Slow Cooker Plum Sausage and Meatballs

Here’s a recipe to keep in mind for a party, casual gathering, or fun game-watching…and it makes a great snack anytime! These Slow Cooker Plum Sausage and Meatballs are really good and easy to make! The plum jam gives the sauce in this recipe a really good flavor. If you don’t have plum jam, you could substitute apricot jam or apple butter—I’ve read that these have a similar flavor to plum jam.

For this recipe, you use those big smoked sausage links and cut them into bite-size pieces. And you mix the sausage, along with some pre-made frozen meatballs (thawed), in the plum jam-barbeque sauce mixture and cook these in your slow cooker—and the result is a super-yummy appetizer or party snack that is hard to stop eating! If you want to add a little zing to the sauce, you can add some chopped jalapeno, too.

To make this a little lighter, you can use smoked turkey sausage, but use beef meatballs rather than turkey—the taste is just better with beef meatballs! Also, if you like, you could make this recipe using all sausage or all meatballs, 32-ounces total, but I think the combination of sausage and meatballs is really good!

Slow Cooker Plum Sausage and Meatballs

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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SAUCY PLUM SAUSAGE AND MEATBALLS by NancyC                                                                         Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs @ NancyC

Makes about 16 servings

  • 1 (10-ounce) jar plum jam or preserves
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbeque sauce (1 2/3 cups)
  • 1 (16-ounce) link cooked smoked beef or turkey sausage, cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen cooked meatballs, thawed (about 16 to 18 meatballs, depending on size—beef meatballs work better than turkey meatballs in this recipe!)
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno (seeds removed)

In a 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine the jam and barbeque sauce. Add the sausage and thawed meatballs, stirring to coat with sauce.

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours.

Serve with toothpicks—use decorative ones if you’re serving this at a party or special get-together. To serve at a buffet, keep warm on LOW setting for up to 2 hours.

Recipe from NancyC |

I love snack and party foods like this that are so simple and so tasty! What’s your favorite easy-to-make appetizer?

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8 thoughts on “Slow Cooker Plum Sausage and Meatballs

              1. Dorothy's New Vintage Kitchen

                I got an air fryer, and soon I realized it is really just a mini convection oven! I have a convection oven, so I guess this is redundant for me, and I don’t really use it because I can make a much larger batch in the oven.
                However, if you don’t have a convection oven, I think you’ll love an air fryer! With just a smidge of oil, you can make some pretty crispy and wonderful “fried” foods!

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