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Crockpot Cranberry and Orange meatballs - an easy, comforting meal with tender pork meatballs and a sweet and sour sauce. - Salt & Lavender

Crockpot Cranberry and Orange Meatballs

Sweet and sour cranberry and orange meatballs in the slow cooker.
Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword cranberry orange meatballs, Crockpot meatballs
Prep Time 25 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 25 minutes
Servings 6


For the Meatballs:

  • 2 pounds lean ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1/2 cup breadcrumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk (I used skim)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • Salt & pepper to taste

For the Sauce:

  • 1 (11.8 fluid ounce) can jellied cranberry sauce (I used Ocean Spray)
  • 1 (8.5 fluid ounce) jar orange marmalade
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauceServe with:
  • Jasmine rice
  • Spring onions chopped


  • In a large bowl, combine meatball ingredients, mixing gently with your hands and forming 1.5 inch balls (recipe should make 30-40). Set aside.
  • Add sauce ingredients into your slow cooker. Stir until mostly combined (it's ok if the cranberry jelly doesn't completely break up, it will once it cooks). Set on low heat.
  • Add meatballs to slow cooker. I find it works best to add a few at a time, and carefully mixing with the sauce as you go along so meatballs are coated.
  • Close lid and let cook for 5.5-6 hours on low or until meatballs are cooked through. I stir it periodically, but it's not necessary (i.e. if you're not home).
  • Serve with rice and chopped spring onions.