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Today, I am super excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you – Asian Pork Meatballs with Pineapple, made in the slow cooker!

finished Pork Meatballs on a serving plate

These pork meatballs are incredibly tasty and super easy to make. Whether you need a quick weeknight dinner or an impressive appetizer for a party, this recipe is a winner.

I first made these meatballs for a family gathering, and they were a huge hit. Jeremy and Lily couldn’t stop gobbling them up, and I’ve made them countless times since.

They are packed with flavor and made with simple ingredients that you probably already have in your kitchen.

Plus, they are great for meal prep and perfect for feeding the whole family. Ground meat for the win, haha!

These Asian Pork Meatballs are made with ground pork, fresh ginger, and garlic, creating a juicy and flavorful meat mixture.

They are baked until golden brown, then simmered in a sweet and savory sauce in the slow cooker.

This easy recipe will get you a five-star rating with any crowd. These pork meatballs have an amazing flavor, and the sauce ingredients combine perfectly to create a super delicious dish!

upclose image of Pork Meatballs on white plate

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS:

  1. Simple Ingredients: You only need a few basic ingredients to make these juicy meatballs.
  2. Versatile Dish: These meatballs can be served in various ways – as an appetizer, over rice, or even in a sandwich.
  3. Bursting with Flavor: The combination of garlic, ginger, and sweet chili sauce gives these meatballs a delicious Asian-inspired flavor.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED (SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS POST FOR THE FULL RECIPE CARD):

  • Ground pork
  • Panko bread crumbs
  • Large egg
  • Garlic
  • Fresh grated ginger
  • Scallions
  • Sesame oil
  • Salt
  • Black pepper
  • Pineapple chunks
  • Sweet chili sauce
  • Beef broth
  • Hoisin sauce
  • Soy sauce
  • Rice wine vinegar
ingredients needed to make Pork Meatballs

HOW TO MAKE PORK MEATBALLS:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  2. In a large bowl, mix together the pork, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, ginger, scallion, sesame oil, salt, and pepper until well combined. I like to use my hands for this.
  3. Portion the meatballs into 1.5 tablespoons and roll them into a ball with your hands. Place on the prepared sheet tray, not touching. 
  4. Bake for 15 minutes until they are lightly golden on the tops.
  5. Place the meatballs into the body of a 6-quart slow cooker. 
  6. Add the pineapple with the juice.
  7. In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, broth, hoisin, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.
  8. Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and stir everything gently to combine.
  9. Place over low heat for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-4 hours. Stir every so often so nothing burns on the sides.
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  1. Optional, if you would like a thickened sauce, during the last hour of cooking whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour into the slow cooker while stirring, place on high heat. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or over rice as a main dish.
Pork Meatballs in slow cooker with blue spoon

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT THIS RECIPE:

These meatballs can be served as an appetizer or as a main dish.

I love having them over some nice, fluffy jasmine rice.

Garnish with some green onions and you’ve got yourself an amazing meal. 

The meatballs taste like the filling of a pork dumpling – savory, slightly sweet, and packed with flavor.

The sauce is a perfect blend of sweet chili and hoisin sauce, giving it a tangy and sweet flavor.

Basically, these things are everything I crave in Asian food. Meatballs are the best way to go.

a spoon holding up Pork Meatballs in air

Yes, they can be a great idea to save time! 

Just add them to the slow cooker with the sauce ingredients and cook as directed.

I think they’re a great way to do meal planning.

Easy meatballs are like the perfect little protein portions!

Feel free to experiment with different flavors. I’ve got a good list here.

That pork mixture blends so well with other foods.

  • Chopped cilantro: Adds a fresh, herby flavor.
  • Chili flakes: For an extra kick of spice.
  • Sesame seeds: Adds a nice crunch and nutty flavor.
  • Bell peppers: Sliced and cooked with the meatballs for added veggies.
  • Carrots: Shredded or julienned for a sweet crunch.
  • Green beans: Cooked with the meatballs in the last hour for a complete meal.
  • Cashews: Adds a nutty flavor and crunch.
  • Bok choy: For a healthy green addition.
  • Noodles: Serve over your favorite noodles instead of rice.
  • Garlic powder: You can always add more garlic.
  • Red pepper flakes: For a little kick.

This homemade meatball recipe can handle some subs!

Make sure you keep that recipe card at the bottom of this post.

