Honey Sriracha Meatballs are hot, sweet, tangy, and wildly addictive!! These crockpot spicy meatballs are for the Sriracha lover in you.
Honey Sriracha Meatballs
This is SUCH a simple appetizer recipe, it just about cooks itself. Add the sauce ingredients, form the spicy meatballs, toss them in the slow cooker, and voila!
Slow cooker meatballs are the best make-ahead game day or any day food. What more could you ask for?
Chad and I fell in love with the Sriracha-honey flavor a few years ago, and ever since, Sriracha sauce has been a staple in my pantry. A little bit here, a little bit there.
After creating my recipe for Honey Sriracha Crockpot Chicken Wings, there was no turning back. The sweet and spicy combination is absolutely incredible.
Tips for Making Sriracha Meatballs
- Wet your hands. This way, the Sriracha meatballs will form better and crack less.
- Use a cookie scoop! I find that a 1-tablespoon scoop is the perfect size for slow cooker meatballs, and it guarantees that each one is the same size.
- Want to thicken the sauce? You can take the lid off after 2 hours to allow the sauce to thicken, or you can transfer the sauce to the saucepan on the stovetop and cook until reduced by half (or to desired consistency).
Honey glazed meatballs are perfect whether the sauce is cooked down or not. It is a personal preference.
- Adjust the heat. Sriracha is a spicy Korean sauce, made from HOT chiles. This recipe is for medium-heat honey Sriracha meatballs.
If you want to increase the spiciness, decrease the amount of honey and increase the amount of Sriracha sauce.
If you prefer milder heat, increase the honey and decrease the Sriracha.
Honey Sriracha Meatballs are the perfect game-day bite, but they are just as awesome for dinner served over some rice or even potatoes.
I like to make an extra batch and stick them in the freezer for whenever I need a quick appetizer for an upcoming party. Easy peasy!
Slow Cooker Meatballs FAQ
I prefer to cook my honey Sriracha meatballs directly in the sauce. It gives them a chance to really soak up that delicious flavor, plus it’s one less thing for me to wash!
Browning meatballs does help to lock in the juices, but I find that these honey glazed meatballs are perfectly tender and juicy without the extra step.
It’s important to have a binding ingredient to help hold your meatballs together. For this Sriracha meatballs recipe, we’re using panko breadcrumbs and eggs.
Don’t forget to wet your hands before rolling, which helps them form easier. Then, carefully transfer the meatballs to your slow cooker so they hold their shape.
With love, from our simple kitchen to yours.
Other Favorite Meatball Recipes
Slow Cooker Honey Sriracha Meatballs + Video
- wax paper OR
- 1 cup sriracha sauce, * to adjust spiciness, see Notes
- 1 cup honey, * to adjust spiciness, see Notes
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, approximately 2 limes
Crockpot Party Meatballs
- 2 pounds lean ground beef, I used 85%
- 1 cup panko bread crumbs
- 1/4 cup milk
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon fresh ground pepper
- 2 large eggs
- Add sriracha, honey and lime juice to a slow cooker on high power.Taste and add additional honey or sriracha as necessary to suit your spicy heat preference.
- In a large bowl, add all meatball ingredients except eggs. Set aside.
- Add 1/4 cup of sauce mixture to meatball mixture. Stir to combine mixture 2 times, then add eggs. Mix well, but do not over mix or you will have tough meatballs.
- Place a sheet of wax paper (approximately 9"x9") on your countertop. Using a 2-tablespoon scoop, portion out meat and place on wax paper. After all meatballs have been scooped, roll into balls and place them into the slow cooker. When about half of the meatballs are in the slow cooker, spoon sauce over the tops of them. Continue adding meatballs until they are all in the slow cooker. **You may have to layer them, just be sure the bottom layer is thoroughly coated in sauce before you add the next layer.
- Reduce crockpot power to low, place lid on top, and cook for 4-8 hours.
- Serve and enjoy.
All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe’s nutritional value will vary depending on the ingredients used, measuring methods, and portion sizes.
Originally published November 2014. Updated and republished April 2023
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