3 1/2 dozen (serving size: 1 meatball)

These too-easy Sweet-and-Sour Meatballs are the perfect appetizer for your next party. Meatballs may be thoroughly cooked without sauce and frozen. Thaw and reheat with sauce.

How to Make It

Step 1

Combine first 5 ingredients; shape mixture into 1-inch balls.

Step 2

Brown meatballs, in batches, in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Remove meatballs from skillet, and wipe skillet clean. Stir together ketchup and next 4 ingredients in skillet; bring to a boil.

Step 3

Add meatballs, reduce heat, and simmer 5 minutes or until meatballs are no longer pink.

Ratings & Reviews

jocosmom's Review

December 28, 2009
I originally submitted this recipe to Southern Living. While I was glad they published it, I was disappointed that they had made changes to it. It was not submitted as a low-fat recipe. I make the meatballs with ground chuck or ground round and use one egg, not egg substitute. I don't use Italian seasoned breadcrumbs, but sometimes Pepperidge Farm stuffing mix. I increase the ketchup to 1 cup and the vinegar to 1/2 cup. The other three sauce ingredients are the same except I use regular, not low sodium worchestershire sauce.

Marcko's Review

November 30, 2012
I preferred to do hot and sour meatballs by leaving out sugar and adding hot sauce (I like Texas Pete) and/or cayenne, depending on how hot you like it. Also I used regular vinegar to enhance the sourness. Everyone loved them!

mwinters's Review

December 26, 2012
Best sweet-and-sour meatballs I've ever had! I used Jocosmom's recipe and put the plain meatballs the oven for 20 minutes at 350 then transferred them to the slow cooker, added the sauce, and cooked on low for 5 hours. They were perfect!

bonniefriend123's Review

January 04, 2013

Lylas777's Review

January 06, 2013

Angela1984's Review

December 30, 2013
I made these for my work Christmas party and they were a hit. Will be making these for my New Years party. Happy 2014!!

deerfisherman's Review

July 12, 2011
JOCOSMOM I like your recipe better. Thanks for posting it!

Jaingram's Review

January 16, 2012
I didn't make the meatballs, I used the Costco frozen meatballs and then made the sauce as written by jocosmom, it was delicious! I brought these to a work potluck and everyone loved them, I got tons of compliments. Will definitely make again. it was super easy.

Preston1980's Review

April 10, 2012
I followed jocosmom's original recipe and these turned out great! Thanks!

beverleyj's Review

July 13, 2013
I made these today and used turkey stuffing mix instead of breadcrumbs and also added some fresh chopped parsley and baked them in the oven before adding to slow cooker with the sauce. They are delicious and hubby said they were tasty, even without the sauce. I will be adding these to my saved recipe rotation, very easy to make as well. Thank you.