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OTT Holiday Balls

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  • Prep Time: 5mins
  • Cook Time: 3hrs
  • Total Time: 3hrs
  • Yield: 50 meatballs 1x


Our favorite holiday appetizer.  This can be cooked in a crockpot or on the pit and kept warm and served all day long.  It sounds like a crazy concoction (and maybe it is), but the results will have you sneaking a meatball every 5 minutes.  All of the flavors meld together; there is no heavy sauerkraut nor cranberry taste in the end.



  • 2 lbs pre-cooked meatballs
  • 15oz Barvarian sauerkraut
  • 14oz Cranberry sauce (with whole cranberries)
  • 12oz Heinz Chili Sauce
  • 2tbsp Brown sugar
  • 2tbsp Holy Voodoo (by Meat Church)


– Pre-heat grill to 300 or crockpot on low.  In a dutch oven combine sauerkraut, cranberry sauce, chili sauce, sugar and rub.  Stir to incorporate.

– Place dutch oven on grill and top with pizza screen to hold the meatballs above the pot (so drippings can fall into pot).  Smoke, with a small amount of applewood, for 1 hour or until meatballs are cooked.

– Gently place meatballs in sauerkraut mixture and stir to combine.  Cover and cook for an additional 2.5hours or until the mixture is thick and the sauerkraut is very soft.

– Serve in a small bowl with a toothpick per meatball.  Refill bowl as needed to keep meatballs hot.