Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs – The perfect 4 ingredient crock pot meal or appetizer! Filled with flavor, these meatballs taste amazing and are so easy to make!
Slow Cooker Hawaiian Meatballs
I might never make another meatball recipe again because these meatballs are so good! Now it may sound crazy but these meatballs are just about the perfect appetizer for parties or easy dinner recipe served over rice. Made with just 4 ingredients – frozen meatballs, canned pineapple, barbecue sauce, and soy sauce – all you do is combine them in a slow cooker. That’s it! My picky husband even thought these were great!
Now this recipe makes about 4-6 servings depending on if it’s a meal or an appetizer. It’s super easy to double or even triple for a party and you can customize the flavor a bit by experimenting with what type of barbecue sauce you use. Personally, I went for a pretty basic barbecue sauce but next time I want to try making my own and using it. I also like to serve the meatballs with a bit of green onion on top and sesame seeds.
Common Questions About Making Hawaiian Meatballs
What are hawaiian meatballs?
Hawaiian meatballs are a simple four ingredient appetizer or meal made in a slow cooker with meatballs, canned pineapple, barbecue sauce, and soy sauce.
Should I use fresh or frozen meatballs?
Any meatballs would work whether they are homemade or frozen. If you go the homemade route, just make sure you cook them first. If they are frozen, don’t worry about thawing them. Just put them in the slow cooker frozen.
What type of meat should my meatballs be?
Any type of meat (or even meatless) will be fine. I used frozen turkey and chicken blend but beef, pork, or a blend of those would taste great too.
Are hawaiian meatballs an appetizer or a meal?
Either! If you are serving it as an appetizer, sprinkle some green onions and sesame seeds on top. If you are making a meal out of it, serving the meatballs over white rice.
What size slow cooker should I use?
I would use at least a 2-3 quart slow cooker but you can always use a bigger one.
Can I use fresh pineapple?
Of course! Use about 2 cups of fresh pineapple either cut into chunks or slices.
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