Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs With Pineapple Recipe

Sweet and Sour Meatballs With Pineapple
Diana Rattray
Prep: 20 mins
Cook: 2 hrs
Total: 2 hrs 20 mins
Servings: 36 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
70 Calories
3g Fat
6g Carbs
6g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 36
Amount per serving
Calories 70
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 3g 3%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 22mg 7%
Sodium 192mg 8%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Dietary Fiber 0g 1%
Total Sugars 5g
Protein 6g
Vitamin C 2mg 8%
Calcium 14mg 1%
Iron 1mg 4%
Potassium 124mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

These meatballs are easy to make, and they taste great! The sweet pickles and pickle juice give them a unique, tangy sweet and sour flavor. The pictured meatballs contain chopped homemade bread and butter pickles. they were cooked in a slow cooker, but they could just as easily be cooked over low heat on the stovetop.

Serve the meatballs right from the slow cooker as an appetizer. Provide guests with small plates, toothpicks, and napkins. These are excellent for parties or game day events. Or take the slow cooker along to a tailgating event. 

If you're short on time, feel free to use good quality frozen meatballs in this recipe. If you use frozen, cook them for about 3 to 4 hours on LOW or for about 2 hours on HIGH.

To give the dish extra color and texture, add some thinly sliced green and red bell pepper and onion to the slow cooker along with the meatballs and sauce. 

See Also
Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

​4-Ingredient Appetizer Meatballs


  • 1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch

  • 1/4 cup ketchup

  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce

  • 3 tablespoons packed light brown sugar

  • 1/4 cup chopped sweet pickles

  • 2 tablespoons pickle juice


  • 1 1/2 pounds lean ground beef, at least 85 percent

  • 1/4 cup fine dry bread crumbs

  • 2 garlic cloves, finely minced

  • 1 scant teaspoon kosher salt

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 1 large egg, slightly beaten

  • 1/4 cup milk

Steps to Make It

  1. Place a mesh sieve over a bowl. Drain the liquid from the pineapple chunks into a bowl. Set the pineapple chunks aside for the moment.

  2. Stir the cornstarch into the pineapple liquid until smooth. Add the ketchup, soy sauce, light brown sugar, and the pickles with juice. Stir to blend and then add the pineapple chunks. Cover and refrigerate.

  3. Heat the oven to 350 F. 

  4. Combine the ground beef with the bread crumbs, minced garlic, salt, pepper, egg, and milk. Mix well.

  5. Shape the mixture into about 3 to 4 dozen meatballs.

  6. Arrange the meatballs on a foil-lined rimmed baking sheet. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes.

  7. Transfer the meatballs to the slow cooker. Pour the refrigerated sauce mixture over the meatballs. 

  8. Cover and cook on LOW for 2 to 3 hours, or until hot and bubbly.

  9. Makes about 2 to 3 dozen meatballs, depending on the size.

Tips for Meatballs

  • Use a small cookie scoop or spoon to keep the meatballs uniform in size, or weigh them as you shape them. A good size is around 1 inch or a little less in diameter, which would be about 3/4 ounce to 1-ounce in weight.

  • Another way to make the meatballs uniform is to pat the meat mixture out into a large square on a sheet of wax paper. Score the meat into precise squares and then shape the squares into meatballs.