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photo of the finished skewered crockpot meatballs by top Houston lifestyle blogger Ashley Rose of Sugar & Cloth
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5 from 8 votes

Slow Cooker Apple Cider Easy Meatballs Recipe

Short on time? This meatballs recipe only requires 5 ingredients that you just throw in a crock pot! Easy, right?!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Course: Bites
Cuisine: American
Keyword: appetizers, apples, crock pot, meatballs, slow cooker, sugar and cloth
Servings: 16
Calories: 146kcal


  • Slow cooker
  • Skewers
  • Food picks (optional for skewering)


  • 30-50 frozen meatballs approximately 2 bags frozen
  • 2 1/4 cups apple cider vinegar
  • 3/4 cup Grade A maple syrup
  • 4 tbsp brown sugar
  • dash of salt and pepper for seasoning
  • 3 chopped apples for skewering onto the meatballs


  • Combine the meatballs, apple cider vinegar, maple syrup, brown sugar and chopped apples into a slow cooker. 
  • Cook on medium heat for 4 hours.
  • Reduce heat to low to keep warm and to let the meatballs soak up additional juices. 
  • Skewer the meatballs with an apple chunk and drizzle with additional brown sugar to taste or serve them straight from the slow cooker to keep warm as well. 


Serves 12-16 as an appetizer.


Calories: 146kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 19mg | Sodium: 19mg | Potassium: 174mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 18IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 27mg | Iron: 1mg