Grandma’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Grandma’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy!  Enjoy this fantastic meal with your family tonight!

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Grandma's Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy!


I am so excited to be sharing my Grandma’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs recipe with you today!  This recipe is so easy to pull together and when these meatballs are baking away – oh em gee! It smells SOOO good!  This recipe makes tons of meatballs so it’s perfect for a crowd.  They meatballs are even better the next day so make some extra rice and get ready for an awesome leftovers lunch.

I whipped up a batch of these meatballs on Sunday when my dad and brother came over to watch the 49ers game.  This was NOT the recipe that I was going to be sharing today but once I tasted those meatballs I simply had to move them up on the schedule.  They’re just that good!

It all starts with a very basic meatball recipe that you can adjust to your liking.  It makes a ton but the recipe could easily be halved.  I just counted the meatballs in this picture…40 exactly! And everyone of them exactly the same size…NOT!  Oh well, we can’t all be perfect :)

 Grandma's Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy! Enjoy this fantastic meal with your family tonight!

Next you’re going to mix up the ingredients for the sauce – all in one bowl! That is one of my favorite features of grandma-type recipes.  They don’t have time to mess around with a bunch of different dishes.  Pour all that goodness over the top…

 Grandma's Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy! Enjoy this fantastic meal with your family tonight!

Throw it in the oven for an hour and voila! Dinner is served! It’s really that easy and I know you’re going to LOVE the amazing flavors in this dish!


Grandma’s Sweet and Sour Meatballs
Grandma's Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy! Enjoy this fantastic meal with your family tonight!
  • 2 lbs lean ground beef
  • 2 cups plain bread crumbs
  • 1 cup milk
  • 1 egg
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 cup chopped green pepper
  • 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks in juice (including the juice)
  • 1 cup chopped onion
  • ⅔ cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup water
  • 4 Tbls vinegar
  • 4 Tbls Worcestershire sauce
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
  1. Mix ingredients together and form into balls.
  2. Arrange in a single layer in a lightly greased 9x13 baking dish.
  1. Combine all ingredients and pour over meatballs.
  2. Bake for one hour uncovered.
  3. Serve over rice.

Grandma's Sweet and Sour Meatballs are the ultimate comfort food and can be whipped up in a jiffy!

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  1. Oh em geeeee is right! These are definitely perfect for a day of eating and watching football! Great job Trish :-)

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  2. I am in LOVE Trish! what a fantastic dinner recipe that the kids are going to love
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  3. These. Are. AMAZING.
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  4. These sound perfect! My kids love meatballs! I bet these would be a win!
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  5. Wow! Those look really yummy, Trish. What a great idea!

  6. Love how easy these sound and they look yummy too. Pinned!

  7. Wow! That sounds delicious Trish! I think your right, Grandma’s knew what they were doing with a “no fuss” meal. One bowl and your done. LOVE it! Pinning!

  8. I love recipes that have been passed down. They are tried and true and always to turn out!
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  9. You had me at meatballs!! These look delish…love that it’s a family recipe!

  10. My husband will love this! Would love for you to come over and share at our link party The Weekend Retreat it just started!

  11. These sound amazing! I love sweet and sour and never thought of combining that with meatballs!!
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  12. This looks awesome. I’m wondering if you think it’d work to substitute the ground beef for ground pork?

    • Just reporting back that I made this tonight substituting ground pork (regular Jimmy Dean) for the ground beef, and kept everything else the same (except I added a red bell pepper along with the green). It turned out really great and the flavor was wonderful. I also used a mini ice cream scooper to shape the balls and it made that part fly and they were all about the same size. I froze half of it for a pregnant friend, I think it will freeze up well :) Thanks!

    • I think it would work but would definitely taste different. Try to match up the fat content as well. Good luck Jenna!

  13. What type if vinegar did you use?

  14. Oh my gosh I tried this recipe tonight and it was the PERFECT balance of flavors!

    Thankyou Trish and Grandma!

    From the whole clan x

  15. Is 85/15 ground beef ok for this? I just don’t want it to turn out greasy.

  16. I made these last night for my husband and I and they were great! Easy to put together and the flavor is delicious. Love finding simple recipes that are ACTUALLY good. This is a keeper.

  17. Nice recipe. Thank you Trish.

  18. I made these tonight for my dinner co-op. I cook for 16 people each Monday night. They were AMAZING! Thanks so much.

  19. Good morning. Has anyone tried this recipe with ground turkey?

  20. Just curious if this would work as a freezer meal? If so how would I go about it ? Thanks :)

  21. Wow! I made these, but cheated and used frozen meatballs (threw them in the pan still frozen). I made a few slight changes to the sauce. I decreased the Worcestershire to 1.5 Tbs. I added 2 Tbs soy sauce, some onion and garlic powder, about 2 tsp chopped garlic, and about 1.5 tsp of red chili flakes for a bit of heat. It was fantastic! I used rice wine vinegar which I think gave it great flavor. I plan to make it again and replace some of the brown sugar with orange marmalade, but it was great as is. Thanks!

  22. This sounds really great and easy to make. Since my husband and I are diabetic I really need the nutritional information before I can decide to make it.

  23. Had these minus the pineapple on mashed potatoes and it was amazing :)

  24. Can this be cooked in the crockpot?

  25. Making this tomorrow for the family but halving the recipe as we are leaving for vacation and the freezer is already full with meals for school starting back up! Pretty excited for this recipe and love everything I have tried from you so far! Thanks for sharing everything you make :)

  26. I just made this for dinner. It’s so delicious and super simple! I realized after starting dinner that I was out of canned pinapple so I used canned peaches instead. Also, I used frozen meatballs. Everything else was per the recipe. I will totally be making this all the time! I love recipes that are flexible and call for ingredients I already have on hand!

  27. Tried this recipe tonight and was not a fan. I found it tastes too much like vinegar. Next time I try this I may cut down on the ketchup/vinegar.

  28. I had a Sweet and Sour Meatball recipe many years ago, but lost it. This is very close and delicious. I browned the meatballs in a skillet for about 4 minutes, before putting them in the oven. I also remember my old recipe having cornstarch to make the sauce thicker so I added to this recipe.

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