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Crock Pot Sweet and Sour Meatballs have a delicious combination of flavors that you will love. These meatballs make the perfect weeknight meal.

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Making this slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs always makes my family happy. These meatballs make an easy weeknight meal but can even be served as an appetizer recipe.

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Why This Recipe Works

These sweet and sour meatballs in the crock-pot recipe is always a family favorite. This recipe starts with frozen meatballs and a simple ingredient sauce makes loaded with flavor.

Crockpot meatballs always makes the perfect party appetizer. They are easy to serve with toothpicks and making in the slow cooker keeps the meatballs warm.


Sweet and sour meatballs ingredients - brown sugar, meatballs, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce, cornstarch, red bell pepper

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Variations Ideas

  • Meatballs – Feel free to use ground turkey meatballs or make Homemade meatballs out of lean ground beef.
  • Sauce – You can change the ingredients of the meatballs such as the spices. Chili sauce with garlic powder is a great addition to the sauce ingredients.
  • Pineapple – Substitute the pineapple chunks for the tidbits.

Step by Step Instructions

Combining the sauce ingredients together in a bowl

Step 1 – First, mix together the brown sugar, ketchup, vinegar, soy sauce and corn starch.

Layering the ingredients in a slow cooker

Step 2 – Second, add the meatballs in the slow cooker. I prefer the meatballs to still be frozen. Add the pineapple and diced bell peppers. Pour all of that yummy sweet and sour sauce over everything.

  • Step 3 – Finally, cook on low for 6 to 8 hours. That is really it.

Recipe Tips

  • Crockpot – I like to use crock pot liners to make clean up easy. Oh and if you need a new slow cooker, I love this programmable crock pot for days that we will be away.
  • Cooking Meatballs – You can cook on high for 3 to 4 hours but I really like to use the low setting. The sauce really blends and becomes a glaze. It’s amazing.
Crock pot sweet and sour meatballs with a wooden spoon

Serving Suggestions

This sauce is so delicious that you can basically put it on anything and it will be great.

Sweet and Sour meatballs topped on rice

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Store Leftovers

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days. We think this recipe taste even better the next day.

Can I Bake in the Oven?

Yes, you can bake this recipe by layering the ingredients in a baking dish. Then heat in a preheated oven at 350 degrees 20 minutes.

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Crock pot sweet and sour meatballs have a delicious combination of flavors that you will love. Serve over rice for a quick dinner idea.

Crockpot Sweet and Sour Meatballs

4.82 from 22 votes
crockpot sweet and sour meatballs. Now here is an easy freezer meal. This crockpot sweet n sour meatballs are delicious and the kids love it.
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 2 minutes
Servings 6
Cuisine American
Course Main Course
Calories 472


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  • Whisk together the brown sugar, ketchup, rice vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch.
  • Place the meatballs, pineapple and diced red bell peppers in a 6 quart crock pot. Pour the sauce mixture over the top.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-2.5 hours.
  • Serve over white rice and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

The flavor of these meatballs is out of this world!!!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 472kcal, Carbohydrates 42g, Protein 21g, Fat 24g, Saturated Fat 9g, Cholesterol 82mg, Sodium 755mg, Potassium 591mg, Fiber 2g, Sugar 37g, Vitamin A 771IU, Vitamin C 36mg, Calcium 51mg, Iron 2mg

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  1. Carrie says:

    So glad you enjoyed it!

  2. Kathi B says:

    5 stars
    Love this, last night I was so short on time that I used bottled sweet and sour sauce and it worked great!

  3. Carrie says:

    Awesome! I’m so glad you enjoy them Sherri!

  4. Carrie says:

    I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for sharing

  5. Shelia Beck says:

    I go to dialysis 3 times a week and get home in the late afternoon. There are times I’m to tired to cook. So I use my crackpots on my dialysis days. I am constantly looking for recipes for the crockpot that I can start in the crockpot before I leave that don’t require a lot of ingredients, are easy and that my husband enjoys also. This recipe checked every square in the box. I started it cooking before I left and by the time I got home all I had to do was make the rice. Delicious, quick, and easy. I can’t wait to try the other recipes.

  6. Sherri says:

    4 stars
    Love, Love, Love these meatballs! We had them over rice & they were so good! I tend to think they were even better as leftovers which is a bonus!

  7. Carrie says:

    I would use white wine vinegar or apple cider vinegar if you have those available.

  8. Joan says:

    What if I don’t have rice vinegar, can I replace with another vinegar?

  9. Angie Kruzic says:

    5 stars
    I did this recipe yesterday so that supper was already done when I got out of work. I just added the rice and some veggies. I also had to double the recipe since this one says it feeds 6. I usually have to make enough for 12 servings, because everyone goes back for seconds. Everyone loved the recipe and we will definitely be making it again, maybe with chicken this time.

  10. Maryellen Harris says:

    5 stars
    Love the freezer crockpot meals. So easy. A friend gave me a couple in ziplock bags after my second daughter was born. Brilliant. We’ve been hooked ever since. This one we use at least twice a month. My picky eaters love it. I add broccoli or edamame to it

  11. Jackie says:

    5 stars
    The best meatballs ever!

  12. Carrie says:

    That is perfect!

  13. Adele Freeman says:

    Tailgating with this recipe today! Cooked on high for 3 hrs and then transferred to Purex portables! Yumm. ??