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

  • 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

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  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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Jen April 15, 2016

Great recipe! Thanks. ^_^ I don't care if it's "Hawaiian" or not, it turned out great. You have nothing to be ashamed of. ^_^

Me March 06, 2016

Never tried it, but don't you folks know that anything that has pineapple as an ingredient is authentically Hawaiian. Especially to mainlanders.

Chell January 17, 2016

Turned out great for us. Making it again tonight per the kids request! Only modification was i used Panko and an egg instead of instant rice to bind the meatballs.

LH January 04, 2016

Really -- not authentic Hawaiian? Boohoo! Get a life. This recipe looks good and I want to try it, authentic or not.

AC December 29, 2015

Kimo...nobody cares....

Carmen December 01, 2015

I made this beautiful dish tonight. It was great! A little bit on the sweet side because of the amount of bbq sauce, but still enjoyable! I did not put rice on the meat neither use an egg to bind the ingredients together. Thanks for sharing this recipe.