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instant pot meatballs

Cranberry BBQ Meatballs

  • Author: Kevin Smiley
  • Yield: 9 servings 1x


Yes, I “cheated” and used frozen meatballs for this recipe. You can make your own meatballs using this easy low point meatball recipe.



1 bag of frozen meatballs
1 1/2 cups cranberries (about half a bag)
1 orange squeezed for juice or 1/2 cup orange juice
1 cup water
2 cups zero point BBQ sauce(16 points)


Place steamer basket into the instant pot. Add one cup water. Pour in frozen meatballs. Place lid on instant pot. Set valve to sealed position. Press press cook or manual button and then set timer to 6 minutes. Once the instant pot stop counting release the pressure by turning the valve to open.

Remove meatballs to a bowl and set aside. Remove steamer basket. Drain broth/water. 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. Using a potato masher, mash down the cranberries. Once the cranberries are mashed add in two cups of barbecue sauce. Stir.

Add meatballs back to the sauce and stir well coating all the meatballs.


3 meatballs per serving