If you are in the market for a super simple recipe that will make you the star of any party, look no further. If you are looking for a quick and easy dinner idea that your kids will actually eat, these easy sweet and sour Crock Pot meatballs are for you, too. We’ve made these meatballs countless times, both with homemade meatballs (because I’m a freak and actually enjoy making meatballs) and premade frozen meatballs, and every time they are a hit.
I understand that making my own meatballs completely defeats the purpose of an “easy” recipe, especially when the frozen store-bought meatballs are just as delicious, and my sister-in-law, Stephanie even called me out on my homemade meatballs.
Easy Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs
- About 2½ pounds frozen meatballs
- 2 cups packed brown sugar (I thought this was a lot, and was tempted to use less. Two cups is just right.)
- ½ cup water
- ½ cup white vinegar
- 2 Tablespoons flour
- 3 Tablespoons ketchup
- 3 Tablespoons soy sauce
- Optional: one can pineapple chunks, drained
- Place meatballs in slow cooker.
- Combine all other ingredients in a small saucepan.
- Heat until bubbly and somewhat thickened.
- Pour over meatballs.
- If desired, stir in pineapple chunks.
- Cover and cook on low for 2-3 hours, or until meatballs are heated through.
I used my 6.5-Quart Crock-Pot Programmable Touchscreen Slow Cooker to make these yummy Easy Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs.
While I was digging into my meatballs the first time I made them, I thought of my mother-in-law’s sweet and sour meatballs that she serves on Christmas Eve. I jumped up, fork in my hand and a meatball in mouth, and ran to the pantry to see if we had any canned pineapple chunks. We did, and I dumped them into the Crock Pot to serve with the rest of the meatballs. Next time, I’ll add the pineapple at the beginning. It added a nice dimension to the meatballs, even though it may make them a little more fancy shmancy.
These are great meal when served with rice, and would make a nice appetizer. My kids love to stick a meatball with a toothpick and eat it like a lollipop. Or shake it around like a meaty bobblehead. Who needs cake pops when you’ve got sweet and sour meatballs?
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