These tangy Hawaiian Meatballs are made in the slow cooker for ease and convenience. Enjoy alone as a perfect appetizer, or served on a bed of rice for a delicious meal on busy weeknights.
Slow Cooker Tangy Hawaiian Meatballs
If you need another appetizer recipe, try these Bacon Stuffed Mushrooms!
It’s always good to have some great appetizer recipes on hand, especially this time of year. There’s plenty of entertaining coming up!
It’s even better when an appetizer recipe such as this one, can also easily be the star in a main dish by the addition of rice.
This Slow Cooker Tangy Hawaiian Meatballs recipe was first made about 8 years ago, and since I’ve made this many times over. Our whole family loves the tangy sauce and I especially love that this is an easy recipe.
I recently updated the photos and added an easy step-by-step video for you! Watch how to make slow cooker hawaiian meatballs recipe below.
How to make Slow Cooker Meatballs
This meatball appetizer recipe could not be simpler. Here are the simple ingredients you’ll need, and the full recipe is below in the printable recipe card found at the bottom of the post.
- precooked frozen meatballs
- can of pineapple chunks
- brown sugar
- cayenne pepper
- white vinegar
- soy sauce
To Make: In a medium bowl, mix reserved pineapple juice from the can, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, cayenne pepper and soy sauce. Mix and set aside.
Place meatballs into the crock pot and top with pineapple chunks and pour sauce on top. Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through. For a thicker sauce, take off slow cooker lid and cook for another 30 minutes on high.
Serve this hawaiian meatball recipe warm, alone or over white rice (or cauliflower rice for a low carb option). Sometimes I sprinkle sesame seeds on top or chopped green onions as garnish.
Can you use your own meatballs for this recipe?
You can make your own homemade meatballs for this recipe or use pre-cooked meatballs from the grocery store, like I have many times. You can use any type of meatballs from beef to turkey meatballs.
The nice thing about using pre-made is that they are also cooked, so once heated, you can enjoy. Making tender slow cooker hawaiian meatballs is not an all-day process, even though it’s a crockpot recipe.
Take note, this recipe is not sweet and sticky. It’s tangy with a sour sauce, and full of flavour. It’s become one of our favorite recipes and an excellent party food.
Another thing to note, is that it’s a good idea to take off the crockpot lid in the last 30 minutes of cooking, to thicken up the sauce. Slow Cooker recipes are great for that.
These hawaiian-style meatballs are not only a perfect recipe for family dinner, with the addition of a couple sides – but makes for a party favorite as well. You’ll love that hawaiian flavor.
Another great snack idea is good old dip recipes, and I have plenty of those too. This one is a great appetizer that we have served for guests many times in the past years.
I’ve found most are a fan of meatballs, so it’s an ultimate appetizer recipe to please the masses.
I’m here to keep you stocked on all the greatest so that your entertaining is a hit.
TIP: Store pineapple meatballs leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 5 days.
Enjoy this delicious recipe like we have for many years, whether it’s a main course for an easy weeknight dinner or a perfect appetizer.
- 2 lb precooked frozen meatballs
- 1 can Pineapple Chunks, reserve the juice
- 1 cup Brown Sugar
- 3 tbsp Cornstarch
- 1/4 tsp Cayenne Pepper
- 2/3 cup White Vinegar
- 2 tbsp Soy Sauce
- In a bowl, mix reserved pineapple juice from the can, brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar, cayenne pepper and soy sauce.
- Place meatballs in crock pot and top with drained pineapple chunks.
- Pour mixture over meatballs and pineapple.
- Cook on low for 3-4 hours or until heated through. For a thicker sauce, take off slow cooker lid and cook for another 30 minutes on high.
- Serve warm
Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 12 Servings
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 463Saturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 81mgSodium: 323mgCarbohydrates: 41gSugar: 36gProtein: 20g