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Sweet and Smoky Crock Pot Meatballs

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Adjust Servings:
1.3 lb Ground Beef I used Ground Chunk Beef (20% fat)
1 lb Tomatoes choose juicy, soft type
1 Shallot
5 cloves Garlic
3 tablespoons Smoked Salt
1 tablespoon Cinnamon Sugar
1 cup Tomato Puree
1 cup White Wine can substitute with broth or water
1 teaspoon crushed Red Pepper can add more for spicy taste
1 Parmesan Cheese Rind can use any other sharp cheese rind
2 tablespoons Butter
to taste Fresh Parsley
to taste Fresh Thyme
to taste Green Onion
to taste Pepper

Sweet and Smoky Crock Pot Meatballs

  • Crock Pot
  • Keto

Meatballs are so delicious but they require some patience to get the best flavor. What if you do not have such luxury as time? Cook it in a crockpot! My Sweet and Smoky Crockpot Meatballs recipe is super simple and does not require much time at all! Choose this meatball recipe for your next party appetizer and you would not be disappointed!

  • 4.15
  • Serves 8
  • Easy


My Two Cents


I love sweet and smoky crock pot meatballs recipe. It is one of my go-to appetizers if I have a big crowd to feed. I simply make a bunch and serve it with a side of garlic bread and voila – everyone is happy and full!

Crock pot meatballs recipe is a lifesaver for those who live a busy life and simply do not have hours to stand next to the stove cooking a meal. It is ideal for an overnight cooking time, and waking up to a water-mouthing smoky and sweet smell is something truly magical!

This particular recipe has a sweet and smoky twist to it, because why not make things less traditional and experiment! And this rich and delicious sauce gets even more flavorful overnight, so make ahead and refrigerate for up to 3 days, use for lunches and serve over pasta or rice… Options unlimited!

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Finely chop the shallot and 1 clove of garlic. Chop fresh green onion and parsley then add to a large mixing bowl.

Add ground chuck beef, 2 tablespoons of Smoked Salt, and 1 teaspoon of Crushed Red Pepper to your bowl and mix well.

Add pepper to taste and start shaping your meatballs. I suggest keeping it on a smaller side to make sure meatballs will get packed with flavor in less cooking time.

In a large frying pan melt 2 tablespoons of butter over high heat. Add your meatballs and start browning them, 3-5 minutes per side or until dark brown. Set aside and prepare the sauce.



Prepare tomatoes by cutting the hard middle part out and chopping the rest into larger pieces. Add chopped tomatoes and 3 cloves of garlic, peeled but not chopped, to your crockpot.

Add 1 cup of tomato puree and 1 cup of white wine (you can add 1 cup of broth or water instead).

Finish with some fresh thyme and 1 tablespoon of Cinnamon Sugar. Mix everything together.


Crock Pot

Add meatballs to your crockpot and stir well to make sure all of them are covered in a sauce mix. Cook on high for at least 4 hours or on low for 7-8 hours to ensure the best taste.

Try a little bit of your cooked sauce to see if any more smoked salt needed. I usually end up adding just a bit more to kick that smoky flavor.


Serve with garlic bread or over your favorite side and make sure you made enough, because these meatballs are going FAST!


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