Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs

This Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs recipe is one of those easy dinner ideas that can make something ordinary, like store purchased meatballs, into something a little more appetising.  

This Easy Slow Cooker BBQ Meatballs recipe is an easy midweek family meal that can be made just before or after picking the kids up from school (set your timing based on the time you eat dinner), serve with meat and 3 vegetables. Simply place your pre-made meatballs into the slow cooker.

You’ll have all these ingredients for the sauce in your pantry: tomato sauce, brown sugar, salt, pepper, garlic salt (or you can use a clove or minced garlic), Worcestershire sauce and soy sauce.

Then serve up with mashed potato and steamed vegetables.



This is a easy midweek family meal that can be made just before or after picking the kids up from school (set your timing based on the time you eat dinner), serve with meat and 3 vegetables.

  • Author: The Organised Housewife
  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 3 hours
  • Total Time: 3 hours 10 mins
  • Yield: 5


  • 1kg beef meatballs
  • 400g passata (tomato pasta sauce)
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1 tablespoon worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  1. Place meatballs in slow cooker.
  2. In a jug add tomato sauce, salt, pepper, garlic salt, worcestershire sauce and soy sauce. Mix to combine.
  3. Pour sauce mixture over meatballs, toss to coat.
  4. Cover and cook on low for 3 hours.
  5. Add meatballs to a plate and spoon additional cooking sauce over the top.
  6. Serve with mashed potato and vegetables.


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  • Serving Size: 4
  • Calories: 673
  • Sugar: 58g
  • Sodium: 1443mg
  • Fat: 29g
  • Saturated Fat: 11g
  • Unsaturated Fat: 14g
  • Trans Fat: 2g
  • Carbohydrates: 62g
  • Fiber: 2g
  • Protein: 41g
  • Cholesterol: 137mg

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Malinda @mybrownpaperpackages May 26, 2015 - 6:20 AM

I am collecting together more recipes for my slow cooker arsenal and this will be perfect.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 26, 2015 - 3:37 PM

this is a really quick one too Malinda, bonus is you can have the meatballs in the freezer all other ingredients in your pantry.

Janette May 26, 2015 - 10:20 AM

we also use the store meatballs add a can of mushroom soup and a little water add some fresh mushrooms . I usually bake in the oven but I am sure you could use the crockpot. Serve with rice and vegetables or mashed spud.

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 26, 2015 - 3:37 PM

ooh Janette that sounds so good, I think I might have to try this one!

Nicole @ The Builder's Wife May 26, 2015 - 12:54 PM

Oh these look so yummy!! Will have to add them to the meal planner. Those chicken meatballs also will have to join the list. Thank you for sharing!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 26, 2015 - 3:41 PM

the chicken meatballs are good, I’m a sucker for anything with coconut!!

Lucy @ Bake Play Smile May 27, 2015 - 7:17 AM

I’ve really been trying to make an effort to use my slow cooker more this year! What a yummy dinner – this would be great for those days when you don’t have time to make dinner!!

Katrina - The Organised Housewife May 27, 2015 - 8:35 AM

I too love my slow cooker, so easy to put everything into it and not have to worry until it’s time to dish up. This is super delicious, the kids love it.:)

Eleanor May 30, 2015 - 4:11 PM

i would prefer to make things with very little processed food I.e. No tomato sauce (high in sugar and salt contents). Ever since cooking from mostly natural ingredients using tinned tomatoes and spices has seen me already losing more weight as I need to get 5kg off to get the ideal weight…. Sugar and salt are the culprits in most of the processed foods that are suggested here so have been finding alternative ingredients and still produce those dishes, yum!!!


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