Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs take just a few minutes of prep in the morning and you will come home to the most delicious meatballs in a sweet and sour pineapple sauce. A kid favorite and so simple!
I love making meatballs in the slow cooker for parties. Some of my other favorites are Slow Cooker Cranberry Meatballs and Slow Cooker Coca-Cola BBQ Meatballs!
My kids have been obsessed with meatballs lately.
I guess I should say more obsessed because meatballs have always been a favorite. But lately, they can’t get enough. I made spaghetti the other night and all the meatballs were gone well before the noodles were!
Since a couple of my boys are currently going through weird picky stages, I’ve decided we’re having meatballs for every meal!
Okay maybe not, but I figured I could make them more often and switch it up from the usual spaghetti.
My kids ate the entire batch of these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs!
In one sitting.
The sauce is sweet and sour but it isn’t the usual red sweet and sour sauce like the one I use in my sweet and sour chicken – this one is made from pineapple juice, brown sugar, vinegar, and soy sauce.
- Frozen meatballs – whatever your favorite brand is. I buy frozen turkey meatballs most of the time to keep it a little lighter.
- Can pineapple chunks
- Brown sugar
- White vinegar
- Soy sauce
What To Serve with Hawaiian Meatballs
You can serve these Hawaiian Meatballs as a party snack, right from your slow cooker. Just set the slow cooker to warm and put some toothpicks next to it.
If you want to make it an easy weeknight dinner, I usually serve it over rice to soak up all that sauce. And then I’ll add roasted broccoli or green beans on the side.
Can You Make Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs Ahead?
Yes, you prep these meatballs ahead of time!
Since the recipe calls for frozen meatballs, you really just have to make the sauce. So if you are super short on time, go ahead and make the sauce and store it in your fridge overnight so that all you have to do is put the meatballs and pineapple in and then pour the already mixed sauce on top.
Can You Freeze Hawaiian Meatballs?
Yes, these Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs freeze beautifully!
I’ve done the ziploc bag method where you just put all the ingredients (meatballs, pineapple, and sauce) in a ziploc freezer bag so that all you have to do is dump the entire bag into the slow cooker and it makes preparing this dinner even easier!
You can also freeze them after cooking. Just make sure to use an airtight, freezer-safe container (ziploc freezer bags work here, too!) and consume within 3 months. You can defrost them overnight in the fridge and reheat on the stove or put them frozen into the slow cooker to cook all day.
More Slow Cooker Recipes
- Slow Cooker White Chicken Chili
- Slow Cooker Beer and Brown Sugar Kielbasa
- Slow Cooker Cheesy Potato Broccoli Soup
- Crockpot Cheeseburgers
- Slow Cooker Teriyaki Chicken
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Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs
- 3 pound package frozen meatballs
- 20 ounce can pineapple chunks, drained BUT save the juice!
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons cornstarch
- ⅔ cup white vinegar
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne, optional
- Put meatballs and pineapple chunks in slow cooker.
- In a large bowl, stir together pineapple juice, brown sugar, cornstarch, white vinegar, soy sauce, and cayenne (if using). Pour over the meatballs.
- Cook on low for 3 - 4 hours.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 12 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 433Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 9gTrans Fat: 1gUnsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 75mgSodium: 918mgCarbohydrates: 36gFiber: 3gSugar: 28gProtein: 17g
Dawn Riter says
I have made these a few times now… Always a big hit!!! Everybody loves them. Today it is a part of our Thanksgiving dinner 😁.
amy d says
Made these tonight for a Hawaiian party, they were really delicious!! Will definitely save this recipe!! THX
Keith Hamm says
This recipe works, but I add thick sliced onions and green and red peppers to it. The idea is to stab the onion and pepper and a meatball on a round toothpick.
Erica Acevedo says
I love meatballs in all forms and flavors, but these are my new favorite!! I use my own homemade meatballs (that I freeze in advance), and these come with me to every potluck now! Everyone loves these so much more than those grape jelly monsters that are so popular – the pineapple is the key!
Shadi Hasanzadenemati says
These meatballs look so tasty and delicious! Love the pineapples and the flavor is just on point!
Trying this recipe for the first time today. Looks awesome and a very simple recipe. Going to eat them while watching the football ???? game. Enjoy! !!
These are just finishing in the slow cooker. 45 mins left. Sneaked a taste. They are so good. Very tasty. I just added sauteed mushrooms and green peppers. I wasn’t sure because of the no Ketchup in the sauce but this is a keeper. I know I will be making this again.
My daughter loves these! Thanks for the recipe!
I am making these for an office pot luck, I’m waiting for them to finish cooking now, they smell amazing. I can’t wait to try them.
heather @french press says
I love that this sauce is ketchup free, and we all LOVE pineapple – so excited to give these a try
Joanie @ ZagLeft says
What a great idea for a sauce. Those frozen meatballs are great to keep on hand, my kids love them too.
Holy crap. I`m totally saving this recipe. I`ll be like your kids and eat the entire thing. I love Hawaiian flavored meatballs. Plus, this recipe is pretty straight-forward.
Sandra | Sandra's Easy Cooking says
Those are so perfect! I could go for some right now! Great recipe
[email protected] Well Floured Kitchen says
My kids would definitely eat meatballs at every meal (and me too!). Being Italian I definitely get stuck in the red sauce rut. My family obsesses over anything labeled “Hawaiian”, so this would definitely be a hit. Great idea!
Gerry @ Foodness Gracious says
These look so good..my kids love meatballs but I feel like it’s always in marinara for them..they’d dig these :)
Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron says
I love Hawaiian Meatballs and you made this recipe so simple! Love this and I’m sure my family would eat it right up too :)
Nutmeg Nanny says
These look awesome! I’m such a huge fan of the whole pineapple with my meat. Plus who doesn’t love meatballs?