Pineapple BBQ Meatballs
Updated: Aug 7, 2022
Absolutely delicious and FULL of flavor!!! Add your favorite rice for a perfect meal!
Super easy and the entire meal from start to finish takes less then 10 minutes!! Enjoy!
Full recipe in video below!
For the meatballs:
1 pound ground turkey
1 large onion chopped
2 cloves garlic finely minced
1 large egg
3 tablespoons breadcrumbs
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 handful cilantro chopped
Salt and pepper to taste
For the sauce:
1 cup pineapple juice (from canned pineapple)
4 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
4 tablespoons tomato paste
2 tablespoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon molasses
2 tablespoons honey
1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon dried garlic powder
1 cup finely diced pineapple OR canned crushed pineapple
Mix the ingredients: Place all ingredients in a large bowl. Using a handheld mixer, mix very well until everything is evenly incorporated and sticks together. If you don't have a handheld mixer, you'll have to use your hands to knead the ingredients together very well.
Shape meatballs: Using about 1.5 teaspoons of meat mix per meatball, shape meatballs and place them on a lightly oiled baking sheet. For a nicer shape, freeze them for 10 minutes (but this is entirely optional! Just for looks).
Bake meatballs: Preheat the oven to 410°F. Bake the meatballs for 10-12 minutes or until browned and no longer pink in the middle. Or pan fry with nonstick cooking spray.
While the meatballs are baking, make the sauce:
Whisk all ingredients for the sauce EXCEPT for the pineapple together in a large skillet. Stir in the pineapple, then bring to a boil, whisking constantly. Simmer for 2-3 minutes or until thickened. Set aside.
Finish the dish:
Place the baked meatballs in the skillet with the sauce and put it back over low head. Gently toss the meatballs with the sauce until they're nicely glazed.
Recipe inspiration from savorynothings.com