Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs

 Easy Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs are perfect as an appetizer for parties and get togethers or a delicious side dish for dinner.

Barbecue Pineapple Meatballs make perfect party food for any occasion. Just add a few dips and desserts and you have quite the shin dig! 

Pineapple Meatballs on toothpicks

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!

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. If you’d rather make Homemade Meatballs which are even tastier (instead of the frozen ones), try THIS RECIPE.

Making BBQ Pineapple Meatballs

SAUCE. Add barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot. Add salt and pepper to taste. Mix well.

BAKE. 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. Serve immediately. ENJOY!

Tips, Variations + Storing Info

Make homemade meatballs: Easily use homemade meatballs to make this recipe. You can also use any type of meat ball including vegan or vegetarian.

What to serve with: These are great all on their own, but also pair well with other foods to make a delicious dish.

  • On top of our Best mashed potatoes
  • Toast a roll and make a meatball sub
  • Served over Cauliflower rice or normal rice
  • Nestle each meatball in the center of a piece of butter lettuce.


  • Use pineapple chunks instead of crushed
  • Mix in diced bell peppers
  • Add a bit of heat using crushed red peppers

Crockpot: Combine the sauce ingredients and then coat the meatballs in the sauce and cook on low for 4-6 hours or on high for 2-3 hours.

Freezer Meal: Combine all the ingredients in a Freezer Ziploc. Label and keep in the freezer. Thaw overnight before cooking. 

STORE leftover meatballs in an airtight container for up to a week and reheat in the microwave until warmed through.

FREEZE meatballs in an airtight container/freezer safe bag for up to 1 month. Let them thaw in the fridge overnight and then reheat in the microwave or on the stove with some added BBQ sauce.

Barbecue Meatballs served on a white plate

For more meatball recipes, check out:

Pineapple Meatballs Recipe

5 from 13 votes
Sweet and savory Pineapple Meatballs are a perfectly easy appetizer for parties and get-togethers or a delicious 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 a 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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  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!