Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce

November 17, 2017Teresa

Gluten Free Living – 2017

I loved this Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce entree. I made homemade gluten free meatballs with parmesan cheese and tossed them in a crockpot with BBQ sauce, a can of chunk pineapple and a chopped red bell pepper. That was it. It was easy and delicious served over rice.

Earlier in the month I pulled a large package of ground beef out of my freezer. I only needed part of it for the Tex-Mex recipe I made. So I was trying to figure out a way to use up the rest of the beef.

Meatballs are one of those comfort foods I love so much, so I decided to try a new spin on meatballs based on my Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs and my Waikiki Meatballs recipes. One of those uses pineapple and bell pepper and the other one uses BBQ sauce. I thought the combination would be delicious, and it was!

This recipe can just as easily be made with freezer meatballs from Costco or any other grocery store. Those meatballs (while convenient) are never made gluten free. So because I always look for gluten free options, I made up  my own meatballs with gluten free bread crumbs, dehydrated onion and garlic, parsley, thyme, eggs and parmesan cheese.

The meatballs only took about ten minutes to make and then I put them into the crockpot raw with the other ingredients. I do recommend that you use only a 96% lean ground beef if you don’t precook the meatballs. That way you won’t end up with a lot of grease floating to the top after the meatballs cook through.

I chose a BBQ sauce without high fructose corn syrup and preservatives. Since it already had sugar, and the pineapples in juice would be sweet, I didn’t feel like the recipe needed additional sugar. (And it didn’t). While I served the entree over rice, you can just as easily serve this as an appetizer for parties and potlucks.

I had this recipe ready to go in the crockpot in about 15-20 minutes. I cooked the recipe on high for about 2 hours and that was it. I served it over top of rice and enjoyed it for lunches for several days after the original dinner meal I made it for. This recipe makes about 56 meatballs – enough for 8-10 hearty appetites. So if you aren’t interested in having extra’s you can easily cut this recipe in half.

If you want a simple, easy and delicious dinner meal that’s made in the crockpot, this Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple sauce should be on the menu. It has all the sweet and sour flavors you’ll love. Plus, it’s one of those hearty, satisfying comfort foods that’s terrific any time of the year.

If you need this recipe ready in about 30 minutes, then simply fry the meatballs in oil in a Dutch oven. Drain the grease and add the remaining ingredients. Heat through and serve. Either way, this recipe is just about perfect. 🙂

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce is one of those comfort foods I really enjoy.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

This recipe is terrific served over rice.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

If you enjoy meatballs like I do, you’ll love this recipe.

Here’s what I did.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

I used these ingredients. While I made homemade meatballs because I wanted to make this recipe gluten free, you can use pre-made meatballs if you desire. 

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Place ground beef in a large mixing bowl. Add gluten free bread crumbs, parmesan cheese, eggs, dehydrated onions, dehydrated garlic (or use fresh), thyme, parsley, salt and pepper.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Mix with your hands until thoroughly mixed together.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Roll meat into balls and place in a crockpot.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Add a can of undrained pineapple chunks and a chopped red bell pepper.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Add barbecue sauce. I chose one made without a lot of the preservatives or high fructose corn syrup that many BBQ sauces have.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Cover with lid and cook about 2 hours on high. About 30 minutes before the meatballs are cooked through, begin cooking rice. 

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Serve Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce over hot, cooked rice.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

I loved the flavors of the BBQ sauce when it was diluted with the pineapple juice, pineapple and bell pepper.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

If you’re cooking for a crowd, this recipe will easily serve 10 hearty appetites.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

The thyme and parmesan cheese really added to the flavor of these meatballs.

Here’s the recipe.

SLOW COOKER PARMESAN MEATBALLS IN BBQ PINEAPPLE SAUCE

(My own concoction)

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This fantastic meatball recipe is made with gluten free bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Then it's cooked in the crockpot with barbecue sauce, pineapple chunks and red bell pepper. It's terrific served over rice.
Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, parmesan cheese, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, dehydrated onions and minced garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  2. With your hands mix ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Roll mixture into balls.
  4. Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
  5. Place meatballs in crockpot.
  6. Add BBQ sauce, pineapple chunks with juice and bell pepper.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook on high about 2 hours or until meatballs are done and heated through.
  9. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  10. Yield: 56 meatballs or about 10-12 servings.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Do not use a beef under 96% lean or you will end up with too much grease after the meatballs cook.

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Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

If you’re looking for a tasty recipe that you can serve in a few hours, this one is easy and delicious.

If you need to make this a 30-minute meal you can cook the meatballs on top of the stove, drain the grease and add the sauce ingredients. It’s yummy either way.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce is a great gluten free recipe if you’re searching for delicious gluten free recipes.

Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef

There is actually enough sauce in this recipe for twice as many meatballs! You can also serve these meatballs as an appetizer, if you prefer.

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Sweet and Sour Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this #meatball entree is awesome! It's made with a delicious sweet & sour sauce & filled with bell peppers, #pineapple & water chestnuts. Served over #rice, this is the perfect weeknight meal. #beef #glutenfree

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Slow Cooker Cocktail Meatballs | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | this favorite #meatballs recipe includes grape jelly & #SweetBabyRays #BBQ sauce! It's fabulous for #tailgating, #NewYearsEve or #SuperBowl parties. So easy, too! #appetizer
Print Recipe
Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce BigOven - Save recipe or add to grocery list Yum
This fantastic meatball recipe is made with gluten free bread crumbs and parmesan cheese. Then it's cooked in the crockpot with barbecue sauce, pineapple chunks and red bell pepper. It's terrific served over rice.
Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Servings
Ingredients
Slow Cooker Parmesan Meatballs in BBQ Pineapple Sauce | Can't Stay Out of the Kitchen | these fantastic #meatballs are #glutenfree and made with #parmesan cheese. The sauce includes #BBQ sauce, #pineapple & red bell pepper. It takes 15 minutes to prepare & 2 hours in the #crockpot. #beef
Instructions
  1. Combine ground beef, bread crumbs, eggs, parmesan cheese, parsley, thyme, salt, pepper, dehydrated onions and minced garlic in a large mixing bowl.
  2. With your hands mix ingredients thoroughly.
  3. Roll mixture into balls.
  4. Spray crockpot with cooking spray.
  5. Place meatballs in crockpot.
  6. Add BBQ sauce, pineapple chunks with juice and bell pepper.
  7. Stir to combine.
  8. Cook on high about 2 hours or until meatballs are done and heated through.
  9. Serve over hot cooked rice.
  10. Yield: 56 meatballs or about 10-12 servings.
Recipe Notes

NOTE: Do not use a beef under 96% lean or you will end up with too much grease after the meatballs cook.

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