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Sweet and Spicy Asian Meatballs

For big parties, I make glazed meatballs and deliver them in the slow cooker. That way they’re spicy, sweet and ready to eat. —Gail Borczyk, Boca Raton, Florida
  • Total Time
    Prep: 1 hour Cook: 3 hours
  • Makes
    about 5 dozen


  • 1 large egg, lightly beaten
  • 1/2 medium onion, finely chopped
  • 1/3 cup sliced water chestnuts, minced
  • 3 tablespoons minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and finely chopped
  • 3 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 2/3 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • SAUCE:
  • 2 cups sweet-and-sour sauce
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce
  • 1/4 cup duck sauce
  • 2 tablespoons chicken broth
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1-1/2 teaspoons minced fresh gingerroot
  • Thinly sliced green onions, optional


  • Preheat oven to 375°. In a large bowl, combine the first 8 ingredients; stir in bread crumbs. Add pork; mix lightly but thoroughly. Shape into 1-1/4-in. balls. Place meatballs on a greased rack in a 15x10x1-in. baking pan. Bake 18-22 minutes or until lightly browned.
  • Transfer meatballs to a 4-qt. slow cooker. In small bowl, mix the first 8 sauce ingredients. Pour over meatballs. Cook, covered, on low 3-4 hours or until meatballs are cooked through. If desired, sprinkle with green onions.
Freeze option: Freeze cooled meatball mixture (without green onions) in freezer containers. To use, partially thaw in refrigerator overnight. Heat through in a covered saucepan, gently stirring and adding a little broth or water if necessary. Sprinkle with green onions.
Editor's Note
Wear disposable gloves when cutting hot peppers; the oils can burn skin. Avoid touching your face.
Nutrition Facts
1 meatball: 52 calories, 2g fat (1g saturated fat), 13mg cholesterol, 119mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 3g protein.

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  • Michael
    Feb 4, 2019

    First try at these and they were fabulous A hit at my super bowl party!!

  • robbrd
    Jan 1, 2018

    Loved these meatballs! I used them as an appetizer for a party. I think it would be great as a main dish with noodles. I followed the recipe exactly.

  • Katizzle
    Dec 17, 2016

    Full disclosure: I did not make the recipe as listed above due to lack of ingredients. I used frozen Swedish meatballs, honey instead of duck sauce, some ketchup Worcestershire added to the BBQ sauce (didn't quite have the 1/4 c), and a squirt of sriracha. Everything else was the same though.It did turn out really yummy though.

  • gina.kapfhamer
    Nov 18, 2016

    Instead of ground pork, used ground turkey for this meatball recipe. Made for a very easy appetizer for a Thanksgiving potluck we had for my book club! Will definitely be making this one again.