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Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

These meatballs are always a major hit, and are usually completely devoured the same day. No leftovers with these babies!

Cranberry Meatballs

With good reason, cause they’re delicious. And did I mention, easy?
I’m not usually a big meatball fan (of eating them or making them), but even I can handle this. 

Now, I should mention that this recipes says it will yield 40 meatballs, but that’s more of an at least statement. At least 40 meatballs. Because there were 40 when I counted as I was putting them into the sauce. . . . We had each already sampled at least one by then. Yes, they were that good. 

Sweet & Spicy Cranberry Meatballs

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes

Total Time: 40 minutes

Yield: 40


  • Meatballs:
  • 2 1/2 lbs ground beef
  • 1 1/4 cups breadcrumbs
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/4 cup dried cranberries, chopped
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste
  • Sauce:
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 teaspoon yellow mustard
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons apple cider vinegar
  • 1 can of whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 tablespoon hot sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon orange zest
  • 1/4 cup water
  • Salt, to taste
  • Pepper, to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 350F degrees.
  2. In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, breadcrumbs, eggs, chopped dried cranberries, garlic powder, parsley, salt, and pepper.
  3. Shape into balls about 1 to 1 1/2 inches in size. Should make at least 40 meatballs.
  4. Place meatballs on a rack that has been lightly sprayed with cooking oil in a shallow baking pan.
  5. Bake for about 20 minutes or until centers are no longer pink.
  6. Remove from oven and place on a paper towel to drain.
  7. Sauce:
  8. In a medium sized saucepan, combine the ketchup, mustard, brown sugar, apple cider vinegar, cranberry sauce, hot sauce, orange zest, water, salt, and pepper.
  9. Cook on medium heat, whisking occasionally, until the jelly from the cranberry sauce has melted and the sugar has dissolved.
  10. Add meatballs to sauce, stirring gently to make sure each one is covered with it. Once the meatballs are heated through, enjoy.
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