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Peach Glazed Meatballs (3 Ingredients!)

This sweet & tangy meatball appetizer is so addicting! These Party Meatballs with Peach Glaze are ridiculously easy to make with just 3 ingredients. Use frozen meatballs to make this hot appetizer with just 5 minutes of prep time.

This meatball recipe is a favorite for pretty much any party: as a Thanksgiving appetizer, for Christmas finger food, or for graduation parties and summer cookouts. These peach glaze meatballs also work great over rice for dinner.

You can make these peach glaze meatballs in a slow cooker, Instant Pot, or on the stovetop. I give you easy instructions for all 3 cooking methods!

Peach glazed meatball appetizer on a toothpick
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Easy meatball appetizer with peach glaze

This meatball appetizer has the tastiest sauce/glaze out there! It's sweet, tangy, savory, delicious. Absolutely addicting, you'll definitely find yourself reaching for more meatballs!

Bowl of peach glazed meatballs

There are a lot of recipes out there for grape jelly meatballs, but I don't love grape jelly. I always prefer peach preserves or apricot preserves instead of grape, and I am not a huge fan of ketchup either. So I experimented with mixing peach preserves with BBQ sauce to make a delicious glaze for meatballs.

This easy meatball appetizer has just 2 ingredients for the sauce: peach preserves and BBQ sauce.

I've tried adding a little Worcestershire sauce, or a little red chili paste like I do in my kielbasa bites appetizer, but I decided that wasn't necessary. It doesn't hurt, but the meatball appetizer is so good with just the 2 ingredient peach sauce!

Meatball appetizer on toothpicks

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce (any kind!)
  • 2-3 lb frozen meatballs (or you can use homemade meatballs)
  • Optional garnish: sesame seeds, diced scallions or chives, or chopped parsley

More easy appetizers: Easy Salami Appetizer

Spoon showing texture of peach preserves glaze with BBQ sauce
Before getting started, combine the peach preserves with the BBQ sauce and mix well.

Equipment

  • Slow cooker, Instant Pot, or large pot (depending on your preferred cooking method)
  • Toothpicks for serving (if serving as an appetizer)

More easy appetizers: Fried Brie Bites

Slow cooker glazed meatballs

Step 1: Add the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl and mix together until mostly combined.

Step 2: Add the peach mixture and frozen meatballs to a slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring halfway through. Stir before serving, and serve warm.

Related recipe: Slow Cooker Honey Garlic Chicken

Instant Pot peach glazed meatballs

Step 1: Add the frozen meatballs plus 1 cup water to the Instant Pot. Cook on the manual setting at High Pressure for 5 minutes. Naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes, then manually release.

Step 2: Carefully drain the cooking water.

Step 3: Combine the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a bowl and mix well. Add to the meatballs in the Instant Pot and cook on the Sauté function for 2-3 minutes, stirring gently to coat the meatballs, taking care not to break them. Serve warm.

Related recipe: Instant Pot Honey Ginger Garlic Wings

Stovetop peach glazed meatballs

Step 1: Add the frozen meatballs plus 1 cup water to a pot large enough to hold the meatballs comfortably. Cook over medium heat until heated through (about 10 minutes) stirring gently to coat the meatballs and thaw them, but taking care not to break them.

Step 2: Carefully drain the cooking water.

Step 3: Combine the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a bowl and mix well. Add to the meatballs back to the pot and stir gently to coat the meatballs, taking care not to break them. Serve warm.

Related recipe: Salmon Bites

Recipe tips and FAQs

Should I use 2 or 3 lb meatballs?

If you want extra saucy meatballs, use 2 lb of meatballs. If you want meatballs that are just coated in sauce without any extra sauce, you can use 2.5-3 lb of frozen meatballs.

What's the best way to cook peach glaze meatballs

I love making these in the slow cooker or the Instant Pot because you can keep the meatballs in there on the "keep warm" function and serve directly from there. However, the stovetop is by far the fastest and easiest way to make these meatballs, they'll be ready in about 10 minutes total!

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Can I bake the meatballs?

Yes, just follow the directions on the meatball packaging. I prefer cooking them in water (like on the stovetop or in the Instant Pot) or in a slow cooker just because I don't like the meatballs to dry out while they're baking.

Can I use homemade meatballs?

Yes, you can use homemade meatballs to make this meatball appetizer. Just cook them through first, reheat them using your preferred method, and toss them with the sauce. No need to pressure cook the meatballs if they're already cooked. I find that homemade meatballs fall apart easier than frozen meatballs, so take care not to crumble them as you're stirring them around with the sauce.

Can I use other preserves instead of peach? 

Yes, you can use your favorite flavor of fruit preserves. Grape jelly is a popular choice, and these meatballs would also be amazing with apricot or pineapple preserves.

Blueberry preserves would make an interesting flavor combination (blueberry BBQ sauce is a thing!), so would cherry or mango preserves.

