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These sweet and sour meatballs are the perfect quick and easy dinner every family will love.
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Delicious, tangy sweet and sour meatballs are a favorite homemade dinner in our family. Meatballs are simmered in a tasty from-scratch sauce, then served over tender rice. Ready in just 30 minutes, this yummy, hearty meal is a winner. Grab these Tyson products at your local Albertson’s store and get ready to make a wonderful meal.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

This amazing sweet and sour meatballs recipe is an often requested family favorite. I especially love serving it during the busy holiday season because it’s so easy and quick to make.

It’s perfect for a weeknight dinner with family or to serve guests at a holiday gathering.

It may be a simple recipe but the taste is incredible and will taste like you’ve slaved away in the kitchen for hours.

Meatball and Sweet and sour

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Ingredients for Sweet and Sour Meatballs

  • Two packages of Aidells® Teriyaki & Pineapple Meatballs
  • Six slices Jimmy Dean® Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 1 can chunk pineapple, drain and reserve the juice
  • 1 yellow pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 orange pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Pineapple juice from the can of chunk pineapple with water added to equal 2 cups
  • 3 tablespoon corn starch
  • Green onions, for optional garnish

The Aidells® Meatballs add a great flavor to this recipe — they’re made from chicken infused with ginger, soy, and pineapple. There are also no nitrites or added hormones. They are fully cooked, making them a great option to heat and serve.

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Jimmy Dean® Bacon is real wood smoked and hand-trimmed. It offers a complex, irresistible flavor that goes beyond the breakfast plate. It’s the perfect garnish for these meatballs. Although you might want to make a couple of extra pieces to nosh on while making the rest of the meal. 😉

Check out this brand page for more holiday recipes using Aidells® Meatballs and Jimmy Dean® Bacon!

How to Make Sweet and Sour Meatballs

In a large skillet cook the slices of bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel and let cool. Then chop into small pieces.

In a large skillet add the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over high heat.

Whisk together the pineapple juice/water mixture along with the cornstarch. Pour this into the boiling sauce and bring back to a boil, whisking until thick.

Add the meatballs into the sauce.

Add the chopped peppers and pineapple and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until meatballs are heated through and peppers have softened a bit.

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What to Serve with Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Our favorite way to serve is over white or brown rice.

You could also serve over cauliflower rice, egg noodles, lo mein, or alongside your favorite potatoes. Zucchini noodles would be another yummy option!

You can garnish with chopped green onions and crispy Jimmy Dean® Bacon.

Bacon makes everything better, yes? 🙂

Pro tip: you could also skip the rice and serve these meatballs on their own as a party appetizer.

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Can You Freeze Sweet and Sour Meatballs?

Yes! After cooling, place inside a freezer-safe container or bag and pop into the freezer for two to three months.

When you’re ready to reheat, place in the fridge to thaw and then heat over the stove before serving.

I sometimes make a double portion of this meal so that I can serve for dinner and freeze the second batch for a fast warm-up another night.

Pro tip: you could pop these in your crockpot to heat up!

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

5 from 2 votes
These sweet and sour meatballs are the perfect quick and easy dinner every family will love.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 8

Ingredients
  

  • Two packages of Aidells Meatballs Teriyaki and Pineapple
  • Six slices Jimmy Dean Hickory Smoked Bacon
  • 1 can chunk pineapple drain and reserve the juice
  • 1 yellow pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 1 orange pepper cut into bite-size pieces
  • 2/3 cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 4 tablespoon rice wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • Pineapple juice from the can of chunk pineapple with water added to equal 2 cups
  • 3 tablespoon corn starch
  • Garnish: Green onions

Instructions
 

  • In a large skillet cook the slices of bacon until crisp. Remove to a paper towel and let cool. Then chop into small pieces.
  • In a large skillet add the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, and soy sauce and bring to a boil over high heat.
  • Whisk together the pineapple juice/water mixture along with the cornstarch. Pour this into the boiling sauce and bring back to a boil, whisking until thick.
  • Add the meatballs into the sauce.
  • Add the chopped peppers and pineapple and simmer over medium heat for 20 minutes until meatballs are heated through and peppers have softened a bit.
  • Serve over hot rice and garnish with green onions and bacon.

Nutrition

Calories: 110.74kcal | Carbohydrates: 26.77g | Protein: 0.99g | Fat: 0.11g | Saturated Fat: 0.02g | Sodium: 393.88mg | Potassium: 144.09mg | Fiber: 0.53g | Sugar: 21.77g | Vitamin A: 572.44IU | Vitamin C: 46.91mg | Calcium: 19.25mg | Iron: 0.43mg
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