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Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

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Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are an easy appetizer recipe or addition to dinner that is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and smokey. Made in minutes with just four ingredients.

sweet and spicy meatballs in a white serving bowl with fork and napkin

I am a huge fan of a good meatball recipe!

Meatballs are so versatile and can be used in so many different ways. As an appetizer for entertaining or a game day recipe. They can also be used to serve as the protein for dinner. Add them over some brown rice, mashed potatoes, or part of a nourish bowl packed with all your favorite vegetables. They can be served so many ways but also made in so many different ways as well.

My favorite meatball combination usually requires the use of barbecue sauce. The spicy, smokey, and flavorful sauce is delicious on its own with meatballs. However, when you combine it with something sweet such as blackberry jam, then the flavor becomes something magical. The perfect balance of spicy and sweet.

And to save time add all of the ingredients into the Instant Pot pressure cooker and allow it to do all the work. Perfectly ready in minutes!

What ingredients for these instant pot meatballs?

ingredients for instant pot sweet and spicy meatballs

  1. Frozen meatballs, plain flavor
  2. Jalapeno
  3. Seedless blackberry jam
  4. Original barbecue sauce

How to make pressure cooker meatballs:

Begin the recipe by placing the trivet at the bottom of the instant pot and adding 1 cup of water. Add the frozen meatballs and diced jalapenos.

frozen meatballs and diced jalapenos inside instant pot pressure cooker

Place the top on the instant pot. Making sure the steam release valve is set to sealing and not venting. Cook using the manual setting. Press the Manual button on the Instant Pot. Set the cooking time for five minutes.

side view instant pot pressure cooker set to five minutes cooking time

Carefully use quick release once the time is up. Remove the meatballs and jalapenos into a large bowl and set aside. Drain the liquid, it is no longer needed.

cooked meatballs and diced jalapenos in pressure cooker

Return the insert to the pressure cooker and set to saute on the low setting. Add in the 16 ounces seedless blackberry jam and 16 ounces original barbecue sauce. Stir continuously until the jam has melted and the sauce is smooth.

sweet and spicy sauce for meatballs in pressure cooker

Add the cooked meatballs and jalapenos back into the pressure cooker and stir to evenly coat with the sweet and spicy sauce mixture. Adjust the pressure cooker to the keep warm setting or remove to serve immediately.

sweet and spicy meatballs in pressure cooker

What type of meatballs do I have to use?

For this recipe, I used frozen meatballs that I was able to find in the frozen food section of the grocery store in a bag. The meatballs are a combination of beef and pork. However, if you prefer to use a turkey, pork, chicken, or veal frozen meatball it should work just as well.

close up side view sweet and spicy meatballs in white bowl topped with diced jalapenos

How do I serve my sweet and spicy meatballs?

These meatballs can be served as a stand-alone appetizer. They can also be served over rice, mashed potatoes, or as part of a nourish bowl.

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs

Instant Pot Sweet and Spicy Meatballs are an easy appetizer recipe or addition to dinner that is the perfect balance of sweet, spicy, and smokey. Made in minutes with just four ingredients.
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: sweet and spicy meatballs
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Servings: 12
Calories: 370kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 cup water
  • 32 ounces frozen plain meatballs
  • 2 jalapenos, diced
  • 16 ounces seedless blackberry jam
  • 16 ounces original barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Begin the recipe by placing the trivet at the bottom of the instant pot and adding 1 cup of water.
  • Add the 32 ounces frozen meatballs and diced jalapenos. Place the top on the instant pot. Making sure the steam release valve is set to sealing and not venting. Cook using the manual setting. Press the Manual button on the Instant Pot. Set the cook time for five minutes. Carefully use quick release once the time is up. Remove the meatballs and jalapenos into a large bowl and set aside. Drain the liquid, it is no longer needed.
  • Return the insert to the pressure cooker and set to saute on the low setting. Add in the 16 ounces seedless blackberry jam and 16 ounces original barbecue sauce. Stir continuously until the jam has melted and the sauce is smooth.
  • Add the cooked meatballs and jalapenos back into the pressure cooker and stir to evenly coat with the sweet and spicy sauce mixture. Adjust the pressure cooker to the keep warm setting or remove to serve immediately.
  • Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator up to 4 days.

Notes

  • If you prefer to omit the jalapenos in this recipe, feel free to do so. For a less heat remove the seeds and ribs when cutting the jalapenos. For more heat leave them in when cutting. 
  • Original barbecue sauce pairs well with the blackberry jam, but you may use any that you prefer such as sweet, mild, or spicy. 
  • Frozen meatballs work best in this recipe, no need to allow them to defrost. 
  • Serve these meatballs as an appetizer or over rice for a meal as there is plenty of sauce. 
  • The nutrition information states 12 servings which are 5 meatballs per serving, the recipe makes about 60 meatballs in total. Adjust as needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 370kcal | Carbohydrates: 42g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 54mg | Sodium: 444mg | Potassium: 340mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 31g | Vitamin A: 115IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 1mg
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close up side view instant pot sweet and spicy meatball in white serving bowl

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