Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs

These Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs are coated with a combination of Musselman’s Apple Butter and barbecue sauce. They are such an easy and delicious appetizer!



For the big game, we always like to make a variety of appetizers.  I think its always nice to have less prep work and I really like using my crock pot to make appetizers.  This makes preparation so much easier and makes less work during the party. I don’t like to miss a second of the game, so I always like to have all of my appetizers done before hand.



When Musselman’s contacted me to make something for the big game using Musselman’s Apple Butter, I was not sure what I was going to make initially.  I had never made anything savory with apple butter before and have just made sweeter things.  I decided to make a savory appetizer using apple butter and knew that I wanted to make it easy to prepare.  I decided the Crock Pot would make it really easy and decided to make meatballs in the crock pot.  Meatballs are a great appetizer for any party, especially a football party.  I combined barbecue sauce and Musselman’s Apple Butter to make a delicious sauce for the meatballs.






These Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs tasted delicious.  We all really loved them, especially my son, he devoured them.  They were so easy to make, just mix 3 ingredients in the crock pot and let it cook for 2-3 hours.  It really cannot get any easier.  They also tasted fantastic.  The combination of the apple butter and the barbecue sauce tasted great and went really well with the meatballs.  I really think that the apple butter mellowed out the tangyness of the barbecue sauce. It added a lighter flavor, a little bit of apple flavor, but did not overwhelm the meatballs.



This is really the perfect appetizer for any party.  It is so easy to make and makes getting ready for a party even easier.  We plan on serving these for the big game this weekend.  I love that they taste delicious and I can get them ready easily before the game.  My whole family recommends these and I hope that you enjoy them!






Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs

Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs


  • 2 packages (16 ounces each) frozen meatballs (I used turkey meatballs), thawed
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup Musselman's Apple Butter


  1. Mix the barbecue sauce and the apple butter together in the crock pot until well blended.
  2. Add in the frozen meatballs and mix to combine with the sauce.
  3. Cook the meatballs on low for 2-3 hours.

Musselman’s is trying to put a spin on classic recipes using their Apple Butter.  They have even released a apple butter e-recipe book so that you can use their delicious apple butter in all sorts of classic recipes.

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I also have a giveaway for you today.  Musselman’s has graciously agreed to supply an Apple Butter gift package to one lucky winner.  One lucky winner will win 1 jar of Musselman’s Apple Butter, a Wilton Armetale Grillware Pizza Tray, and a recipe card so that you can make Caramelized Onion Bacon Pizza.
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  1. I would def make these yummy looking meatballs! Thanks for the chance! 🙂

  2. Leila Emeric says:

    I love meatballs and yours look so good! I would definitely try to make these myself. Thanks for the giveaway!

  3. i would make cinnamon apple muffins.

  4. Pam Gurganus says:

    I would make an apple cake!

  5. Debbie Pennington says:

    I have to try those meatballs , they look yummy 🙂

  6. I will surely try the meatballs and will add apple butter to my fresh apple cookie recipe.

  7. Christie Kammerer says:

    I love cheesecake so the Apple Butter Cheesecake is the option for me.

  8. rich morris says:

    I really want to make this: Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze

  9. Shannon Baas says:

    the meatballs look great.

  10. Gina Ferrell says:

    I would make a Apple Cinnamon Bread.

  11. I’d make the meatballs as I don’t have a recipe for them. Was t a dinner last night and couldn’t stop eating those little meatballs.

  12. alyce poalillo says:

    Pound cake with apple butter swirl. This recipe also looks good.

  13. Starr Greenwell says:

    I would use it for pork chops.

  14. Kathleen Ophelan says:

    I am a terrible cook. But after reading your meatball recipe I think I can pull it off. I would try it out!

  15. I would like to try this on some baked pork chops.

  16. Lorena Keech says:

    Nut bread

  17. Mya Murphy says:

    I would make some awesome cookies, pancakes and muffins!!

