Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs Recipe
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Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs Recipe

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Hot appetizers don't come much easier than this recipe. It's so popular I usually double the recipe if I have a larger crock pot. You can vary the meats to suit your family's tastes, or increase the heat factor by using a spicier barbecue or spaghetti sauce. Serve with fancy party picks. —Andrea Chamberlain, Macedon, New York
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES:12 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 5 min. Cook: 3 hours
MAKES: 12 servings


  • 1 package (12 ounces) frozen fully cooked Italian meatballs
  • 1 package (16 ounces) miniature hot dogs or smoked sausages
  • 1 package (3-1/2 ounces) sliced pepperoni
  • 1 jar (24 ounces) pasta sauce
  • 1 bottle (18 ounces) barbecue sauce
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 272 calories, 17g fat (6g saturated fat), 33mg cholesterol, 1697mg sodium, 21g carbohydrate (16g sugars, 2g fiber), 9g protein


  1. In a 5-qt. slow cooker, combine all ingredients. Cover and cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through. Yield: 8 cups.
Originally published as Mini Hot Dogs 'n' Meatballs in Quick Cooking January/February 2006, p56

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Reviewed Dec. 10, 2012

"i agree it does help to read what the submitter writes and the directions. but i also agree it should have been put in the recipe about the party picks. i am a seasoned cook so i can read a recipe and guess what needs to be done. but for those that cant the whole directions are needed and just bcuz someone doesnt know how to do it dont mean someone needs to make such rude comments. some people in this world need to be more considerate but im also glad there are still nice sweet people in this world. WHAT U DO WITH THIS RECIPE FOR THOSE THAT DONT UNDERSTAND IT U PUT EVERYTHING IN THE CROCK POT AS DIRECTED THEN WHEN U SERVE IT U PUT A MEATBALL, PEPPERONI AND LITTLE SMOKIE ON A PARTY STICK ARRANGE IT ON A SERVING PLATTER. DO EACH ONE LIKE THAT :)"

Reviewed Aug. 30, 2012

"Made this for the first time for co-workers for a pot luck. Everyone loved it and asked for the recipe. The second time I made it I used a stick of pepperoni and cut thicker slices instead of using the bags of presliced. I liked it much better."

Reviewed Feb. 28, 2012

"I made a really big batch of these, & everyone loved them!! We were having quite a few young children over that night so I didn't want to make them too hot, I used ketchup & garlic BBQ sauce. I got quite e few compliments! Everyone wanted to know where I got the recipe!"

Reviewed Feb. 7, 2012

"Yummy. Big hit with the guys and kids. I don't believe crab filled endive leaves would have been better for a super bowl party. I think this forum is to comment and give tweaks possibly on THIS recipe?"

Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012


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