Hawaiian Meatballs and Rice

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Tender meatballs simmered in barbecue sauce and crushed pineapple and served with rice for a taste of Hawaii

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  • 1 cup Hunt's® Original Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 1 pound ground round beef (85% lean)
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 2-1/4 cups instant brown rice, uncooked, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 1 can (8 oz each) crushed pineapple in juice, undrained
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 3/4 cup frozen chopped green bell pepper
  1. Mix together 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, beef, onion, 1/4 cup rice, seasoned salt and pepper in large bowl until blended. Divide mixture into 24 portions; roll firmly into 1-1/4-inch balls.
  2. Spray large skillet with cooking spray; heat over medium-high heat. Place remaining 3/4 cup barbecue sauce, pineapple and water in skillet; stir to combine. Place meatballs in skillet on top of sauce mixture.
  3. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to medium-low. Simmer 10 to 12 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F), stirring carefully. Uncover, simmer 2 to 3 minutes more or until sauce is thickened slightly.
  4. Meanwhile, prepare remaining 2 cups rice according to package directions, omitting salt and butter and adding bell pepper. Serve meatballs and sauce over rice.
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Lauren P November 18, 2015

I don't care what you name the dish, it had great flavor! Used premade meatballs because I had them at the ready and it was a hit with my picky eaters!

Anonymous November 14, 2015

This is zero percent "Hawaiian". You should be ashamed of yourself.

Kimo October 08, 2015

Really?? Just a bit of pineapple to an alien dish and it's suddenly Hawaiian. Don't come here and try to serve that. WHITE RICE properly cooked in a rice cooker, Meatballs?? No where near Hawaiian, make it was Spam instead, then there would be some authenticity, but then no one would eat eat because mainlanders are ashamed to eat Spam... Try another culture....

Kat September 24, 2015

Mush over rice, no meatball. Will not make this again.

Kimo September 14, 2015

Being born and raised in the islands i can tell you all this is not Hawaiian style food...also i have never even seen meatballs made with Hunts BBQ sauce in the Islands...Hawaiians dont eat brown rice either, only sticky Japanese rice...Just because pineapple is in the dish, doesnt make it Hawaiian style food...all these good people tried to make this dish and it came out like something you find in the frozen section from walmart.

Gene Murphy September 14, 2015

I guess you all don't read well..........It said INSTANT rice, not whole grain