  18. I would make an apple cake!

  19. Debbie Pennington says:

    I’m thinking some fresh out of the oven biscuits , yummy

  20. I would make some apple muffins.

  21. Tracy L Davis says:

    I would use it on my toast.

  22. Mary Scavo says:

    I love applebutter on my pancakes! going to try your recipe for metballs and also use it with teeny weenies.

  23. I would make apple cake

  24. Tracie Trump says:

    Love to make some apple butter cupcakes!

  25. Those meatballs look pretty great

  26. I’m going to make Crock Pot Meatballs.

  27. Brittney House says:

    I would use it with my porkchops.

  28. I would make some biscuits! Then just enjoy apple butter and biscuits!

  29. Carolyn Gonzalez says:

    Pork chops glazed with apple butter

  30. Christine says:

    cinnamon apple muffins

  31. Penny Snyder says:

    I would love to make an apple nut cake with this!

  32. Stephanie Galbraith says:

    I would make the recipe you’ve got here.

  33. April Ellis says:

    I happen to be in the middle of a love affair with Apple butter, this would be a huge bonus!

  34. Jennifer Reed says:

    I would make the recipe for the Asian Chicken Sliders with Musselman’s Apple Butter from their site.

  35. Rebecca Graham says:

    I would make a cake with it.

  36. I would spread it on homemade biscuits

  37. Nicole Newby says:

    Honestly, I would love to try those meatballs! Definitely saving this recipe! Will let you know how it turns out!

  38. Paula Michele Hafner says:

    I would make cornbread to eat it on. It’s so good with a glass of cold milk.

  39. I would make the apple cinnamon buns recipe they have featured on their site.,

  40. I’d add the apple butter to my baked tarragon chicken breasts for extra moisture and oomph!

  41. Lynzee Mathews says:

    I would make a great classic… peanut butter and apple butter sandwich! Yum!

  42. Rebecca Lock says:

    I think I would make an apple cake.

  43. Debbie Pennington says:

    A apple coffee cake and a cup of coffee to share with my mother would be lovely ,

  44. Melanie Comello says:

    I would use it with smoked cocktail sausages! kind of like marinating them in BBQ sauces.

  45. Heather B says:

    I would like to try the Apple Cinnamon Buns

  46. These meatballs look amazing Alyssa! Pinned!

  47. Lisa Garner says:

    I want to make Apple Butter Snickerdoodles.

  48. I’d make some cookies.

  49. Paula Tavernie says:

    I would make Apple Pancakes!

  50. Karrie Millheim says:

    The meatballs in the recipe you have above. oh my they look good

  51. muffins with apple butter in them thanks for the giveaway

  52. susan smoaks says:

    i like to put apple butter on toast

  53. I love peanut butter and apple butter sandwiches so I would make myself a sandwich

  54. Laurie Emerson says:

    I would use this in my cornbread recipe to give it a different and more exciting taste to it.

  55. I would use it in some cupcakes for a wintery, spice flavor.

  56. I would make the Crock Pot Apple Butter Barbecue Meatballs, they look delicious

  57. Georgie C says:

    I’d like to try the Cilantro-Chile BBQ Sauce recipe!

  58. Jaime Cummings says:

    Apple Butter Cheesecake sounds great to me!

  59. Stephanie Larison says:

    I’d use it with pork chops, yum!

  60. tina reynolds says:

    I would use on biscuits or make a apple butter cake

  61. You can make the most amazing raisin sauce to go with ham. Thank you

  62. Tanya White says:

    I would love to put it on buttermilk biscuits.

  63. Mihaela Day says:

    I would make an apple cake 🙂

  64. i just might try those meatballs! i could try substituting chicken for beef. apples and chicken go really well together for me

  65. probably an apple tart

  66. Vikki Billings says:

    I would make cinnamon apple cake!

  67. Thanks for the giveaway… Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze

  68. I would make apple butter bars.

  69. Rachel Ellis says:

    I would make Banana Apple Streusel Muffins.


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