Friday, June 3, 2011

Grandma Helen's Meatballs

Post number 200!  I knew this one had to be a good one, so here you go!

This is one of the many things that my grandmother was famous for.  This was almost always her contribution to the potlucks she went to.  Which was good....because people would get all bent out of shape if the crock pot of meatballs was missing.

She had a bit of a reputation to uphold, you see.  People expected meatballs.

My grandmother was almost as famous for these as she was for her chocolate chip cookies.  Almost.

As us girls got older, we'd eventually be let in the kitchen more and more.  First we could help with the cookies.  That would have to hold you over for a few years. 

Then one day, you'd be granted access to the super secret family recipe for the meatballs.  And it is super secret, so don't tell anyone.  Okay?

My mom likes to tell the story about the first time she made them after being granted access to the recipe.  How she spent all this time seasoning and rolling meatballs, pan frying and oven baking them.  Carefully adding the glaze ingredients to the crock pot.  Only to find out that Grandma bought frozen meatballs.  Ha!

I have said before that I'm pretty sure my father was a genius.  Clearly, he got it from her.

She was so good that she fooled an entire community (and every one I've lived in since then that has had the luxury of tasting these meatballs) into thinking she was a gourmet cook.

And she was, but this is no fancy recipe.  It's so simple that you won't believe how good it is.  And it sounds all kinds of funky, but you are just going to have to trust me on it. 


Grandma Helen's Meatballs
- 1 family sized bag frozen meatballs
- 1 small jar grape jelly (preferably Welch's....don't ask why, it's just the "right" one)
- 1-2 bottles plain old run of the mill BBQ sauce (again, Hunts is the best, just because it is)

Throw meatballs in slow cooker.  Mix grape jelly and BBQ sauce, pour over meatballs.  Cover and cook on low for 4-6 hours or high for 2-3. 

Pretend you slaved away in the kitchen all day.

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