Now, I sometimes hear from some folks that just do not like the flavor of frozen meatballs. I get that. In the past, frozen meatballs could be a crapshoot. But Johnsonville has taken frozen meatballs to a whole new level with these Homestyle Meatballs.
These do not taste like your typical frozen meatballs. They have a lot of flavor and they hold up really well to cooking in the crock pot. And there are no hidden or weird ingredients in these. We really, really enjoyed them. As close to homemade as you can get. They are fully cooked so all you have to do is heat them up.
When I first put all these ingredients in the slow cooker, I had my doubts that the sauce would thicken up properly. After a couple of hours, the sauce was still pretty liquid-y. So I decided, for the last hour of cooking, I would switch the crock pot over to high. That was the trick right there. It needed to get up to a high enough temperature to thicken the sauce. Within 30 minutes, I could already tell it was getting thick, which is how you want your sweet and sour sauce to be. So good, y’all! This is the perfect swap-out for the usual sweet and sour chicken or pork.
Crock Pot Sweet & Sour Meatballs
- 1 28 oz bag Johnsonville Frozen Homestyle Meatballs
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks in 100% juice save juice
- 1 green pepper diced
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 2/3 cup vinegar
- 2 tbsp soy sauce
- 3 tbsp cornstarch
- First, drain the juice from your can of pineapple into a medium bowl (you'll need that later for the sauce.)
- It should give you about a cup of pineapple juice.
- Place frozen meatballs into your 4-6 quart crock pot.
- Then top meatballs with pineapple chunks and green peppers.
- Add brown sugar, vinegar, soy sauce and cornstarch to the pineapple juice you set aside.
- Whisk it all together well.
- Pour sauce over meatballs.
- Cover and cook on low for 2 hours.
- After a couple of hours, switch your crock pot to high and cook for an additional hour.
- Doing this will thicken the sauce.
The sauce should be thicker and bubbling around the edges.
Serve by themselves as an appetizer or over rice for a meal!
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Johnsonville Sausage. The opinions and text are all mine.