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20-Minute Pepper Jelly Glazed Meatballs

20-Minute Pepper Jelly Glazed Meatballs are the easiest appetizer recipe for your party or celebration. Great for game time tailgating too! Quick & YUMMY!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword meatballs, pepper jelly
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 17 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 40
Author Gina Kleinworth


  • 2 lbs pre-cooked frozen mini meatballs
  • 12 oz beer
  • 18 oz BBQ Sauce
  • 8 oz pepper jelly
  • 1 tbsp granulated garlic
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 2 tbsp cornstarch

For pressure cooker

  • 6 oz beef broth *replacing 6 oz of the beer


  • Place all ingredients in a large saucepan or shallow stockpot. (I used my cast iron dutch oven)
  • Bring to medium-high heat. Let cook for 2-4 min
  • Once the sauce begins to boil, reduce heat to a simmer.
  • Let cook for 15 minutes or until sauce has darkened & reduced (meatballs are already cooked- so they should just be hot) Remove & serve!
  • Enjoy!

For pressure cooker

  • Combine all of the ingredients in the pot & stir.
  • Swap out half of the beer with water – (you don’t want too much carbonation in the pressure cooker)
  • Cover & set on to seal, manual for 5 minutes.
  • Quick-release, remove lid & stir again before serving at your game-day or holiday party.


To make in the air fryer - use frozen meatballs and cook at 400 for 8-12 minutes. Combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl, then toss the cooked meatballs in the sauce.