Snack the Night Away with These Tasty Meatballs

meatballs on a serving platterDo you have ground venison on hand, and are looking for a tasty appetizer to prepare for your New Year’s Eve get-together? Then you’ll want to try this delicious recipe for venison crockpot meatballs. These flavorful little bites are sure to be a hit – and we wouldn’t be surprised if you have a few requests for the recipe!

Crockpot Venison Meatballs

You will need:

  • 2 pounds ground venison
  • 1 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1 tbsp. minced garlic
  • 16 oz. blackberry or grape jelly
  • 12 oz. chili sauce
  • ¼ cup pineapple juice
  • ¼ cup light brown sugar


  • Add the venison, bread crumbs, eggs, and garlic together in a large mixing bowl. Using your hands, combine the ingredients until mixed thoroughly.
  • Make meatballs by scooping out a heaping tablespoon of the meat mixture, rolling it into a ball about the size of a golf ball. Place the meatballs in a baking dish, and bake in a 400º oven for 20 minutes. Let cool slightly before handling.
  • Place the cooked meatballs in the bottom of the crockpot. Once all the cooked meatballs are placed in the crockpot, add the jelly, chili sauce, pineapple juice, and brown sugar.
  • Place the lid on the crockpot, set it to high heat, and cook for 2-3 hours, checking every hour and gently stirring. If you notice the meatballs are getting too hot, you can reduce the heat to low and continue cooking.
  • When done, turn off the heat and serve.

Note: If you don’t have venison on hand, you can use one pound of ground beef and one pound of ground pork in place of the venison.

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