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Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

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Get ready for flavor-packed Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs! These juicy meatballs are drenched in a mouthwatering grape jelly sauce, all made effortlessly in your Instant Pot. No fancy chef skills required—just deliciousness in every bite.

Elevate your snacking game with these easy and easy Grape Jelly Meatballs, perfect for any occasion!

Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs

Why You’ll Love This Recipe?

  • Instant Pot Ease: Effortless cooking with quick and tender results.
  • Sweet-Savory Bliss: Grape jelly + savory meatballs = irresistibly delicious.
  • Anytime, Anywhere: Versatile dish for any occasion—appetizers, main course, or snacks.

Recipe Ingredients

How To Make Instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs?

You won’t spend a lot of time prepping or cooking these party meatballs. Just follow the steps below!

Instant Pot Party Meatballs

Step One: Combine Ingredients

Throw your meatballs, BBQ sauce, and grape jelly into the inner pot. Stir to combine making sure the meatballs are fully covered.

Step Two: Prep And Seal The Instant Pot

Next, put the lid on your Instant Pot and make sure its secure. Set your steam release valve on the lid to the “sealing” position.

Step Three: Pressure Cook

Press the manual or pressure cook button your Instant Pot and set it to 5 minutes.

Step Four: Quick Release Pressure

After the pot beeps, do a quick release by flipping the valve on the lid to the “venting” position.

Step Five: Stir Grape Jelly Meatballs

Open the lid and stir the meatballs well in the sauce to completely coat them. Serve and enjoy!

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Cooking Tips

Along the way, I have found some tips and tricks to make this recipe even smoother.

  • Combine BBQ Sauce And Grape Jelly First. I have found that mixing the BBQ sauce and grape jelly together in a bowl first makes it easy to coat the meatballs evenly.
  • Add A Little Water. Most of the time the BBQ sauce and grape jelly is enough “liquid” to prevent a burn notice, but sometimes it gets stuck on the bottom as it heats up. To avoid a burn notice, add 1/2 cup of water to the inner pot before you pressure cook.
  • Don’t Panic. If you do get a burn notice, don’t panic. Simply release the pressure, open the Instant Pot and add in another 1/2 cup of water, deglaze the bottom of the inner pot, and try again.
  • Add Toothpicks. To make these meatballs true party meatballs, add a toothpick to each meatball so your guests can easily grab them.
Instant Pot Party Meatballs


  • Chili-Grape Fusion: Mix sweet chili sauce with grape jelly for a zesty base.Let the Instant Pot create a mouthwatering twist to classic meatballs.
  • Citrusy Delight: Elevate the dish with a unique twist by using orange marmalade, adding a delightful citrusy flavor to the mix.
  • Try Turkey Meatballs: Swap traditional meatballs for turkey ones in the Instant Pot.
  • Cranberry Twist: For a festive touch, consider adding cranberry sauce to the grape jelly meatball glaze.

What To Serve With This Recipe?

  • Rice: White or brown rice to absorb the flavorful sauce.
  • Baguette Slices: Crusty bread or baguette slices for easy dipping.
  • Vegetable Skewers: Grilled or roasted vegetable skewers for freshness.
  • Coleslaw: A refreshing coleslaw to balance the sweetness.
  • Cheese Platter: A selection of cheeses, crackers, and fruits for a varied experience.
  • Fried Rice: Grape jelly meatballs served over a bed of fried rice for a complete meal.


Can I Make My Own Meatballs?

Absolutely! If you want to add more flavor to your meatballs, you can use ground beef to roll your own. Make small homemade meatballs using your ground beef. Then, you will follow the directions below, but set the time for 7 minutes instead of 5.

Do I Have to Use Grape Jelly?

We use grape jelly with our BBQ sauce because it gives the meatballs a sweeter taste. It also helps to make a thicker sauce that covers the meatballs perfectly. However, you can skip the grape jelly and just use BBQ sauce instead.

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Can I Use Frozen Meatballs in the Instant Pot?

Yes, you sure can. If you wis to cook Instant Pot frozen meatballs then you’ll just need to add an extra 4 minutes to the cook time when pressure cooking in the instant pot.

Can You Slow Cook Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs?

Yes, you can slow cook Instant Pot BBQ meatballs by placing pre-cooked or raw meatballs in a slow cooker, covering them with your favorite BBQ sauce, and cooking on low for 4-6 hours until fully flavored and cooked.

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Instant Pot Party Meatballs

Yield: 3-4
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

This Instant Pot Recipe is good to serve on any occasions.


  • 2lbs Meatballs, frozen
  • 2 cups BBQ Sauce of choice
  • 1 cup Grape Jelly


  1. Place all ingredients in your Instant Pot and stir well to combine.
  2. Secure the lid on your Instant Pot and set to manual pressure for 5 minutes.
  3. Quick release.
  4. Stir the meatballs well in the sauce to coat, then serve.
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 3 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 1390Total Fat: 68gSaturated Fat: 23gTrans Fat: 2gUnsaturated Fat: 38gCholesterol: 200mgSodium: 3971mgCarbohydrates: 154gFiber: 9gSugar: 112gProtein: 45g

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  1. We make meatballs regularly and love trying different recipes! Haven’t tried one with grape jelly before. Excited to try.

  2. These sound delicious. We like to snack on things like this during movie night so I’ll keep the meatballs in mind.

  3. These sound like tasty bites, perfect for BBQ’s and parties. The sound like they would be full of flavour.

  4. That seems to be a really nice, quick, and convenient recipe amd perfect for those instant parties too.

  5. These look amazing. They would be great for some get togethers I plan to have soon. I’ll have to try this out and see. We do love meatballs.

  6. This looks really good. My kids love meatballs and they could eat them forever. I’m sure gonna make this for them.

  7. This sounds like a wonderful way to make meatballs, I love that you can do so much in an instant pot just wow!

  8. What a fun idea! Meatballs are always a crowd pleaser and this would be a convenient party food.

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