Baked Sweet & Sour Meatballs


Covering meatballs with a tangy sweet and sour sauce infuses them with flavor. After you bake a fresh batch of meatballs, you simply cook them in a homemade sauce so that the meat can absorb the flavor. Serve the meatballs as an appetizer at a party or transform them into a main course meal by serving them over a bed of rice with sautéed vegetables.

Things You'll Need

  • 1 lb. lean ground beef
  • Mixing bowl
  • 1/2 cup bread crumbs
  • 1/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 egg
  • Cookie sheet
  • Slow cooker
  • 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. cornstarch
  • 1 tbsp. soy sauce
  • Saucepot
  • 13 oz. can drained pineapple chunks
  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.

  • Add 1 lb. of lean ground beef to a mixing bowl. Add 1/2 cup of bread crumbs, 1/4 cup of milk, 1/2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce and 1 egg. Mix the ingredients together and then form 1 1/2 inch balls.

  • Place the meatballs onto a cookie sheet. Bake the meatballs in the oven for 20 to 25 minutes until they are golden brown.

  • Place the baked meatballs into a slow cooker.

  • Add 1/3 cup of apple cider vinegar, 1/2 cup brown sugar, 1 tbsp. cornstarch and 1 tbsp. soy sauce to a saucepot. Bring the mixture to a boil.

  • Pour the homemade sweet and sour sauce over the meatballs. Add 1-13 oz. can of drained pineapple chunks to the slow cooker. Set the cooker on low and cook the meatball for eight hours.

Tips & Warnings

  • Add other ingredients to the sweet and sour sauce such as sauteed bell peppers, chopped onions or garlic cloves to customize the recipe to your tastes.
  • Bake the meatballs until they reach an internal temperature of 165 degrees F to prevent the risk of a food-borne illness.

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