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Lazy Sweet and Sour Slow Cooker Meatballs Recipe

Slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs are tangy and scrumptious. Perfect to serve as an appetizer, game day snack, or even an entree! Kosher for Passover option included.
Prep Time30 mins
Cook Time8 hrs
Total Time8 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer, dinner, lunch, Side Dish
Cuisine: Jewish
Keyword: Chicken meatballs, crockpot meatlballs, crockpot sweet and sour meatballs, slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs, sweet and sour meatballs
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 485kcal




  • 3 lbs ground beef lean beef is best
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 small onion grated
  • 1 small potato grated
  • ½ cup bread crumbs or matzo meal


  • 38 oz ketchup
  • water
  • cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup raisins


  • Start by spraying slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray


  • Add ketchup, brown sugar and raisins directly into slow cooker vessel
    38 oz ketchup, ⅔ cup brown sugar, ½ cup raisins
  • Fill empty 38 oz ketchup bottle with water. Shake and add to slow cooker contents
  • Stir ingredients and turn pot on to high with the lid off to start to warm sauce while you make the meatballs


  • Place ground beef into a mixing bowl
    3 lbs ground beef
  • Add eggs, onion, potato and matzo meal or bread crumbs to bowl and mix well
    2 eggs, 1 small onion, 1 small potato, ½ cup bread crumbs
  • Use meat mixture to form golf ball sized meatballs, adding them into the warming sauce as you go
  • When all meat has been made in to meatballs and put in the pot, spoon some of the sauce over the top few meatballs that are not submerged.
  • Cook on high for at least 4 hours or low for at least 8 Hours. Meatballs are considered safe to eat when they reach an internal temperature of 160°F
  • Optional step: open lid one or twice (but no more) to stir gently so that all meatballs are covered evenly with sauce. Be careful when you stir as some of the meatballs can start to break apart.


To make with premade meatballs, place frozen, cooked meatballs directly into sauce as directed above.  
Turkey meatballs would work with this recipe as well.  


Calories: 485kcal | Carbohydrates: 48g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 24g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 10g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 108mg | Sodium: 940mg | Potassium: 712mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 501IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 61mg | Iron: 3mg