Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Happy Almost Superbowl!  Now Superbowl Sunday is coming up and this is going to be my dinner for that night! I have mentioned before how the “big game” really isn’t about the game at all for me . . . it’s all about the food. 🙂 I think that an excuse to get together with friends and family and pig out on yummy appetizers and snack foods is the perfect day!

I made this recipe a couple of months ago for my family and my kids loved it! They had never had meatballs before and they thought that it was the coolest food! You could whip this dish up for your Super Bowl party in a matter of minutes, or even serve it over rice as a yummy dinner.
Feel free to make your own meatballs or even substitute turkey meatballs- they will all work fine for this recipe.

Tips for Making Meatballs

  • Now you can make homemade meatballs, or you can get some premade at the store! If you are going for a quick recipe, I would suggest grabbing some on the frozen isle!
  • This recipe is SO easy to make in the Instant Pot too! Just add 1/2 cup of water to the ingredients and cook it on manual for 7 minutes. Do a quick release when you are done! (You can see me making this recipe in the Instant Pot in the video below
  • Most meatballs are already pre-cooked, so if you are in a huge hurry, you can even make this recipe on the stove top! Just make sure the meatballs are heated all the way through!

Instant Pot Meatballs

Did you know you can make this recipe in the Instant Pot? It is just as easy, (if not easier) than the normal slow cooker recipe! Down below in the video, I show you how to make Sweet and Sour Meatballs in the Instant Pot, along with 3 other DELICIOUS meatball recipes!

How to Make Sweet and sour Meatballs (Video)
Side dishes for meatballs:

Although you have rice and meatballs, I like to have other things as a side dish for this recipe. These are some of my favorite:


Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs
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  • 1 (10 oz) jar sweet and sour sauce
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 2 lbs frozen meatballs
  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 medium green bell pepper, cubed
  • 1 medium onion, cubed
  • 1 (20 oz) can pineapple chunks, drained


  1. Spray inside of slow cooker with non-stick cooking spray. Place all ingredients inside the slow cooker and stir gently. Place lid on slow cooker. Cook on low for 7-8 hours or on high for 4-5 hours.
  2. Serve over rice as a main dish or serve with toothpicks for a yummy appetizer.

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37 Responses to “Slow Cooker Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

    • Charlotte
      I always make homemade meatballs and freeze for later use in a slow cooker...They are VERY versatile!!! I cooked and then froze 14 lbs meatballs before school started for LOTS of quick meals!!! Just put in slow cooker with whatever sauce/gravy you want and serve with rice, pasta, or on toasted hoagie buns!
  1. deborah
    I looking to make this for an appetizer for our pre wedding bbq. i'm doing a test run this weekend on the recipe. I was wondering how many people this fed as i'm not good at double recipes. for some reason it just never turns out. is there anyway you can help so I don't mess up the recipe when I make a bigger batch. i'm having about 12-16 people.
    • Hi Deborah, Just click on the MAGIC button under the picture and then click on NUTRITION. It will give you the servings and all nutritional info on this recipe. You may want to get more than one crock pot going if you are going to double or triple the batch. Should feed around 6. The MAGIC button takes you to our new sister site - So many fun recipes. Be sure to stop by when you are looking for a recipe. Hope this helps and best of luck on your pre-wedding BBQ. Sounds so fun!! -The Six Sisters
  2. I'm definitely trying this. I use to make thes all the time in the Wok when I was a kid and into early adult. But one moving day we lost the whole thing some how. But I love my slow cooker. My question is that I have 3 lbs of meatballsb and your recipe calls for 2 lbs . What would be a good adjustment to the ingredients so it's just right? Thank you for your help. I'm tring this out for this weekends halloween party. This will be a life saver.
    • You could make your own meatballs. Just need to be sure they hold their shape after being cooked and when stirred occasionally that they won't break apart. This recipe really just needs to be heated through and have the peppers and onion cooked to your liking. You should be fine with the cooking times, but check on it every now and then to be sure it's not overcooked.
  3. I am not very confident with my Crock-Pot and am never sure to cook things on high or low. Did you find better results at one of the temperatures? I am thinking of serving these for a party so I would like to time them right. I would want the vegetables cooked, but not mushy and the meatballs hot(I believe they are already pre-cooked)?

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