I was on the ball and got my super easy Sweet N’ Sour meatballs in the crockpot this morning. That’s a great day to start the day as I feel like I’ve accomplished something worthwhile before I see the bottom of my first cup of coffee! Around 1:30 it occurred to me that I wasn’t smelling supper and that was very strange. That’s when I discovered it … 

My crockpot – slow cooker – Dear Hammy was dead. 
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Thankfully, I have a much smaller crockpot and I was able to dump our dinner, which JUST barely fit, into Hammy Jr. I cranked it up to HIGH for 4 hours and voila!

Years ago I collected recipes from all my cousins, aunts, grandma, and my mom from my mom’s side of the family, and I made us all “Lester Cookbooks.”  One of my cousins included a recipe for Little Smokies that included grape jelly and chili sauce. Yum! Then I found a similar recipe on Pinterest. I modified both recipes to bring you our version of Sweet N’ Sour Meatballs …

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1 6-pound bag of frozen meatballs (I get mine at Sam’s club)

32 ounce jar of grape jelly (I use storebrand)

1 12-ounce jar of chili sauce

1/2 cup of worcestershire sauce



In a small bowl, whisk the jelly, chili sauce, and worcestershire sauce.

Dump all the meatballs into your crockpot.

Pour sauce over the top.

Cook on LOW for 7-8  or on HIGH for 3-4 hours.

Serve over rice (we use brown). Add a green vegetable and you can feed a huge crowd! I plan to freeze half of these and the kids can pull them out for summer lunches.

I will be replacing … Sniff … gulp … Hammy this week. Prepare to meet the newest member of our appliance family next week!


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