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Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs

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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!

Yield: 4-6 servings

Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs

Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs - Growing Up Gabel @thegabels


  • 1 pound cooked meatballs
  • 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.

Adapted from Six Sisters’ Stuff.

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  • Tiana @
    September 15, 2017

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

    • Camille
      September 15, 2017

      I just used frozen meatballs!

  • Joanne
    May 15, 2014

    Very tasty — thank you!

  • Liz
    March 29, 2014

    Nice easy recipe.

  • Ellen Christian
    August 9, 2013

    Oh yum. That does look good!

    • Camille
      August 9, 2013

      Thanks, Ellen!! They are pretty yummy!

  • Amy
    January 17, 2013

    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.

  • Brandie (
    January 15, 2013

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

    • Angelo
      May 14, 2015

      This really sounds great and I intend to try it this weekend. Do you drain the Pineapple before mixing the other ingredients? Thanks; will let you know how they come out. Angelo