Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs


Start with a package of frozen meatballs and cook with bottled barbecue sauce and cherry preserves for this easy, 5-ingredient appetizer.

Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs
Chipotle-Barbecue Meatballs. Photo: Jennifer Davick
Prep Time:
10 mins
Cook Time:
50 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs
12 to 14 appetizer servings


  • 1 (28-oz.) bottle barbecue sauce

  • 1 (18-oz.) jar cherry preserves

  • 3 canned chipotle peppers in adobo sauce, undrained

  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from can

  • 1 (32-oz.) package frozen meatballs


  1. Whisk together first 4 ingredients and 1 1/2 cups water in a Dutch oven. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Add meatballs; return to a boil. Reduce heat to medium, and simmer, stirring occasionally, 40 to 45 minutes. (Sauce will thicken.) Keep warm in a slow cooker on WARM or LOW, if desired.

  2. Note: For testing purposes only, we used Rosina Italian Style Meatballs.

  3. Chipotle-Barbecue Sausage Bites: Substitute 2 (16-oz.) packages cocktail-size smoked sausages for meatballs. Proceed with recipe as directed, decreasing water to 1/2 cup and simmering mixture 15 minutes. Makes 12 to 14 appetizer servings. Prep: 10 min., Cook: 20 min.

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