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Cranberry Sauerkraut Meatballs

I tried these meatballs at a birthday party for a friend, and now I make them all the time. They are super easy to make and perfect for a potluck or a Sunday afternoon football game. —Lisa Castelli, Pleasant Prairie, Wisconsin
  • Total Time
    Prep: 15 min. Cook: 4 hours
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 can (14 ounces) whole-berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 can (14 ounces) sauerkraut, rinsed and well drained
  • 1 bottle (12 ounces) chili sauce
  • 3/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 package (32 ounces) frozen fully cooked home-style meatballs, thawed
  • Minced chives, optional


  • In a 4-qt. slow cooker, combine the cranberry sauce, sauerkraut, chili sauce and brown sugar. Stir in meatballs. Cover and cook on low until heated through, 4-5 hours. If desired, top with chives to serve.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball with about 1 tablespoon sauce: 76 calories, 4g fat (2g saturated fat), 6mg cholesterol, 250mg sodium, 8g carbohydrate (6g sugars, 0 fiber), 2g protein.

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  • BobbysChicagoBAbe
    Jan 3, 2021

    My daughter and I liked it, my husband said it tasted too bar be cuey. Oh well, at least they didn't know about the sauerkraut! LOL! WIll save to make for a larger crowd.

  • LSWitz50
    Dec 25, 2020

    I make a recipe very similar to this. I start with the cranberry sauce and chili sauce, and then add a jar of hot pepper cranberry jelly to add a spicy zing to it. I also add about half a jar of apple jelly. I’ve never thought of adding sauerkraut, but I bet it’s good too. And I don’t need the brown sugar because of the sweetness of the jelly.

  • Marge
    Dec 25, 2020

    For all who don't like the stringy of the sauerkraut, I put everything but the meatballs in a bowl or kettle and give it a whirl with my immersion blender to make it smooth. Can also be put in a regular blender or food processor. No more strings !!!

  • joycerm53
    Sep 14, 2020

    Delicious!! I also double everything except the sauerkraut as other reviewers have said. Great potluck dinner dish. Even people who say they do not like sauerkraut, like this dish. Joyce Moynihan, Volunteer Field Editor.

  • K
    Nov 10, 2019

    As another reviewer suggested, you can double the meatballs and sauce but keep the SK the same, and you'll be happy. I did so. And, it should go without saying that you don't need to thaw the frozen meatballs for a dish which is cooking for hours! Iv'e made twice, and there was ZERO difference between frozen and thawed meatballs (same brand). I did, however, think it was much better with more meatballs ratio.

  • Melissa
    Oct 27, 2019

    Best meatball recipe. I get requests to make these all the time

  • Jillmcjazz
    Jan 17, 2016

    I usually double everything in this recipe except the sauerkraut (I use only 14 oz) and these meatballs have become a family favorite. So easy to make.

  • mrappoldt
    Sep 15, 2015

    Good and so easy.

  • ivorykeys
    Aug 6, 2014

    These have an amazing taste! So easy and fast to prepare the crockpot........great for getting it in the crockpot before work. I use this as a dinner meat not just an appetizer.

  • bridgetc2
    Jan 3, 2014

    Very tasty. If you don't like sauerkraut, don't let it deter you from trying these, you'll forget sauerkraut is even in there.