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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Anna D September 02, 2016

Delicious! I did use Chinese five spice to kick it into Oriental style. My family loved it!

kari August 11, 2016

I really enjoyed all of the flavor in this dish. when I made it, the meatballs didn't stay together well so next time I will use bread crumbs and eggs instead of the rice. but other than that- yum.

PDK June 10, 2016

Asked for a recipe for chicken and one for meatballs comes up. Big difference between and cow and a chicken last time looked.

Sandra May 23, 2016

I used a different bbq sauce that I had in my pantry. It had a bit of spiciness and that made the recipe even better. I also added some sweet Italian sausage to my ground beef. I thought I would have enough to freeze half but almost all of it got eaten. It was excellent!

Jackie May 16, 2016

This recipe looks so yummy! I am making it today! Can not wait to eat real Hawaiian food! Super excited!!!

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. ^_^