11 Days of Super Bowl Recipes: BBQ Meatballs with Pineapple

Another quintessential Game Day food in my mind is meatballs & this family recipe definitely has a twist!! 🍍


This recipe is near & dear to my heart because it’s an old family favorite. While we usually eat it over rice, I was catering an event for a friend’s non-profit & decided to serve it there, as photographed. It was a hit then & I think it’ll help win you MVP at your Super Bowl Party!!

One reason I like them for an easy Super Bowl party is to make your life easier!! You can technically make them the night before. Just reheat before the party starts. I also did a last minute pan searing just to add an extra dimension! πŸ™‚Β 



1.5 lb. Ground Beef

Β½ c. Fine Breadcrumbs

1 tsp. Pink Himalayan Salt

ΒΌ tsp. Black Pepper

1 Egg, slightly beaten

Β½ c. Milk

ΒΌ c. Shortening


ΒΌ c. Water

2 c. Tomato Juice

2 TB. Flour

ΒΎ c. BBQ Sauce

1 can Pineapple Chunks


How to:

Toss ground beef, breadcrumbs, salt, pepper, egg & milk.
Shape into balls.

Grease shallow pan with shortening. Place meatballs in pan & refrigerate.

In saucepan, mix water, tomato juice, flour & BBQ sauce.

Bake meatballs at 350Β° for 30 minutes.

Drain fat & pour sauce over meatballs.

Bake for 45 more minutes.

Spoon into dish with pineapple chunks.

In the case of a Super Bowl party, these would be perfect to keep warm in a crock pot!

Otherwise, like photographed, I would stick them with tiny picks to serve, pineapple first. Similarly, as photos show, I made meatballs smaller than normal so a can of pineapple chunks seemed a bit disproportionate. Instead, I thawed frozen pineapple β€œtidbits” from Trader Joe’s. πŸ˜‰


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