Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

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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

4.67 from 3 votes
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.
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 4 hours
Total: 4 hours 5 minutes
Yield: 10 servings (about 60 meatballs)


  • 2 pounds frozen fully cooked beef meatballs
  • 1/4 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


  • Place meatballs in a 4 quart slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, honey, ketchup, sriracha, soy sauce and garlic until combined.
  • Pour the sauce over the frozen meatballs and toss to fully coat the meatballs.
  • Cook on low for 5-6 hours or high for 2-3 hours.
  • Serve garnished with sliced green onions or chopped cilantro over rice or alone as an appetizer


Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for 3-5 days.


Serving: 1serving, Calories: 336kcal, Carbohydrates: 25g, Protein: 16g, Fat: 19g, Saturated Fat: 7g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g, Monounsaturated Fat: 9g, Cholesterol: 65mg, Sodium: 699mg, Potassium: 368mg, Fiber: 0.2g, Sugar: 23g, Vitamin A: 136IU, Vitamin C: 5mg, Calcium: 29mg, Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American

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