Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs

These Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs use just 3 ingredients – barbecue sauce, frozen meatballs, and crushed pineapple. They are perfect as an appetizer recipe for parties and get togethers or even a side dish for dinner.

Pineapple Meatballs

Pineapple Meatballs

You guys know how much I love food, right?! As much I love to eat, there are certain foods I haven’t enjoyed. One of those recipes is for meatballs. Crazy, right?! Fortunately, I’ve grown out of these childish, picky ways and have recently fallen in love with meatballs. What was I thinking before?! I’m thinking I had tried a bad version long ago and had decided all meatballs were bad. I’m so happy that things have changed and have now made different versions of this yummy appetizer over the past year, including today’s recipe for BBQ Pineapple Meatballs.

Today’s meatball recipe happens to be a new one we tried from Kraft that is now a favorite. I spotted the recipe in one of their magazines and it looked too easy and delicious NOT to try. I’m happy to report that they are beyond simple and SO tasty!! In fact, we liked them so much that the hubby and I ate most of them in one sitting. It’s bad, I know. You can enjoy these meatballs for dinner or can enjoy them as a side dish or appetizer. They’d be great for parties and get togethers as well. Just add toothpicks to them and let everyone chow down!

Barbecue Meatballs

Barbecue Meatballs

Adding the pineapples to these Barbecue Pineapples enhances the sweet and salty flavor you find with regular BBQ Meatballs. If you aren’t as much a fan of the sweet and spicy, you can omit the pineapple chunks, but trust me when I say they add so much flavor. We love to use Sweet Baby Ray’s but if you’re looking for a homemade version, we love Ree’s. And if you’d rather make Homemade Meatballs which are even tastier (instead of the frozen ones), try THIS RECIPE.

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Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs recipe

5 from 11 votes
These Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs use just 3 ingredients - barbecue sauce, frozen meatballs, and crushed pineapple. They are perfect as an appetizer recipe for parties and get togethers or even a side dish for dinner.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Servings 6 people
Calories 268 kcal
Author Lil' Luna


  • 1/2 cup Barbecue Sauce
  • 1/2 cup Canned Crushed Pineapple (undrained)
  • 16 oz Meatballs
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Add barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.
  • Add meatballs and stir until all coated. Bring to boil and simmer for 8-10 minutes if meatballs are thawed or for 14-16 minutes if meatballs are frozen.
  • Serve immediately. ENJOY!

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For homemade meatballs, check out this recipe:

Easy Homemade Meatballs

Easy & Delicious Homemade Meatballs recipe - Way better than store bought and easy too! Ground beef mixed with parmesan cheese, salt, pepper, onion and garlic powder, milk, and eggs. These are perfect alone or mixed in with pasta!

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My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative - from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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  1. 5 stars
    I just made this for a cocktail get together happening this evening. I cut up some green pepper also because I needed to use it. I am very pleased. It is a yummy recipe and look forward to hearing what my friends have to say. It cannot get any easier than this recipe. I used the “Sweet Baby Ray’ Sweet & Spicy” sauce.

    Thanks, love Pintrest

    1. Awesome!! I hope they enjoy them!! Thanks so much for letting me know and trying these delicious meatballs!!

  2. 5 stars
    Will this work in a crock pot? I want to do these for a pot luck, but need to crock pot them. It sounds delish and a nice break from the grape jelly one that everyone makes.

    1. I personally haven’t tried yet. I bet they would work. If you try doing that, I would love to know how they turn out! Thank you!

  3. 5 stars

      1. Chunks are a great idea and maybe some green pepper, onion

        Wish i had of thought of that. Mine are cooking in the stove

  4. These are amazing…so easy and everyone loves them, kids and adults. They are my go-to appetizer. Thanks so much for the recipe!

  5. 5 stars
    May i ask How you can make this for a crowd? I want to make it for 30 people, could i make the sayce and pour it over the meatballs in a larfe tray than simmer it in the oven? Would it cone out ok?

    1. You could just double or triple the recipe & cook the same. I have not tried the oven, but you could bake them, too.

  6. 5 stars
    Easy and quick recipe. I tried this recipe and we all Loved it. This morning I am up preparing them again for a potluck at work. These are so delicious.

  7. 5 stars
    I’m glad your commenters shared the crock pot info. It was my first question after reading the recipe. The addition of pineapple sound so delicious. I can’t wait to try it out

  8. 5 stars
    I love the taste of sweet and savory. This is one of the perfect recipes I’ve ever known! Thanks a lot for sharing!