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Porcupine Meatballs


  • 1/2 cup uncooked long grain rice
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/3 cup chopped onion
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon celery salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil
  • 1 can (15 ounces) tomato sauce
  • 1 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  • 1. In a bowl, combine the first seven ingredients. Add beef and mix well. Shape into 1-1/2-in. balls. In a large skillet, brown meatballs in oil; drain. Combine tomato sauce, water, brown sugar and Worcestershire sauce; pour over meatballs. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 1 hour.

Nutrition Facts

1 serving: 421 calories, 21g fat (6g saturated fat), 70mg cholesterol, 1317mg sodium, 34g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 2g fiber), 24g protein.


Average Rating:
  • Lynda
    Apr 16, 2019
    This was excellent! Didn't need eggs to bind, the water helped bind everything. Delicious!
  • brunoite
    Feb 2, 2019
    A simple recipe and very good taste. No problems making for me.
  • amsm
    Jan 15, 2019
    The meat mixture was very soft and hard to form into balls. Not all of the rice wanted to stick and it many grains ended up in the sauce, giving the sauce a thicker and chunkier texture. I also thought that the finished product was very soft. Next time I would add some bread crumbs or an egg to give these meatballs some structure.
  • ccolor1
    Jan 13, 2019
    I used precooked rice and made my meatballs by the recipe, but immediately thought they would never hold together. Another reviewer suggested adding an egg and some bread crumbs, so I dumped the meat mixture back together, included the additions and it worked out like a charm. This is a really wonderful recipe - thanks so much for sharing. it!
  • bevinn
    Jun 7, 2018
    I use quick cooking rice instead of long grain. I've been making this for years and with that type of rice you won't have the crunchy rice issue. It's a favorite of mine and coworkers, including the gluten-free ones since it doesn't have bread crumbs like many meatball recipes. The sauce is good and you can always add more seasonings to your tastes. The sauce reminds me of a much tastier version of the spaghettio's sauce I loved as a kid.
  • Donald
    May 3, 2018

    My Mom always made these and we all loved them. For people complaining about the rice being to hard there is a trick my mom used and I do too. Put the rice in a bowl and cover with the 1/2 cup water and let it sit for at least 10 mins(I usually get everything else ready and by that time the 10 mins is almost up). That will soften the rice a little and make it cook better. We use that trick for making Stuffed Peppers also.

  • Jodi
    Dec 31, 1969

    For those that complain about hard rice... what beef are you using 80/20 ... 90/10?? The rice takes on moisture from the meat to expand.... so don't be too lean on the burger! This could be the issue!

  • Midge
    Jan 18, 2018

    I made them they were so good I could hardly put my plate down! It was a big hit with my family

  • MsWendy3
    Aug 31, 2017

    I first made this recipe around 10-12 years ago. Everyone that eats these always wants the recipe. My boyfriend will do anything that needs done around the house when I serve him these with a nice fresh salad, garlic bread & some sweet tea lol. Best of all, I don't even have to ask him ;)

    Came here today to get the recipe, because I'm making them for him tonight. He is gonna be so pleased to walk in from work smelling the deliciousness as he enters the door. My mouth is watering just thinking about them simmering mmm mmm. Please do not hesitate on trying this recipe ladies and gents, you will not be disappointed, I promise ya!

    Thank you so much for the recipe Darlis! You're an angel. I'm in Wisconsin too. Lived down south the first time I made these. Again I cannot thank you enough for this incredible recipe. You rock Darlis :)

  • Cathrine
    Aug 29, 2017

    It was wonderful! My Husband, for the first time since we've been married went back for thirds. This is definitely a keeper. We have only been married for two months. I'm a vegetarian so I don't taste his dishes with meat in them. I could tell this was going to be delish because of the yummy aroma, and it was very easy, yet looked as if I had been cooking all day. Thanks !

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