Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Total Time
8hrs 20mins
Prep 20 mins
Cook 8 hrs

This is a crockpot recipe. It has lots of sweet and sour sauce...Yum!!! It looks pretty with meatballs and pineapple chunks. I like to serve it with a crunchy vegetable saute. I almost always use venison in this recipe because the meat is so lean. This is one of dh's favorite foods!

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine meat, egg, salt, pepper, 1 tablespoons cornstarch, and onion (I use a kitchenaid mixer).
  2. Shape into 1 1/2 inch balls.
  3. Brown in oil in a heavy skillet.
  4. Transfer to a crock pot.
  5. Mix sauce ingredients: vinegar, sugar, soy sauce and corn starch in a small bowl.
  6. Pour over meatballs.
  7. Cook on low 6-8 hours or high 2-4, depending how thick you want the sauce, stirring several times.
  8. During the last 30 minutes of cooking, add the undrained pineapple and pineapple juice.
  9. Serve over rice.
Most Helpful

This was so tasty! I put this on just after lunch today, and it was ready by 6 PM. I used ground chicken for the meatballs and it worked great. I had to keep switching between High and Low heat, and I did stir it every hour or so just to get the sauce mixed in. I have to agree - there is a bit too much cornstarch. When mine was done, the sauce was lovely and thick but the mouth feel of the starch was still there. I didn't add extra liquid, but I did use OJ in place of the pineapple juice. My kids happily ate it on rice too.

Seedbeads December 30, 2009

A previous reviewer mentioned the lack of a "tomato"/"red" element, so after some thought, I added a small tin of tomato paste to the ingredients given here. It was superb! Lots of compliments! I did have to add a cup of water in the middle of cooking; the sauce got WAY too thick. And I added a red pepper because it looked so sad without a veggie... :-))) YUM! Will definitely make this again.

Jay3fer January 28, 2008

I'm not sure if I would make these again. It seemed to be missing a tomato ingredient (catsup, tomato paste) which is found in many S&S recipes - I didn't think about this until the recipe was in the crockpot and wondered where the red color was. And there was too much cornstarch - I stirred at one point and it was still very thin; 30 minutes later it was paste! I had to add another 3/4 cup liquid.

appleydapply October 24, 2007