Whether you’re making them for an easy party appetizer, or serving them as a main dish over rice, Hawaiian Meatballs are sure to be hit! All you need is pineapple, BBQ sauce and meatballs, and you can cook them in the slow cooker or on the stovetop.

Hawaiian BBQ Meatballs on a plate with a toothpick in each one.

My favorite part about Hawaiian Meatballs is the tangy-sweet combination from the pineapple and the bbq sauce. You can use store-bought bbq sauce, but my homemade bbq sauce takes it to a whole new level!

How to Make Hawaiian Meatballs:

In the Slow Cooker:

  • Spray the bottom of your slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of pot.
  • In a large bowl stir together homemade bbq sauce and crushed pineapple. Pour over meatballs. 
  • Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours. Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.
Two process photos for making Hawaiian meatballs in a crockpot.

On the stovetop:

  • Add homemade bbq sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot.
  • Add meatballs and stir to coat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer, 
  • Cook for 8-10 minutes for thawed meatballs, or 14-16 minutes for frozen meatballs.
  • Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.
A slow cooker with Hawaiian Meatballs, ready to serve.

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Recipe

BBQ Hawaiian Meatballs in a slow cooker, being served with a spoon.
Prep 10 mins
Cook 15 mins
Total 25 mins
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Ingredients
  

  • 50 – 60 pre-cooked frozen meatballs store-bought or homemade
  • 2 1/2 cups barbecue sauce store-bought or homemade
  • 1 cup fresh pineapple , finely diced, or use undrained crushed pineapple from a can

Instructions
 

For slow cooker meatballs:

  • Spray the bottom of your slow cooker lightly with cooking spray. Add frozen meatballs to the bottom of pot.
  • In a large bowl stir together homemade bbq sauce and crushed pineapple. Pour over meatballs. 
    BBQ sauce and pineapple being mixed together in a bowl.
  • Cook on LOW for 4-6 hours or HIGH for 2-3 hours. Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.
    Sauce being poured over meatballs in a slow cooker.

For stovetop meatballs:

  • Add homemade bbq sauce and crushed pineapple to a medium pot.
  • Add meatballs and stir to coat. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to simmer. Cook for 8-10 minutes for thawed meatballs, or 14-16 minutes for frozen meatballs.
  • Serve warm garnished with chopped green onions, if desired.

Notes

Store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. 

Nutrition

Calories: 192kcalCarbohydrates: 2gProtein: 11gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 40mgPotassium: 218mgSugar: 1gVitamin A: 10IUVitamin C: 8.4mgCalcium: 12mgIron: 0.7mg

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I originally shared this recipe August 2017. Updated February 2021.

Process photos by Nikole from The Travel Palate.

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  1. 5 stars
    Love these Hawaiian BBQ meatballs! I made them to bring to a New Year’s Eve party and people asked me for the recipe…just made them again for another party and received many compliments. I always make extras to keep handy in our fridge in a plastic container — quick snack to microwave or heat up and serve with brown or white rice for a quick dinner! Your recipes are awesome!

    1. Thank you so much Katie! That makes me so happy to hear. Thank you for taking the time to comment–and thanks so much for following TBFS <3

  2. Thank u for sharing ur recipe! I am looking forward to making these for my Christmas Eve party this year. I love finding new yummy ideas…urs is great! Will let ya know how they go. I am going to make homemade meatballs for mine. Can’t wait.

  3. 5 stars
    This seems to be our go-to recipe when we’re in a rut and need a dinner idea. The meatballs are easy to make and everyone loves them. We usually serve them over rice…yumm! Thanks for yet another great recipe!

  4. 5 stars
    is one of my go to recipes. Especially after the first time I made them, my husband thought I went to a lot of work. He loves them! Having out of town family on the weekend and going to share my Hawaiian meatballs!