  • Ground chicken: Instead of ground pork for a lighter option.
  • Ground beef: For a heartier meatball.
  • Tamari: Instead of soy sauce for a gluten-free option.
  • Rice vinegar: Instead of rice wine vinegar.
  • Gluten-free panko: For a gluten-free version.
  • Coconut aminos: Instead of soy sauce for a soy-free option.
Pork Meatballs on a white plate sitting on wooden table top

Refrigerator: Store any leftover meatballs in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Reheat in the microwave, on the stovetop, or in the slow cooker.

Freezer: Place the cooked ground pork meatballs in a freezer-safe container or freezer bag and freeze for up to 3 months.

To reheat, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and warm up in the microwave or on the stovetop.

DANA’S TIPS AND TRICKS:

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh ginger and garlic make a big difference in flavor.
  • Don’t Overmix: When mixing the meatball ingredients, be gentle to keep the meatballs tender.
  • Preheat Your Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before baking the meatballs for even cooking.
  • Line Your Baking Sheet: Use parchment paper to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  • Taste Your Sauce: Adjust the seasoning of the sauce to your liking before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • Serve with Rice: For a complete meal, serve the meatballs over steamed rice.
up close image of Pork Meatballs with  a bite taken out

These Pork Meatballs are a yummy and easy dish that will quickly become a family favorite.

With simple ingredients and a straightforward cooking process, you can enjoy a delicious meal that’s full of flavor.

Whether you serve them as an appetizer or over rice as a main dish, these are the best meatballs around!

If you’ve tried these PORK MEATBALLS, let me know how it turned out in the comments! You can follow me over on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM OR FACEBOOK to find some more of our mouthwatering recipes! 

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Slow Cooker Asian Pork Meatballs with Pineapple

Author Dana at ThisSillyGirlsKitchen.com
Prep: 15 minutes
Cook: 8 hours 15 minutes
Today, I am super excited to share one of my favorite recipes with you – Asian Pork Meatballs with Pineapple, made in the slow cooker!
Servings 27 meatballs

Equipment

  • slow cooker

Ingredients
  

For the meatballs:

For the sauce:

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 425°F. Line a sheet tray with parchment paper.
  • In a large bowl, mix together the pork, bread crumbs, egg, garlic, ginger, scallion, sesame oil, salt, and pepper until well combined. I like to use my hands for this.
    1 & 1/2 pounds ground pork, 1/3 cup panko bread crumbs, 1 large egg, 3 cloves garlic, 2 teaspoons fresh grated ginger, 3 scallions, 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil, 1/4 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Portion the meatballs into 1.5 tablespoons and roll them into a ball with your hands. Place on the prepared sheet tray, not touching.
  • Bake for 15 minutes until they are lightly golden on the tops.
  • Place the meatballs into the body of a 6-quart slow cooker.
  • Add the pineapple with the juice.
    20 ounce can pineapple chunks
  • In a medium bowl, whisk together the sweet chili sauce, broth, hoisin, soy sauce, vinegar, and sesame oil.
    1/2 cup sweet chili sauce, 1/4 cup beef broth, 1/4 cup hoisin sauce, 1 tablespoon low sodium soy sauce, 1 teaspoon rice wine vinegar, 1/4 teaspoon sesame oil
  • Pour the sauce into the slow cooker and stir everything gently to combine.
  • Place over low heat for 6-8 hours or on high for 2-4 hours. Stir every so often so nothing burns on the sides.
  • Optional, if you would like a thickened sauce, during the last hour of cooking whisk together 2 tablespoons of cornstarch with 2 tablespoons of water. Pour into the slow cooker while stirring, place on high heat. Make sure to stir every 15 minutes. Serve as an appetizer or over rice as a main dish.

Notes

  • Use Fresh Ingredients: Fresh ginger and garlic make a big difference in flavor.
  • Don’t Overmix: When mixing the meatball ingredients, be gentle to keep the meatballs tender.
  • Preheat Your Oven: Make sure your oven is fully preheated before baking the meatballs for even cooking.
  • Line Your Baking Sheet: Use parchment paper to prevent sticking and make cleanup easier.
  • Taste Your Sauce: Adjust the seasoning of the sauce to your liking before adding it to the slow cooker.
  • Serve with Rice: For a complete meal, serve the meatballs over steamed rice.

Nutrition

Calories: 102kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 5g | Fat: 6g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0.001g | Cholesterol: 24mg | Sodium: 162mg | Potassium: 114mg | Fiber: 0.5g | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin A: 35IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 12mg | Iron: 0.4mg
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Course Appetizer, Main Course
Cuisine American

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