Sweet & Sour Meatballs

I love Hawaiian meatballs! My Mom had the best recipe for these growing up and I remember we often took them to potlucks and hockey windups. They were always a hit!

I modified the original recipe slightly by reducing the brown sugar by a little bit since there’s a lot of sugar in these. I love the blend of the savoury meatballs with the sweet & sour sauce and the pineapple! You’ll know from the Swedish Meatballs post, that I LOVE pineapple! But I know not everyone loves it like I do, so feel free to leave that out šŸ™‚


  • 1 lb ground pork
  • 1 lb ground beef
  • 1 egg
  • 3 tbsp LF sausage & burger seasoning or seasonings of your choice
  • 1/2 onion, minced, optional
  • 1 1/2 cups brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1/2 cup white vinegar or pineapple juice
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 tbsp soya sauce
  • 2 cups chopped pineapple, or 1 large can of pineapple chunks


Preheat the oven to 350F.

In a large bowl, mix together ground pork, ground beef, egg, seasoning, and onion. Roll into meatballs. Place on parchment paper lined cookie sheet. Place in oven and bake for 40 to 60 minutes, stirring partway through.

While the meatballs cook, prepare the sauce. In a large saucepan, blend brown sugar with flour until combined. Add vinegar (or pineapple juice), water, and soya sauce.

In a deep casserole dish, place the meatballs in the bottom and pour the sauce over top. Cook in the oven to thicken the sauce for 30 to 40 minutes.

Serve with mashed potatoes or rice. Enjoy!

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