Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels
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I love meatballs and I love my slow cookers.  Combine the two for a fabulous slow cooker meatball dinner that comes together in a few minutes and then cooks while you do other important things.  Add rice and a vegetable for an easy and quick dinner.

Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels

I am a big fan of keeping a bag of frozen meatballs in my freezer at all times because they are so versatile.  You can use them with pasta, of course, but you can also make things like slow cooker barbecue meatballs or in soup like Italian Wedding Soup or Meatball Minetsrone. These fabulous meatball sandwiches from Brandie at Homecooking Memories look amazing, too.  Most of the time I don't even need to defrost the meatballs so if I forget about dinner – we have meatballs!

I will admit though that making meatballs is not exactly my favorite kitchen task and I can't wait until my kids are old enough so I can delegate meatball making to them.  So in order to avoid having to make meatballs a lot, I usually make up a huge batch – like 5 pounds worth of ground beef.  When making that large of a batch, I bake the meatballs in the oven at around 400 degrees for about 20 minutes or until the tops are nice and brown.  I throw them in freezer bags in 1 pound allotments and I'm set for a good 3-5 meals.

I use a Hamilton Beach Programmable Slow Cooker to make a big batch of pineapple meatballs. But I've also made them in a smaller Crock Pot Slow Cooker especially if I'm making them as an appetizer.  You want to make sure your slow cooker is roughly 2/3 full for the best cooking results and adjust your slow cooker as such.

Slow cooker pineapple meatballs are another delicious and easy way to make a quick meatball themed meal.  I loved the sweetness of the dish paired with rice and a little soy sauce.  These would also be great as side dish or appetizer for a buffet or even the Super Bowl!

Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs

Serves 4-6     adjust servings


  • 1 batch homemade meatballs , cooked (or 1 pound store bought)
  • 1 20 oz can crushed pineapple
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup white vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons arrowroot powder or corn starch
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • Chopped carrots, onions or green peppers (optional)


  1. Put meatballs and any vegetables in a 2 quart slow cooker.
  2. In a bowl, mix together pineapple, sugar, vinegar, corn starch and soy sauce.
  3. Pour sauce over meatballs.
  4. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  5. Remove lid and allow to cook for another 30 minutes (this helps the sauce thicken a bit).
  6. Serve over rice.
Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Amount Per Serving As Served
Calories 256kcal Calories from fat 40
% Daily Value
Total Fat 4g 6%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Transfat 0g
Cholesterol 15mg 5%
Sodium 460mg 19%
Carbohydrate 50g 17%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 42g
Protein 5g

Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs:

Calories 2000
Total Fat Less than 65g
Sat Fat Less than 25g
Cholesterol Less than 300mg
Sodium Less than 2,400mg
Total Carbohydrate 300g
Dietary Fiber 25g
Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels
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12 comments on “Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs

  1. Never use pineapple to make meatballs before, do you have a recipe to make the meatball? Thanks.

  2. Joanne on said:

    Very tasty — thank you!

  3. Nice easy recipe.

  4. Oh yum. That does look good!

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  6. I have a lot of frozen pineapples I bought on sale and I have been looking for a recipe to use them. This looks yummy! I think I will make these this weekend. Crossing fingers my Step Son will love them, since he doesn’t usually like warm fruit.

  7. Oh my….David would LOVE these! Thanks for sharing them and for mentioning my meatball sandwiches!