Stupid-Easy Recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs (#1 Top-Rated)


Tender beef and pork meatballs, coated in a tangy homemade sauce. Serve these at your next party and watch them disappear in no time!

Satisfy your sweet tooth with this easy-to-make recipe for Sweet and Sour Meatballs.

1. Info for Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Cook Time: 35 min
  • Total Time: 35 min
  • Servings: 8
  • Calories: 272.36 kcal

2. Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • 1/2 yellow onion
  • 1 Tbsp. olive oil
  • 1 lb. 85% lean ground beef
  • 1 lb. ground pork
  • 2 large eggs
  • 3/4 cup panko
  • 1/4 tsp. ground nutmeg
  • 1/4 tsp. allspice
  • 1/4 tsp. dry mustard
  • 1 3/4 tsp. salt
  • Black pepper
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 1/3 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or tamari)
  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 dash cayenne

3. Directions:

3.1 Preheat

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

3.2 Prep

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper. Set aside.

Mince the onion.

3.3 Stove

Set a small skillet over medium-high heat and pour in the olive oil. Once oil is shimmering, add the minced onion. Cook, stirring frequently, until onion is softened and beginning to brown, 5-6 minutes.

3.4 Prep

Transfer the cooked onion to a large mixing bowl. Add the ground beef, ground pork, eggs, panko, nutmeg, allspice, dry mustard, salt, and black pepper. Using clean hands, work the ingredients together until thoroughly combined.

Roll the meat mixture into 24 balls about 1 inch in diameter, or 1.5 oz. each, and place on the prepared baking sheet.

3.5 Oven

Bake the meatballs on middle rack of oven until cooked through, 16-17 minutes.

3.6 Prep

To make the sweet and sour sauce, place the pineapple juice, ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar, and cayenne in a large pot and whisk until combined. Set the pot over medium-high heat and bring to a boil. Once boiling, reduce the heat to medium-low so that sauce is vigorously simmering. Simmer, stirring regularly with a rubber spatula, until sauce is thickened and reduced, for 10-15 minutes.

3.7 Check

Check to see that meatballs are done. Remove from oven or add time as needed.

3.8 Stove

Transfer the meatballs to the pot of sauce. Simmer until heated through, 3-4 minutes.

3.9 Serve

Transfer meatballs and sauce to a large bowl and serve immediately.


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