Posted by: SV | December 12, 2008

Spicy Sweet Meatballs

Just in time for holiday parties and potlucks!! In the spirit of keeping things simple for holiday get-togethers, the focus here is on the sauce. Simple, that is, if you elect to buy prepared meatballs. For those of you who know me, you know I’m a big Costco fan. I happen to think Kirkland meatballs, Costco store brand, are quite good and especially amazing when you are feeding a crowd!

This recipe provides about 6 cups of sauce for 6 pounds of cooked meatballs (~140 meatballs). You can certainly halve the recipe for 3 pounds of meatballs, for example. The inspiration for this recipe is from the commonly known Swedish meatballs made with grape jelly and kicked up with my favorite pantry items.

Spicy Sweet Meatballs

(Serves 15-20)


  • Your favorite brand of prepared meatballs, 6 lbs


  • 1.5 cup strawberry (or grape) jelly
  • 1 tbsp Worchestershire sauce
  • 2 tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
  • ½ cup hoisin sauce
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 2 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp of crushed black pepper
  • 1 tsp Sriracha sauce (or Tobasco sauce)
  • 1 lemon, juiced
  • 3 cup chicken stock
  • 1 cup cold water
  • 4 tbsp cornstarch

1. Prepare meatballs according to package direction. Typically, in oven heated to 375 for 15 minutes, until lightly brown. When fully cooked, place cooked meatballs into a crockpot or a large roasting pan.

2. In a 4 quart sauce pan, whisk together ingredients listed from strawberry jelly to chicken stock. Skip or reduce the amount of Sriracha sauce if you are concern about the spiciness. You can always add more to reach desired spiciness as the sauce is being cooked. Bring the sauce to a slow simmer.

3. In a bowl, combine the cold water and cornstarch. Slowly whisk the dissolved cornstarch mixture into the simmering sauce pan. Once incorporated, bring the sauce to a boil so that it thickens. Maintain the sauce over a slow simmer until meatballs are finished.

4. Pour the sauce slowly over the meatballs in the crockpot or roasting pan. Gently stir to incorporate the meatballs and the sauce. If using a crockpot, cook on low for 4 hours. If using a roasting pan, cover with foil and place into a 200 oven for 2-3 hours, occasionally stirring.


Spicy Sweet Meatballs, originally uploaded by simpleviet.




  1. Hmm.. you take such nice pictures, I’m surprised your blog hasn’t really been discovered by many..

  2. Glad you like the pix! Feel free to pass on the word to your friends.

  3. WOW that picture looks delicious!! i’m gonna make some asap !
    thank you for posting up the recipe

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