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Sweet and Sour Meatballs III Recipe
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs III

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"Slow cooked sweet and sour meatballs with a twist. These meatballs sound strange, but become addicting. They give new meaning to sweet & sour! Enjoy!"

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Original recipe makes 12 servings Change Servings
  • PREP

    10 mins
  • COOK

    3 hrs

    3 hrs 10 mins


  1. In a medium bowl, mix sauerkraut, jellied cranberry sauce, brown sugar and spaghetti sauce.
  2. Place meatballs in a slow cooker set to low. Cover with the sauerkraut mixture. Cook 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally.
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Jan 03, 2005

Wow- okay, I'm the child of a chef, have been to the very finest restaurants and am very cautious about making a new recipe for guests without giving it a test drive with the family BUT... this was the hit of my party. Don't be afraid to try it especially with all the ingredients that don't seem like they would be appealing together. ENJOY!

Most Helpful Critical Review
Dec 02, 2005

I think I may be the only 3 star rating thus far, but I'm sorry I wasn't that impressed with these meatballs. The sauce is a very very mild "sweet and sour" but you really have to "taste" for the sour. As other reviewers noted, it is very sweet. So to the reviewer with the picky eater husband who complained they were too sweet, he was right on. I really wanted something with more kick. I should have tried one of the recipes with the chili sauce. I brought this to a potluck last night and brought home more than half the meatballs, so that should explain itself. I'll keep looking for a better recipe.

Jun 28, 2010

I got this recipe from my mom 40 years ago - served over rice it tastes just like stuffed cabbage! You can substitute a jar of grape jelly for the cranberry sauce, use whole-berry cranberry sauce, etc. My only real change is to use a pinch to 2 tbsp. brown sugar if any - 1/2 cup is way too much because of all the sugar in the cranberry sauce!

Mar 10, 2003

I was not to sure about trying this recipe since I hate sauerkraut but I thought I would give it a try. We LOVED it. I took it to a potluck and I brought none home (too bad). We will be using this recipe a lot and it is worth trying.

Mar 29, 2007

I made this for a party and got rave reviews plus a empty crock pot. Everyone loved them. At first I was unsure how they would be with the ingredients but they were great!!!!!

Dec 18, 2006

I really loved this recipie. And I hate saurkraut!!I added 1/2 cup of ketchup and 1/4 cup of honey to this. It was soooo good my 5&7 year olds loved it too. Served it over steamed white Jasmine rice.

Dec 12, 2005

I tried these out on my picky family, and I must say, the pickiest of them all now calls this her favorite dish! She gets so excited when I tell her we are having this for dinner! I serve it on top of white rice, with spring rolls and sauteed stir fry veggies on the side! A total hit and totally easy for this working and VERY busy Mom!

Dec 12, 2005

Easy and excellent! Everyone loved these at my holiday party--my 10 year old daughter to friends who are great cooks. I think I used too much tomato sauce, but it was still good. I bought frozen meatballs, let them defrost a little bit and then browned on medium heat first for ten minutes while I made the sauce. I was running short on time, so I put the slow cooker on high for about 90 minutes and as soon as the sauce had a fairly smooth consistency and the meatballs were cooked all the way, I turned it to low for the rest of the night. For vegetarians, they do make seitan "meat"balls (which I made a seperate batch of on the stove), but I think you would be better off with "meatless" sausage links with this sauce if you have to go vegetarian.


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  • Calories
  • 357 kcal
  • 18%
  • Carbohydrates
  • 34.9 g
  • 11%
  • Cholesterol
  • 95 mg
  • 32%
  • Fat
  • 15.2 g
  • 23%
  • Fiber
  • 2.3 g
  • 9%
  • Protein
  • 19.8 g
  • 40%
  • Sodium
  • 477 mg
  • 19%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.

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