Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites Recipe

Slow Cooker Sausage and Meatball Bites
Better Homes and Gardens

This easy slow cooker recipe for sausage and meatball bites makes a great appetizer. It also comes with ten amazing sauces that you can serve with it so that you’re basically getting ten recipes in one! Eat this alone, or pick one of the options below. 

Adapted from "Better Homes and Gardens New Cookbook." 


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In a 3 ½ - or 4-quart slow cooker combine cranberry sauce and mustard. Stir in meatballs and sausage. Cover and cook on low-heat setting for 4-5 hours or on high-heat setting for 2-2 ½ hours. Serve immediately. Keep warm on warm- or low-heat setting up to 1 hour. Serve with picks.


10 Great Sauces

1. Five-Spice: Omit cranberry sauce and mustard; add 1 cup sweet-and-sour sauce and ½ teaspoon five-spice powder to cooker before adding meat. 

2. Italian: Omit cranberry sauce and mustard; add 1½ cups marinara sauce and ₁⁄₃ cup grated Parmesan cheese to cooker before adding meat. 

3. Mango-Chipotle: Add 1-2 teaspoons chopped chipotle peppers in adobo sauce and ½ cup chopped mango to cranberry mixture.

4. Spicy: Add 1 small finely chopped, seeded jalapeño pepper to cranberry mixture.

5. Orange: Add one 11-ounce can mandarin orange sections (drained) and ½ cup orange marmalade to cranberry mixture. 

6. Apricot: Add ½ cup apricot preserves and ½ cup snipped dried apricots to cranberry mixture. 

7. Jerk: Omit cranberry sauce and mustard; add one 8-ounce can crushed pineapple (undrained), ½ cup barbecue sauce, and 1 teaspoon Jamaican jerk seasoning to cooker before adding meat. 

8. Maple: Add 1 tablespoon maple syrup to cranberry mixture. 

9. Barbecue: Omit cranberry sauce and mustard; add 1¼ cups barbecue sauce and 1 tablespoon honey to cooker before adding meat. 

10. Polynesian: Omit cranberry sauce and mustard; add ₂⁄₃ cup pineapple preserves, ¼ cup honey, 2 tablespoons lemon juice, and 1 teaspoon ground ginger to cooker before adding meat.


Calories per serving:

255 calories

Dietary restrictions:

Kidney Friendly, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Wheat Free, Egg Free, Milk Free, Peanut Free, Tree Nut Free, Soy Free, Fish Free, Shellfish Free, Alcohol Free, No Oil Added

Daily value:



  • Fat 204g 314%
  • Carbs 159g 53%
  • Saturated 69g 345%
  • Fiber 5g 18%
  • Trans 6g
  • Sugars 155g
  • Monounsaturated 85g
  • Polyunsaturated 23g
  • Protein 149g 298%
  • Cholesterol 640mg 213%
  • Sodium 3,937mg 164%
  • Calcium 143mg 14%
  • Magnesium 160mg 40%
  • Potassium 2,743mg 78%
  • Iron 15mg 81%
  • Zinc 28mg 189%
  • Phosphorus 1,360mg 194%
  • Vitamin A 149µg 17%
  • Vitamin C 8mg 13%
  • Thiamin (B1) 1mg 86%
  • Riboflavin (B2) 1mg 85%
  • Niacin (B3) 44mg 220%
  • Vitamin B6 2mg 116%
  • Folic Acid (B9) 46µg 11%
  • Vitamin B12 14µg 231%
  • Vitamin D 7µg 2%
  • Vitamin E 8mg 42%
  • Vitamin K 14µg 17%
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