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Party meatballs with Sweet Sriracha Sauce

Sweet Honey Sriracha Meatballs Appetizer

This is a recipe for Sweet Sriracha Party Meatballs. Italian meatballs are slathered in a sweet sriracha, brown sugar, cranberry glaze.  A super easy and killer meatball appetizer recipe.
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 10
Calories 257kcal


  • 36 Italian meatballs
  • 1/3 cup Sriracha Sauce
  • 14 1/2 ounce cranberry sauce canned, jellied or with chunks of cranberries
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup honey


  • Purchase fresh pre-made Italian meatballs from the store, or frozen. Bake according to package instructions.
  • In the meantime, combine ingredients in a Dutch Oven and cook over medium heat until well heated and flavors are combined. Let cook over medium low for about 15 minutes or until it has thickened just a bit.
  • When meatballs are done scoop them into the same pot as the sauce. With a large spoon, gently stir and combine sauce and meatballs. 
  • Transfer to the serving bowl or platter of your choice. Serve warm.


I've made this recipe in the crockpot and didn't like the final result. Slow cooking releases moisture from the meatballs, thinning the sauce. I like this recipe better as a thick and rich stove-top glaze.
Can this recipe be made ahead of time? It can, but it's so easy it's not really necessary. If you do want to make ahead, cook according to instructions and then store in a microwave safe dish. To re-heat, heat in the microwave for 1 minute increments, gently stirring each time to distribute heat and the sauce.
Can this recipe be frozen? Yes. Combine meatballs that have been mixed with the sauce. To reheat, let them thaw and then follow the microwave instructions above.
Can I use frozen meatballs for this recipe? Yes, I've used frozen Italian meatballs for this recipe. Just cook according to package instructions and then gently toss in the sweet Sriracha sauce. 
Does this recipe travel well? Just place it in a serving bowl and cover tightly with foil. It should keep fairly warm for about 30 minutes. If you need to reheat once you arrive at your destination, remove the foil and give them a swirl in the microwave. The sauce has a lot of sugar involved, so they'll heat quickly. Re-heat in 1 minute increments.


Calories: 257kcal | Carbohydrates: 32g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 10g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 254mg | Potassium: 182mg | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 30IU | Vitamin C: 7.2mg | Calcium: 15mg | Iron: 0.7mg