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Sweet and Sour Meatballs



Sweet and Sour Sauce Ingredients:

  • 3 cups brown sugar
  • 1½ cup vinegar
  • 2 tbsps mustard
  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 onion, halved then thinly sliced

Additional Ingredients:

  • 23 lbs meatballs (you can use my homemade meatball recipe or use store bought)
  • Optional: 2 cups chopped broccoli or other veggies you prefer, steamed and served on the side
  • Optional: steamed white rice, If serving the meatballs as a main course
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  1. If using my homemade meatball recipe, please prepare them first. If using store bought meatballs, heat and cook according to directions.
  2. Whisk together the sauce ingredients in a mixing bowl and set aside until needed.
  3. In a large pan, set to medium heat, cook the onions in a little cooking oil until they’re softened. 
  4. Once the onions have softened, add the sauce and combine.
  5. Turn up the heat and cook the sauce for about 10 minutes.
  6. Add the meatballs to the sauce and combine. Be careful to avoid breaking apart the balls.
  7. Turn the heat down and simmer for 15-20 minutes uncovered. The sauce should start to thicken as it simmers.
  8. As a main course, serve over white rice with steamed veggies OR as an appetizer, serve plated with toothpicks on the side. Please see my note below for more info.


Oven Instructions: Preheat the oven to 375°F. Add prepared meatballs to a lidded baking dish along with onions and sauce ingredients. Put the lid on and cook for 35 minutes. Remove the lid, gently stir around the meatballs and cook for another 20 minutes so the sauce can thicken.

If you want a HUGE amount of sauce to go with your balls, you can double the amount of sauce ingredients in the recipe. Doubling the sauce is especially great if you’re using this recipe as a main course served over rice. If you’re planning on using this recipe for appetizers you can probably get away with using the amount exactly as stated in the recipe – the appetizer version won’t need as much sauce since they’re usually served on tooth picks and plated. It’s up to you though! 🙂

  • Prep Time: 30
  • Cook Time: 35 mins
  • Category: Main or Appetizer
  • Method: Stove top
  • Cuisine: Asian/Chinese Inspired