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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

Ok, confession here.  I usually don’t like sweet and sour things together.  If they are separate then I enjoy both foods but once they come together for a dish I get turned off immediately.  Another strange fact about me is that I love fruit but once it gets combined with bread, desserts or other recipes I don’t like it.  Strange I know.

I was asked to try out some Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar filtered and unfiltered.  Now, I have a TON of the regular Heinz vinegar products but I have never attempted to cook with the apple flavor.  I checked out the Heinz website for recipe suggestions and I found this sweet and sour meatball recipe using the apple cider vinegar.

Done deal.

About Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar (Taken from Heinz Vinegar Website)

  • Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar begins with fine quality apples and crystal clear water. With its clean, mellow flavor, it’s ideal for your favorite salads, marinades and recipes. And Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is guaranteed to have the full 5% acidity required for successful canning and pickling.
  • Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar is vinegar in its most natural and wholesome form. Heinz Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar retains the “mother” of the vinegar – a compound created naturally during vinegar’s fermentation process. It’s ideal for your favorite salads, marinades and recipes. Whether used for cooking or its countless other benefits, Unfiltered Apple Cider Vinegar is sure to please.

This recipe was also going to make me step outside of my comfort zone by adding sweet and sour together, not to mention adding pineapple to the meat.  This dish was a BIG success and we were able to enjoy these meatballs the next night as well.

If you are looking for other ways to incorporate vinegar into your daily life check out this Pinterest board.  Also, for this recipe I used the filtered Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar.  sweet and sour meatballs

ENJOY ~ Meagan

Sweet and Sour Meatballs


1/2 cup Heinz Apple Cider Vinegar
1 8oz. can crushed pineapples
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 tsp ginger
1 1/2 lb lean ground beef
3/4 cup bread crumbs
1/4 cup milk
1 egg
1/2 tsp salt
dash of pepper
1 Tbsp canola oil
1 Tbsp cornstarch


Drain the pineapple juice and place the pineapple to the side. Add water, vinegar, sugar and ginger to the bowl and stir.

Add the beef, bread crumbs, milk, egg and salt to a large bowl. Mix everything with your hands and then make balls the size of 1 Tbsp.

Add the oil to a large skillet over medium heat. Drop the meatballs into the skillet and brown each side. Pour in the pineapple juice and cover. Let it simmer for 20 minutes. Stir in the crushed pineapple along with the cornstarch. Stir until sauce thickens up.

Slightly adapted from Heinz Vinegar


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Sweet and Sour Meatballs

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11 comments on “Sweet and Sour Meatballs”

  1. I never even paid attention to “filtered” and “unfiltered” before! Interesting. These meatballs are my kind of thing. I’m glad that you stepped outside of your comfort zone. 🙂

  2. We love sweet and sour anything around here!! These look awesome!

  3. It’s my go to vinegar for everything. I love the idea of it in a meatball…I mean wow!!

  4. Isn’t it fun to step outside of what we are used to? For the most part I’m usually glad I tried something new. Love these meatballs, they are right down my alley!!

  5. This is such a fabulous classic recipe. What’s funny is you reminded me of that commercial where they talk about sweet or sour not sweet and sour – they end up with sour chicken ha.

  6. My husband loves all things sweet and sour! These wouldn’t last long at my house!

  7. I always hesitate with sweet and sour together too. Sweet and Salty too, but I am just kind of strange 🙂 I love meatballs though, so I definitely would give these a try!

  8. hi, i was wondering if you could explain the recipe to me a little clearer.
    What bowl do we add the water, vinegar,sugar and ginger too? is it the Pineapple juice? or the meat mixture.. I would love to prepare this this weekend. It sounds Delish

    • Hey Beth,
      You will add the water, vinegar, sugar and ginger to the pineapple juice bowl. Please let me know if you have any other questions.


  9. Ooooooooh! I want 47 of these little delicious, savory meatballs!

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