Homemade Sweet and Sour Meatballs make a delicious and easy dinner recipe! These baked meatballs are juicy, tender and full of flavor from the homemade smoky and sweet sauce they are topped with. We love serving them for the holidays and they are freezer friendly!
Sweet and Sour Meatballs
I’ve been craving these since my Aunt Pam made them for our Christmas. I love meatballs! Like Swedish Meatballs, Grape Jelly Meatballs or Cranberry Pinot Noir Meatballs – whether it’s an easy appetizer or tasty snack, yum!
Anyway, I kept bugging my mom to get the recipe and low and behold I found out it came from one of my favorite church cookbooks and I had it the whole time! They are absolutely amazing. I think I’m in love. I don’t know how to put it any other way.
This recipe makes quite a few so make sure you have a crowd around, but if you don’t, no worries! These make delicious leftovers too! We definitely didn’t have any trouble polishing these off!
I made about 24 meatballs with the recipe but if you wanted you could make them smaller and get more meatballs. They can either be used for an appetizer or a main dish!
What ingredients do I need to make Sweet Sour Meatballs
- evaporated milk
- ground beef
- chopped onions
- garlic powder
- chili powder
- brown sugar
- liquid smoke
How do you keep meatballs moist?
Using liquid in meatballs helps keep them moist.
How do you make tender meatballs?
When you purchase the ground beef, don’t shy away from an 80/20 mixture. That extra bit of fat in the meat will flavor the meatballs and help keep t
Why do you put eggs in meatballs?
Eggs bind everything together. If you need a substitute for eggs, consider ricotta cheese – 1/4 cup per egg or tomato paste – 1 tablespoon per egg.
Why are my meatballs mushy?
Simple! It’s too much or too little binder/bread. That’s why I like to use oatmeal in this recipe. It’s the perfect binder for tender, moist meatballs!
What can I serve with Sweet ‘n Sour Meatballs?
- These are delicious served as appetizers if you’re having a party!
- Consider grabbing some slider rolls and making slider sandwiches – delish!
- Make it a meal with some Coleslaw or Skinny Broccoli Slaw, YUM!!!
- Add some Sweet Potato Wedges for a delicious meal!!
- We love it served with Parmesan Orzo, too!
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Sweet and Sour Meatballs Recipe
- 13 oz evaporated milk
- 3 lb ground beef
- 2 c. quick oats
- 1 c. chopped onions
- 2 eggs
- 2 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper
- 2 Tbsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 c. ketchup
- 1 c. brown sugar
- 1/2 c. chopped onion
- 1 1/2 tsp liquid smoke
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- Mix all ingredients for meatballs together. Form meatballs and place in 2-9×13 inch glass baking dish.
- Mix sauce and pour over the meatballs.
- Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.