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Slow Cooker Pork Meatballs

Instead of grabbing a bag of frozen meatballs, follow this recipe for insanely easy slow cooker pork meatballs that are perfect for potlucks, entertaining and even dinner at home.

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 8 hours
Total Time 8 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 378kcal


  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 egg
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup apricot preserves
  • 1 teaspoon deli mustard


  • Mix together breadcrumbs and milk and set aside for 5 minutes
  • Spray slow cooker with nonstick cooking spray
  • Gently mix all meatball ingredients in bowl until just evenly combined
  • Form meat mixture into rounds around the size of ping pong balls and place in single layer in slow cooker
  • Mix together sauce ingredients in separate bowl and then pour over meatballs
  • Cook on high 4-5 hours or low 7-8 hours


  • Meatballs cooked in the slow cooker will be tender and juicy instead of crispy
  • Ground pork produces a lot of grease, so if serving at a gathering you may want to transfer to a platter for better presentation
  • Prep ahead:  prepare raw meatballs, place (not touching) on parchment-lined baking sheet in freezer, 1-2 hours before transferring to freezer bag or container
  • Store in freezer up to 3 months, thaw before cooking
  • Let cool completely then store in air tight containers in fridge up to 3 days 


Calories: 378kcal | Carbohydrates: 12g | Protein: 22g | Fat: 26g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 124mg | Sodium: 876mg | Potassium: 488mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 306IU | Vitamin C: 6mg | Calcium: 53mg | Iron: 2mg