Enjoy a plateful of succulent BBQ Meatballs with grape jelly that are ready in just 15 minutes! This amazing Instant Pot recipe is so easy even the most novice cook can make it. Serve this deliciousness as the perfect party appetizer or dinner and get everyone at your party talking about how great they taste.

Instant Pot Meatballs
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Enjoy a plateful of succulent BBQ Meatballs with grape jelly that are ready in just 15 minutes! This amazing Instant Pot recipe is so easy even the most novice cook can make it. Serve this deliciousness as the perfect party appetizer or dinner and get everyone at your party talking about how great they taste.

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Today, we are making Sweet BBQ Meatballs, and the good news is that they only have three ingredients. It is that simple. This makes for a quick dinner or a classic party appetizer; remember, you can use smaller meatballs in you want to make Instant Pot cocktail meatballs. An easy appetizer for even fancy dinner parties!

Instant Pot Meatballs Grape Jelly BBQ Sauce

Get ready for a mouth-watering combination that will make all your taste buds dance! Introducing tender and juicy meatballs coated in an irresistible BBQ sauce, bursting with sweet & smoky flavors. You can replace this perfect appetizer with a spicy or tangy sauce with a sweet chili sauce!

Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Barbecue Meatballs

Forget spending hours in the kitchen cooking up a delicious dinner of barbecue meatballs – now you can have homemade flavor in minutes with your Instant Pot! Whether you’re hosting a party or just looking for an easy weeknight meal, these Instant Pot barbecue meatballs deliver. Not only are they incredibly flavorful, but they’re also simple to prepare by combining fresh ingredients and improvised seasonings. Give it a try, and you’ll be amazed at how quickly dinner can be ready to serve!

Remember the details and step-by-step instructions in the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Ingredients Needed For Instant Pot Barbecue Meatballs
  • Frozen Meatballs: use ground beef frozen meatballs, chicken meatballs, or turkey meatballs!
  • Water: Remember you will need water for the pressure cooker to work! You can also use beef broth for some added flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce: use your favorite barbecue sauce and sugar-free, gluten-free bbq sauce for a keto and low-carb appetizer!
  • Grape Jelly

How To Cook BBQ Meatballs In Instant Pot

How To Cook BBQ Meatballs In Instant Pot

Step One: Add Frozen Meatballs to the Instant Pot on the bottom of your instant pot.

Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs

Step Two: Add a cup of water to the bottom of the inner pot, and place your lid on (Sealed). Set it to manual high pressure, and the cooking time for 5 minutes.

Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs

Step Three: Cooked meatballs after naturally releasing them and draining them. Add the jelly, and add the BBQ sauce.

Step Four: Mix well. Press saute and saute for about 3 minutes until the liquid is hot. If you want, add them to a tray and broil for 1 minute. Serve with additional sauce for dipping!

Instant Pot BBQ Meatballs

Pro Tips For The Best Instant Pot BBQ Meatball Appetizer

Instant Pot BBQ meatballs are one of the most popular appetizers you can make! Not only are they a delicious and unique twist on traditional barbeque flavors, but they’re also easily prepared in an Instant Pot to give you a hands-off cooking experience – making it easy to have them ready for hungry guests in no time at all! 

Timing: Make sure that you let the meatballs do a natural release, this way, they are perfectly cooked.

The Best Frozen Meatballs: I have made this recipe for years in the Instant Pot; it’s one of my favorite ways to make this recipe. And since you don’t need any special ingredients, it’s the perfect go-to meal on a busy weeknight. You can use any of your favorite frozen meatballs, and you can also use frozen homemade meatballs.

The Best Sauce To Use: I recommend you use your favorite BBQ sauce for this recipe since it’s the dominant flavor. I included a few of my favorites below.

Can I Use Fresh Or Frozen Meatballs In This Recipe

This recipe will work with either fresh or frozen meatballs. Ensure the meatballs are cold before adding them to the Instant Pot bowl. As they stay together better, they will fall apart if they are at room temperature or warm.

What BBQ Sauce Can I Use In This Recipe

This is a great recipe to use your favorite BBQ Sauce. Today, I used the classic instant Pot Grape Jelly Meatballs Recipe, but here are some of my favorites:

There are many varieties; you can make these sweet, spicy, vinegary, tangy, or whatever you want. 

How To Store

Let any leftover meatballs cool to room temperature, then place them in an airtight container. They will last in the refrigerator for 2-3. For best results, reheat these tasty meatballs in the microwave or in a small saucepan, and reheat until warm. The best way is to add some additional sauce on top of the meatballs before you reheat them.

More Instant Pot Recipes

Once you start using your Instant Pot, you will soon find yourself using the appliance more and more. Here are some of my absolute favorite Instant Pot Appetizers—

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Instant Pot-Sweet BBQ Meatballs

5 from 11 votes
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
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Total Time: 10 minutes
Servings: 4 Servings


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  • 2 pounds frozen meatballs
  • 2 cups water
  • 16 ounces BBQ sauce
  • 16 ounces grape jelly


  • Add your frozen meatballs to the Instant Pot, then add the water, add the lid, make sure it’s sealed. Then set the manual high pressure for 5 minutes.
  • Let it naturally release, when it’s done.
  • Drain, return the meatballs to the pot, add the BBQ sauce and jelly, mix well. Press saute, which will heat the meatballs up and the sauce.
  • Serve as an appetizer, or over rice.


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Serving: 1gCalories: 1107kcalCarbohydrates: 124gProtein: 40gFat: 49gSaturated Fat: 18gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 22gCholesterol: 163mgSodium: 1337mgPotassium: 1001mgFiber: 2gSugar: 93gVitamin A: 270IUVitamin C: 12mgCalcium: 95mgIron: 3mg

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