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Sweet and sour meatball sauce is a classic American recipe that is sure to please the entire family. The sweet and tangy sauce, which is made with brown sugar, ketchup, soy sauce, vinegar, Worcestershire sauce,

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How to make sweet and sour meatball sauce

These Sweet and Sour Meatballs are made with frozen meatballs and pineapple chunks and are covered in a DELICIOUS homemade sweet and sour sauce!! It’s the perfect appetizer or dinner idea served over rice or noodles.

We love all things sweet and sour, including: Sweet and Sour Chicken and Sweet and Sour Pork. These meatballs are also favorites, and especially because they are simple and have a delicious sauce also filled with peppers and pineapples.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs with peppers and pineapple chunks

Easy + so flavorful!

We LOVE meatballs!! We may not have always liked them as a kid, but now that we are grown up, we can’t get enough of them!! We have all sorts of versions here on the site, including a homemade meatball version and have loved trying out different recipes with them.

Sometimes we take the easy route and just buy frozen meatballs, like what we did with today’s recipe for these easy sweet and sour meatballs.

We’ve been long time fans of all things sweet and sour (if you are too, you’ll love our sweet and sour chicken recipe), and we were excited to try a meatball version. We were so happy with the result. Not only was the recipe simple, but the flavors of the meatballs, sauce, and veggies were amazing! We have a homemade sweet and sour sauce we LOVE, but this is a quicker and more simple version that we loved too!

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How to make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Like I mentioned, this sauce is easy and quick!! Here are the ingredients needed to make it:

  • brown sugar
  • vinegar
  • ketchup
  • soy sauce
  • pineapple juice
  • cornstarch

SAUCE. To make it you will add the brown sugar, vinegar, ketchup, soy sauce and 2 cups of the pineapple juice to a large skillet. Bring this to a boil.

THICKEN SAUCE. While the sauce is bowling, mix cornstarch with ¼ cup of the remaining pineapple juice, whisking to get out all the lumps. Add this to your boiling sauce mixture.

ADD REMAINING INGREDIENTS. From there you will turn the heat and add the meatballs and peppers. Bring to a simmer. Cover and cook 8-10 minutes, until sauce has thickened and the meatballs are heated through. Stir in pineapple chunks.

Serve these delicious meatballs over rice or noodles and you’re set! Or just keep warm in a slow cooker and serve at your next party!!

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Easy Sweet and Sour Meatballs simmering in pan


How to store meatballs? Allow the meatballs to cool and store in an airtight container. They’ll keep in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for 2-3 months.

How to reheat? The easiest way is in the microwave, however, the oven works well and keeps the flavor and texture. To bake these, place in an oven-safe dish for 8-10 minutes at 350.

We LOVE these meatballs are so excited to make them more often! Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think. We hope you love them as much as we do! 😉

what to serve with these meatballs?

There are so many great dishes that go well with these meatballs, but here are a few on the site we love:

  • Garlic Sesame Noodles
  • Fried Rice
  • Fried Egg Rolls
  • Baked Cream Cheese Rangoon

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For more meatball recipes, check out:

  • Easy Homemade Meatballs
  • Buffalo Chicken Meatballs
  • Buffet Meatballs
  • Asian Meatballs
  • Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs
  • Pesto Chicken Meatballs

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