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Sweet and Spicy Slow Cooker Pineapple Meatballs

Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time3 hrs
Total Time3 hrs 15 mins
Servings: 6 servings

Ingredients

Meatballs

  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 1 cup plain bread crumbs
  • 1 large egg beaten
  • 2 tablespoons milk
  • 2 tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped (plus extra for garnish)
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper

Sauce

  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup crushed pineapple
  • 3/4 cups soy sauce
  • 3 cloves of garlic pressed through a garlic press
  • 2 tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoons mirin
  • 1 tablespoon red chile paste
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a large bowl, combine the ground beef, ground pork, bread crumbs, eggs, milk, cilantro, soy sauce, garlic powder, onion powder, salt and black pepper. Mix thoroughly with your hands or a heavy wooden spoon until combined. Form the mixture into 1 tablespoon-sized balls. Place in the slow cooker, situating them in an even layer.
  • In a large bowl, whisk together the brown sugar, pineapple, soy sauce, garlic, rice wine vinegar, mirin, red chile paste, cayenne pepper, onion powder, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Pour the sauce over top of the meatballs. Cook on high for 3 hours or low for 6 hours.
  • When finished cooking, sprinkle with fresh cilantro and toasted sesame seeds. Serve as an appetizer or over rice for a quick dinner!
  • Enjoy!