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  • 1 can (8 oz each) crushed pineapple in juice, divided
  • 1 cup Hunt's® Original Barbecue Sauce, divided
  • 1 pound ground round beef (85% lean)
  • 2-1/4 cups instant brown rice, uncooked, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • PAM® Original No-Stick Cooking Spray
  • 3/4 cup frozen chopped green bell pepper

Nutrition Information*

Serving Size 4 servings (6 meatballs with sauce and 1 cup rice each)
Calories 575

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  1. Stir together half the pineapple and 3/4 cup barbecue sauce in small bowl; set aside.
  2. Mix remaining pineapple, remaining 1/4 cup barbecue sauce, beef, 1/4 cup rice, salt and pepper in large bowl until well blended. Shape mixture into 24 meatballs, about 1-1/4 inches each. Place in large skillet sprayed with cooking spray; spoon sauce mixture over meatballs.
  3. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stir gently and cover. Reduce heat to medium-low; simmer 16 to 18 minutes or until meatballs are cooked through (160°F).
  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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Amount per Serving
Calories 575  
  % Daily Value*
Total fat 18 g 27%
Saturated fat 6 g 30%
Cholesterol 92 mg 31%
Sodium 734 mg 31%
Carbohydrate 74 g 25%
Dietary fiber 5 g 19%
Sugars 27 g  
Protein 32 g  
Vitamin A   2%
Vitamin C   29%
Calcium   7%
Iron   30%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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User Rating: 3 stars

You guys have no creativity, you need to branch out and know what works and what doesn't. If you Simmer uncooked meatballs in a sauce they will break you not cook meatballs first before you add them to Tomato Sauce?.......come on guys. If you use canned pineapple strain out the water or let the chunks/slices sit on a paper towel for a few minutes before you add to the meat. I added Onions and Garlic, Jalapenos would be great also, Less bbq sauce in the meatball mixture is better and I left out the rice. We want MEATballs not riceballs. Cook the Meatballs like you normally would in the oven or in a non stick pan. Get a good crispy side to them, well done is better than not. Once they are very browned, add the bbq sauce/pineapple mixture and simmer on a low heat and cover. It may take a little longer but it will all soak in. Keep an eye on your sauce level If you need to add water then do so. It will reduce and coat the meat. if i need to tell you how to cook rice......

Posted by: potatocakes59 | on 04/22/2014
User Rating: 1 stars

i followed the recipe exactly as written and this was just horrible. the ingredients sounded good but in the end I tossed the recipe. the meatballs turned to mush and not only looked unappetizing but also just tasted bad. should have read the reviews first but this dish really sounded good. extremely disappointing.

Posted by: kaspees | on 03/28/2014
User Rating: 1 stars

Worst. Recipe. Ever. Save your time, save your money. I'd seen the previous bad reviews, but they just piqued my curiosity since I thought the recipe sounded good. Nope, the other one star people were right. This takes perfectly good ingredients and turns them into a terrible recipe. This site should remove it.

Posted by: Pam H | on 03/26/2014
User Rating: 1 stars

Rule 1: Bake all meatballs in the oven, don't fry them or try to cook them on top of the stove. The recipe is flawed for two other reasons. There is too much grease in 85% ground beef for the recipe, if followed, to work. There is too much liquid added to not have a lot of a bonding agent like bread crumbs and egg.

Posted by: Billy Sea | on 03/07/2014
User Rating: 1 stars

WOW!!! I made this today for dinner. The meatballs fell apart back into ground hamburger meat. The rice didn't cook in the meatballs. The sauce was so sweet we could not eat it. I did use the brands suggested above. This was a total waste of my time and MONEY. I would not suggest anyone try this. The meat balls need some bread and egg to hold them together I have been cooking for 40 years. I am a very well seasoned cook in all types of food. i give this a -10

Posted by: WILMA | on 02/16/2014
User Rating: 5 stars

Opting to implement suggestions from other reviewers, I added an egg and bread crumbs (and some bulgar wheat) to the meatball mixture to bind the ingredients. I also tried to brown the meatballs before adding the sauce. They didn't all fit in the pan (as was a common comment among reviewers) so I had to make two batches. The meatballs were very frail and were too easy to break apart (another common reviewer comment) so browning them in batches was not a good idea. Next time, I will stick with the recipe to put all the raw meatballs in the pan and boil them in the sauce to cook them. This is less work and reduces the likelihood that they'll break apart. I would still add the egg and bread crumbs because the flavor was fantastic. My picky eater didn't like the rice but did eat the meatballs. The rest of the family loved the dish as much as I did.

Posted by: Quick and healthy | on 01/14/2014
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