The Sweet & Sour Meatball Sauce


Sweet and sour meatballs are among the most popular recipes among many families. No wonder, they are pretty easy to prepare and incredibly tasty. When cooking meatballs, you should insert a thermometer in some of them to make sure they’ve reached a temperature of 165 degrees at least. With all the current beef recalls, it’s far better to be safe than sorry.

Sweet and sour meatballs are good on rice, especially white rice. However, you don’t have to eat them on rice each time. If you want to go all retro, you can stick toothpicks in the meatballs and serve them as appetizers.

Sweet and Sour Sauce, on the other hand, is the classic sweet and tasty dipping sauce mainly found in Chinese takeout restaurants. The other option is meal delivery services, which are actually trustworthy and popular worldwide. Here are the reviews of some good ones. It has only six ingredients, and you can prepare it in less than 10 minutes. Here are some of the best sweet and sour meatball recipes that you can prepare and enjoy with your family.

  1. Crock-Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Sweet and sour meatballs are pretty simple to prepare and also cook with an easy Asian-style sauce and pineapples. These meatballs make a great appetizer, and you can also serve them as the main dish with Asian style noodles or hot boiled rice and tossed salad.


Meatballs ingredients

  • One egg that’s lightly beaten)
  •  1 pound ground beef
  •  1/4 teaspoon of salt
  •  One tablespoon of cornstarch
  •  1/4 teaspoon of pepper
  •  Two teaspoons of soy sauce (low sodium tamari or low sodium)
  •  Two tablespoons of fine plain cornflake crumbs or bread crumbs
  •  Two tablespoons of onion (finely minced or grated)
  •  One tablespoon of cooking oil
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 Sauce ingredients

  • Three tablespoons of cornstarch
  •  Three tablespoons of vinegar
  •  4 cups of hot cooked rice
  •  One big sweet bell pepper cut into one-inch pieces
  •  1/2 cup of sugar
  •  One can of pineapple chunks
  •  One tablespoon of soy sauce (low sodium tamari or low sodium)

 Steps to prepare

  • In a big bowl, combine the beaten egg with ground beef, one tablespoon of cornstarch, the pepper and salt, bread crumbs, minced onion, and two teaspoons of some soy sauce. Shape the mixture into 1 ½ inch meatballs.
  •  Place a big cooking pot over medium heat and lightly brown the meatballs in some vegetable oil. Drain them well, and if you want, you can also bake your meatballs in a baking pan rimmed with foil for around15 to 20 minutes in a 350 F oven.
  • Transfer your browned meatballs to a slow cooker.
  • In a small container, combine vinegar, sugar, cornstarch, bell pepper, and one tablespoon of soy sauce; stir to blend and then pour the mixture over the meatballs.
  • Cover and then cook on low heat for around 5 to 7 hours.
  • Stir in the pineapple with juice in the last 30 minutes of your cooking. If you prefer thicker juices, combine more cornstarch using cold water and then add. Stir until it thickens.
  • Serve this sweet and sour meatballs recipe with hot cooked noodles or rice.
  1. Appetizer Meatballs with Red Wine Sauce
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This appetizer meatballs recipe is made using a tasty red wine sauce. You can also serve these delicious meatballs as a main dish. They can be served with hot cooked noodles or rice and your family’s preferred vegetables. The meatballs are usually served hot from a slow cooker, which makes them a perfect appetizer for house parties, tailgating, or potluck events.

Meatballs ingredients

  • 1/2 cup of plain bread crumbs
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • 3/4 teaspoon of cornstarch
  • 1/4 cup of finely chopped onion
  • Dash ground allspice
  • Two teaspoons of Worcestershire sauce
  • One large beaten egg
  • One teaspoon of salt
  • 1/4 cup of chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup of evaporated milk

For the Sauce:

  • 1 cup of water
  • 1/2 cup of dry red wine
  • Two cubes of beef bouillon
  • Two tablespoons and one teaspoon of cornstarch
  • 1/2 teaspoon of granulated sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon of onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon of garlic powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon of freshly grounded black pepper
  • Kosher salt

Steps to prepare

  • Combine all the meatball ingredients. Mix them well and shape the mixture into one-inch meatballs. Put in a big shallow baking dish and bake for 15 minutes at 400 F.
  • In a saucepan, whip water, and cornstarch. Add the beef base or bouillon cubes, red wine, onion powder, 1/8 teaspoon of pepper, and garlic powder. Cook over medium heat while constantly stirring until thickened. Add some salt to taste, if needed.
  • Combine all the meatballs with sauce in a clean chafing dish or put it on a slow cooker and then set it on warm or warm for serving.
  • Serve your meatballs with some toothpicks and place small plates with some napkins for your guests.
  1. Sweet & Sour Meatballs and Pineapple
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This recipe is pretty easy to make, and the tasty sauce for the sweet and sour meatballs is usually flavored with bell pepper strips, celery, and pineapple. You can serve the meatballs with some rice and steamed broccoli, carrots, or green beans.




  • Two tablespoons of minced onions
  • 1/4 cup of dry and fine bread crumbs
  • 1 pound of lean ground beef
  • Two tablespoons of vegetable oil
  • 1/3 cup of cider vinegar
  • 2 cups of water, separately
  • One well-beaten egg
  • 1 cup of sliced celery
  • 1/3 cup of light brown sugar
  • tablespoons of soy sauce
  • 1 cup of pineapple chunks
  • Green bell pepper, sliced in some strips
  • Red-bell pepper, sliced in some strips
  • Dash pepper
  • One teaspoon of salt

 Steps to prepare

  • In a big mixing bowl, mix dry bread crumbs with salt, pepper, 1/2 cup water, and minced onion. Add egg and ground beef. Shape the beef mixture into around 16 meatballs.
  • Put your meatballs in a big skillet and slowly brown them over medium-low heat.
  • Once the meatballs are cooked through and browned, remove them from the skillet and put aside.
  • Cook pepper and celery strips in a skillet for around five minutes. Add the remaining water, brown sugar, soy sauce, and vinegar. 
  • Mix cornstarch with some cold water and then add to a skillet; stir and cook for around 4 minutes. 
  • Add pineapple and meatballs. Cook until thoroughly heated.
  • Serve with hot noodles or rice, along with green beans or steamed broccoli.
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