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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Sweet & Sour Meatballs







What Is Sweet & Sour Meatballs

My sweet and sour meatballs is basically made the same way as my Italian meatballs used with the Spaghetti & Meatballs recipe. The only difference is the Sweet & Sour sauce.



When we make meatballs in my home, we usually do enough meatballs to last for leftovers the next day. As I mentioned in the other recipe, I use a mixture of ground beef & ground pork. However, you may also just use the beef.




Meatballs Ingredients




  • Ground Beef
  • Ground Pork
  • Minced garlic
  • Onion – grated over the breadcrumbs
  • Minced green peppers
  • Eggs
  • Bread Crumbs- Panko preferably as it has a bigger crumb and will make your meatballs more tender
  • Grated Parmesan Cheese or substitute with seasoned salt & garlic salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Garlic Powder
  • Milk


Sauce Ingredients




  • White Sugar
  • Apple Cider Vinegar
  • Pineapple Juice
  • Ketchup
  • Worcestershire Sauce
  • Light Soy Sauce
  • Oyster Sauce
  • Salt
  • Cornstarch
  • Water
  • Green Bell Pepper
  • Red Bell Pepper
  • Onions
  • Pineapples

















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  • Combine all meatballs ingredients in a mixing bowl
  • Mix together with clean hands or seasoning gloves
  • I like to use a 1 Tbsp. Vollrath scoop to measure out meatballs and roll into balls, place on baking sheet 1″ apart.
  • Bake on sheet pan, turning once in half the time.
  • Combine the sauce according to instructions
  •  After baking on a large sheet pan I place the meatballs in the sauce and simmer for about 5 minutes – 10 minutes which makes them even softer.


Whenever we make meatballs at home, we usually make marinara sauce and a batch of sweet & sour sauce each in a separate pot (as you will see that recipe in another post), so we will split the meatballs between both sauces. So if you are only making one of the sauces, you may want to double the recipe.








Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 6
Author Dianne



  • 1/2 lb. Ground Beef
  • 1 lb. Ground Pork
  • 1/4 Cup Onions minced
  • 4 cloves Garlic minced
  • 1 Tbsp. Grated Parmesean Cheese or 1 tsp. Garlic Salt + 1 tsp. Seasoned Salt
  • 1/4 tsp. Black Pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. Garlic Powder
  • 2 Eggs beaten
  • 2 Tbsp. Milk
  • 2 cups Bread Crumbs

Sweet & Sour Sauce

  • 2/3 cup White Sugar
  • 1/4 cup Apple Cider Vinegar
  • 1/4 cup + 1 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1/4 cup + 2 Tbsp. Pineapple Juice
  • 2 tsp. Worcestershire Sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. Light Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp. Oyster Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp. Salt
  • 1 cup Water
  • 2-1/2 Tbsp. Corn Starch diluted in 3 Tbsp. Water
  • 8 oz. can Pineapples cut in small pieces
  • 1/4 cup Onions cut in chunks
  • 1/4 cup Green & Red Bell Pepper cut in chunks


  1. Combine all meatballs ingredients together in a medium bowl, mix well using clean hands.

  2. Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees. Grease a baking sheet with oil or spray with non-stick cooking spray.

  3. Using a 1 Tbsp. scoop, measure out meatballs and roll into 1 1/2" circles or desired sizes. Place 1/2" apart on baking sheet until finished.

  4. Bake 15 minutes on one side, turn each meatball and bake 15 minutes on the other side or until brown. Place in sauce and simmer 5-10 minutes.


  1. If only using this sauce, may double ingredients.

    Add all sauce ingredients to a small pot except diluted cornstarch and bring to a boil. Simmer for about 1 minute.

  2. Once boiling, add diluted cornstarch and continue to stir for about 1 minute until slightly thickens and becomes clear.

  3. When meatballs are cooked, add to sauce and simmer 5-10 minutes and serve.

Recipe Notes

This dish serves well alone as an appetizer, or as a meal with rice, mashed potatoes, vegetables, or quinoa.

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