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sweet and sour meatballs with pineapple chunks over white rice

Pineapple BBQ Meatballs

  • Author: Marty Marsh
  • Yield: 16 meatballs 1x


This is an insanely awesome (and easy) recipe that’s perfect for your own holiday parties, or to bring with you to a potluck.

These meatballs are healthy, but no one eating them would ever know!

They’re a little tangy, a little sweet, and packed with a lot of protein and deliciousness.

You can even make them a couple of days in advance and then reheat them when it’s time to eat.

If you’re feeding a crowd, double up on the ingredients and let them simmer in a slow cooker when it’s party time.



For the meatballs:

  • 1 lb. (450g) ground turkey or chicken (use beef if you prefer)
  • ¼ cup (24g) almond flour or ground oats
  • 1 tsp (5g) garlic powder
  • 1 tsp (1g) onion powder
  • 1 tsp (8g) kosher sea salt
  • ⅛ tsp (.5g) pepper

For the sauce:

  • 18-ounce (225g) can crushed pineapple
  • 1bottle (8 ounces) (224 g) your favorite low-sugar BBQ sauce
  • ¾ cup (175ml) chicken or turkey broth (or beef broth if using beef for the meatballs)


  1. First make the sauce: in a large skillet, combine all three sauce ingredients (pineapple, BBQ sauce, broth) and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Then, lower the heat slightly and allow to cook while you prepare the meatballs.
  2. Next up, make the meatballs: Preheat your oven to 350ºF (175ºC) and line a baking sheet with a baking mat or parchment paper to prevent sticking.
  3. Combine the meatball ingredients and mix well. Use a tablespoon to scoop meat out and form 16 golf-ball sized meatballs. Place on baking sheet.
  4. Bake for 14-16 minutes, until they are cooked through. Remove from the oven and add to the sauce. Stir to coat.
  5. You can eat them immediately, or store covered in the fridge for two days before serving. Or reheat them using a crockpot to serve at a party or a potluck.


  • Serving Size: 4-6 Servings

Marty Marsh

Hi! I’m Marty Marsh, Your Lifestyle & Wellness Coach specializing in helping you relax, rest, and heal. I make habit change fun, easy and sustainable for a lifetime of great health and happiness.
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