The only flavors I am not sure about are strawberry or raspberry jams, jellies, or preserves. But I could be wrong! Let me know if you give those a try.

Can I add any seasonings or spices to the sauce?

I really like these peach meatballs with a tablespoon or two of Thai Red Chili Paste. It adds a subtle sweet heat to the sauce and is so delicious! You can also add a squirt of sriracha for the same effect.

You can also add a bit of this hot pepper jelly to spice things up a bit!

Another option is to stir in a little Worcestershire sauce.

Can I serve these meatballs for dinner?

Yes, this meatball recipe is not only a great finger food appetizer, but it also makes a great super easy dinner addition. Simply serve the peach glazed meatballs over rice with some steamed vegetables. I like to take a little bit of the peach BBQ sauce and add a splash of soy sauce to the sauce to thin it out and give it some more salt, then use that sauce for veggies. You can simple spoon the sauce on top of the veggies, or sauté the veggies in the sauce.

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How to reheat party meatballs

These meatballs are so easy to make that I don't typically make them in advance, but they can totally be a make-ahead appetizer! To reheat these meatballs, I recommend heating them on the stovetop with a drizzle of water, stirring frequently to get them evenly heated through.

You can also reheat them in the crockpot on "low," stirring a few times so they heat evenly

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Peach Glaze Meatballs (3 Ingredients!)

Sweet and sour, tangy and delicious! These delicious party meatballs with peach glaze are such a great hot appetizer for parties. They're also amazing served over rice for a quick weeknight dinner.
Prep Time1 hr 5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Kosher
Servings: 10
Author: Kate

Ingredients

  • 1 cup peach preserves
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce - (your favorite kind!)
  • 2-3 lb frozen meatballs - (see notes for homemade meatballs)
  • Optional garnish: sesame seeds, diced scallions or chives, or chopped parsley

Special equipment

  • Slow cooker, Instant Pot, or large pot (depending on your preferred cooking method)
  • Toothpicks for serving (if serving as an appetizer)

Instructions

Slow cooker instructions
  • Add the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a medium bowl and mix together until mostly combined.
  • Add the sauce mixture and frozen meatballs to a slow cooker and stir. Cook on low for 4-6 hours, stirring halfway through. Stir before serving, and serve warm with your choice of garnish.
Instant Pot instructions
  • Add the frozen meatballs plus 1 cup water to the inner pot of the Instant Pot. Cook on the manual setting at High Pressure for 5 minutes. Naturally release pressure for 5-10 minutes, then manually release.
  • Carefully drain the cooking water.
  • Combine the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a bowl and mix well. Add to the meatballs in the Instant Pot and cook on the Sauté function for 2-3 minutes, stirring gently to coat the meatballs, taking care not to break them. Serve warm with your choice of garnish.
Stovetop instructions
  • Add the frozen meatballs plus 1 cup water to a pot large enough to hold the meatballs comfortably. Cook over medium heat until heated through (about 10 minutes), stirring gently to coat the meatballs and thaw them, but taking care not to break them.
  • Carefully drain the cooking water.
  • Combine the peach preserves and BBQ sauce in a bowl and mix well. Add to the meatballs to the pot and stir gently to coat the meatballs, taking care not to break them. Serve warm with your choice of garnish.

Notes

→ Use 2 lbs of meatballs for saucier meatballs, or up to 3 lbs if you don't want extra sauce (or increase the sauce amount)
→ For homemade meatballs, no need to cook them if they're fresh and hot. Otherwise, heat up the meatballs and mix with the sauce. Take care not to break the homemade meatballs, they're generally more fragile than frozen meatballs.
→ Try adding a teaspoon of red chili paste or sriracha to the sauce mixture for a kick of spice!
→ Try this with other flavor preserves: pineapple, apricot, and mango would be great! Blueberry or cherry might be an interesting option too.
→ Serve these for dinner: Spoon over rice with some steamed or sauteed mixed veggies or broccoli. Try adding a splash of soy sauce to the peach and BBQ sauce mixture and use that as a sauce over the veggies or as the stir fry sauce.
→ The nutrition facts are estimated assuming 2 lb of meatballs for 10 generous appetizer servings, and will depend on the actual ingredients and type of meatballs used. Cook time is estimated for the stovetop method.

Nutrition

Calories: 346kcal (17%) | Carbohydrates: 26g (9%) | Protein: 16g (32%) | Fat: 19g (29%) | Saturated Fat: 7g (35%) | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 65mg (22%) | Sodium: 280mg (12%) | Potassium: 330mg (9%) | Fiber: 0.5g (2%) | Sugar: 19g (21%) | Vitamin A: 54IU (1%) | Vitamin C: 3mg (4%) | Calcium: 25mg (3%) | Iron: 1mg (6%)

The nutritional information displayed is an estimate and not to be used as dietary or nutritional advice. Consult a nutritionist or dietician for nutritional info based on the exact ingredients you use.

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