Sweet & Sour Meatballs

by byn on January 15, 2013

in Beef & Pork

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Sweet & Sour Meatballs

In my second year of university, I lived in a pretty awesome little house close to campus with five girls from my dorm. I hadn’t really kept in touch with them until the great Facebook boom of 2007. Remember those early days of Facebook when you had friend requests every day and constantly updated your status? Gross. Anyway, this recipe comes from my university housemate Michelle, who ignored my multiple friend requests for reasons unbeknownst to moi.  Don’t know what I ever did to offend you Michelle, but thanks for bringing this deliciousness into my life!

These meatballs have been mentioned numerous times on Planet Byn, but somehow I’ve never posted the recipe. At Christmastime I thought I lost the scrap of paper I had it written on and I FREAKED out. Now we have it recorded safely here, and don’t have to worry about friend-ing Michelle to find it again.

The thing about the sauce is that it’s basically just a load of sugar, which is what makes it so good, but guess what? When I was strolling by the jars of sweet & sour sauce at the grocery store last week (you know, the fluorescent orange ones) the first ingredient in those is sugar too. I make this like twice a year, so I figure that’s okay. I prefer to get my sugar from cookie based sources.

Sweet & Sour Meatballs

Source: Sauce courtesy Michelle from Tillsonburg, Ontario, no clue where this meatball recipe came from



1 egg

1 small onion, grated

1/4 cup breadcrumbs

2 tsp soy sauce

2 tsp worchestershire sauce

1/4 tsp pepper

1 lb ground beef


1 1/3 cups brown sugar

2 tbsp flour

1/4 cup vinegar

1/2 cup water

2 tbsp soy sauce

1 tbsp ketchup


  1. For meatballs, line a baking sheet with tin foil, spray with non-stick spray and preheat the oven to 400. Mix all ingredients together, roll into balls, place on baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes. Add to a glass baking dish.
  2. Add all ingredients to a saucepan and whisk together. Heat over medium-high heat until mixture bubbles and thickens. Pour over meatballs and stir to coat. Bake for another 15-20 minutes until everything is hot and bubbly.

{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Tatiana January 17, 2013 at 10:40 am

did you have them over fried rice? i’ll try the sauce for sure
have you, btw, tried the IKEA meatballs at home? not just any store meatballs (the ingredients on those are disturbing) but specifically the frozen pre-cooked kind IKEA sells in their little cafe at checkout? it may sound terrible but they are so very good and unless I’m making turkey ones at home, I rely on that trusty bag in my freezer…


Byn January 17, 2013 at 10:06 pm

hey T, i don’t eat any frozen processed foods. they give me gas (TMI?) and it’s just as easy for me to make things fresh!


draoife January 15, 2013 at 10:39 pm

My favourite post ever. Brad and I were laughing our heads off! Also, I am glad to hear I am not the only one who still organizes their thoughts on tiny unreliable pieces of paper. I’m going to adapt this for a GF EF SF version – but keep the sugar in! :)


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