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Instant Pot Cranberry Orange BBQ Meatballs

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This 4 ingredient Instant Pot Cranberry Orange BBQ Meatballs is a great dinner or appetizer recipe. Grab frozen meatballs and create a tasty sweet and savory cranberry meatballs to serve up.

You can use fresh or frozen berries in this recipe. If you use frozen meatballs it will be just 5 minutes of prep work involved. Serve over a bed of rice, stick a toothpick in for appetizers, and so much more.

BBQ meatballs on white plate

Why Make These Meatballs

  • Great party meatballs recipe
  • Use frozen pre-bought meatballs for easy prep
  • Sweet and savory
  • Affordable to Make
  • The best Instant Pot meatballs

Ingredients Needed For Cranberry Orange Meatballs

  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Cranberries
  • Orange Juice
  • Water
  • BBQ Sauce


How to Make Cranberry Orange Instant Pot Meatballs

  1. Toss in your steamer basket and add the cup of water into the pot.
  2. Now add in frozen meatballs and cook for 6 minutes, with a quick release of pressure.
  3. Remove meatballs, steamer basket, and drain liquid.
  4. Add in the orange juice and the cranberries, and turn the saute feature on.
  5. Stir occasionally, and you are looking for the berries to begin to pop. Use a potato masher to break down the berries more.
  6. Stir in the bbq sauce along with meatballs. Give a good stir and nice coated, you are ready to dish up your cranberry orange meatballs.

Full directions are in the printable recipe card below.

Can I Use Cranberry Sauce For Meatballs

If you are curious to use cranberry sauce instead of fresh or frozen berries, you can. Just reach for the whole berry style canned cranberry. It has cranberries in it, that will help add texture.

Just know if you use canned cranberry it will add more sweetness overall since it is in the gel.

BBQ meatballs on white plate

Best BBQ for Barbecue Meatballs

To be honest, you can use any of your favorite sauces. Whether you want a sauce with a bit of a kick of spice. Or you prefer to have one that is like a Kansas City flavor.

Feel free to buy whatever sauce you and your family enjoy eating.

Can I Use Homemade Meatballs

Go right ahead and make homemade meatballs in replace of frozen. The biggest thing is to cook the meatballs until they are fully cooked.

Then create the sauce and stir in the meatballs. If you want even more of a sticky glaze you can pour meatballs on a baking sheet with sauce, and broil for just a minute in the oven.

It will create a sticky sauce, just make sure to not overcook or they will burn fast due to the sugar.

Ways To Serve Up

Cocktail Meatballs | Layout your meatballs on a platter and add toothpicks to each one. Serve up as a cocktail or party appetizer for guests.

Rice or Quinoa | Mix up some rice or quinoa and then top your rice with a few meatballs. The rice will soak up the flavor leaving it one incredible dinner.

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Yield: 6 servings

Instant Pot Cranberry Orange BBQ Meatballs

Meatballs on plate

Easy Cranberry BBQ Meatballs is a quick appetizer recipe made with frozen meatballs so it’s a super fast and easy party food.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Additional Time 10 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes


    1. Place steamer basket into the instant pot. Add one cup water.
    2. Add in the frozen meatballs.
    3. Place lid on instant pot. Set valve to sealed position. Press press cook or manual button and then set timer to 6 minutes.
    4. Once the instant pot stop counting release the pressure by turning the valve to open.
    5. Remove meatballs to a bowl and set aside. Remove steamer basket. Drain broth/water.
    6. Add in cranberries and orange juice. Turn off pot and then turn on saute mode. The cranberries will start to pop as they heat up.
    7. Using a potato masher, mash down the cranberries. Once the cranberries are mashed add in two cups of barbecue sauce. Stir.
    8. Add meatballs back to the sauce and stir well coating all the meatballs. Serve topped with parsley for a holiday feel.



  • Can my dog have Crandberries Orange BBQ Meatballs? Both cranberries and meatballs are safe to feed to dogs. Whether your dog will like a cranberry treat is another question. Either way, moderation is important when feeding cranberries to dogs, as with any treat, as too many cranberries can lead to an upset stomach. Then, even though orange juice is non-toxic to dogs, it is not recommended that you give it as a treat. It is high in sugar and very acidic. Something similar happens to BBQ sauce, giving a little of this to your dog can cause him vomiting or diarrhea.
  • Can my cat have Crandberries Orange BBQ Meatballs? Although it is safe to give Crandberriees and Meatballs to your cat, it is not safe to give him orange juice, because it contains citric acid, which can irritate your cat's gut and cause them to vomit and diarrhea. Much less BBQ sauce, a dash of this sauce could upset your cat's stomach and provoke diarrhea, vomiting, and other nasty stuff.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 522Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 9gTrans Fat 1gUnsaturated Fat 16gCholesterol 81mgSodium 1787mgCarbohydrates 50gFiber 4gSugar 37gProtein 19g

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  • Jessica McCoy

    Jessica McCoy is a seasoned food blogger with 14+ years of experience in the industry. As a self-taught home cook, she enjoys creating and finetuning easy recipes that are fool proof and simple for anyone to make. Her expertise is in all things kitchen: cooking tips, air fryer recipes, Instant Pot and other pressure cooking recipes, and slow cooker recipes. Jessica was the previous owner of AllSheCooks, where she focused on easy every day recipes including budget friendly dinner recipes and desserts.

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