweet and spicy meatballs for an appetizer or want to use them in a meal, these are easy to make and definitely yummy.

Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs in Sauce

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Use beef or turkey meatballs and add a delicious sauce using honey, sriracha and soy sauce for that perfectly balanced flavor.

I love to top them with green onions and sesame seeds too. So good!

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs Shopping List

Below are the items you will need to make the meatballs.

I use my Crockpot for these so they have lots of time to simmer and let the flavors merge.

You will need:

  • Frozen fully cooked beef meatballs (or turkey)
  • Light brown sugar
  • Honey
  • Jalapeno ketchup
  • Sriracha sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Garlic, minced
  • Green onions or chopped cilantro, optional
hand holding a meatball on a toothpick with sauce and green onion garnish

What to Serve with Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Meatballs make a great addition to any buffet next to a charcuterie board or on your game day table, and they are so good to snack on.

That said, if you want to make them into a meal, here are a few ways to serve them.

  • Over rice – white rice makes a great base for these meatballs and balances out that extra kick! I make mine in the Instant Pot and it’s perfect every time!
  • With green beans or broccoli – throw in some fresh veggies during the last 20-30 minutes of cooking and enjoy!
  • In a bun – steam up some rolls or get fancy and make some Bao Buns for a dinner that is sure to please.
Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs on plate

Don’t forget dessert! Finish off with a delicious fudge brownie or slice of heavenly pound cake!

You can thank me later.

How to make Sweet and Spicy Meatballs in a Slow Cooker

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Yield: About 60 meatballs
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes

Delicious sweet and spicy meatballs are a great appetizer but they make a great meal too! Serve with green beans over rice and top with green onions for a hearty dinner.


  • 2 pounds frozen fully cooked beef meatballs
  • 1⁄2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1⁄4 cup honey
  • 1 cup jalapeno ketchup
  • 3 tablespoons sriracha sauce
  • 1⁄4 cup soy sauce
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • Green onions or cilantro (optional)


  1. Place meatballs in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, sriracha, soy sauce and garlic until combined.
  3. Pour the sauce over the frozen meatballs and toss to fully coat the meatballs.
  4. Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  5. Serve garnished with sliced green onions or chopped cilantro over rice or alone as an appetizer
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 8
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 165Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 19mgSodium: 757mgCarbohydrates: 28gFiber: 2gSugar: 24gProtein: 6g

Nutrition information is estimated and may vary based on products used. Please verify with your ingredients.

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