Meatballs are so good, they are very popular during the holiday season as well as football season, or heck, what am I saying, any kind of get together (he-he, I am having this for dinner with scallop potatoes)! Remember these yummy bits for your upcoming Superbowl party! First of all, let me get the introductions out, Sweet Baby Ray, meet Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce. Didn't know Frank's Red Hot Sauce put out a Sweet Chili Sauce? Well, let me just say, it is awesome! The famous Sweet Baby Ray's barbecue sauce goes perfect with Frank's Red Hot Sweet Chili Sauce AND meatballs! It's not too spicy, but if you want an extra kick, you are more than welcome to add a teaspoon of red chili flakes, after all, make it taste to YOUR liking.
Thatsa Spicy Meatball
I use frozen bite size homestyle meatballs (not Italian flavored) 38 oz. package. Contains about 76 - 1/2 oz. meatballs but if you prefer, use homemade meatballs.
1 green pepper, cut into chunks (optional)
1/2 fresh pineapple, cored and diced into chunks (optional)
(can also use a can of drained pineapple chunks)
Prepare green pepper and pineapple and set aside. If you decide to add these optional ingredients, they will be added to the slow cooker later during the cooking time.
1 cup Sweet Baby Ray's Original Barbecue sauce
1/2 cup Frank's Red Hot Chili Sauce (make sure it is not the original Red Hot Sauce)
1/4 cup Ketsup
Mix together in a small mixing bowl. At this point, give it a little taste, if you want more spice add more chili sauce or chili pepper flakes.
Pour frozen unthawed meatballs into a slow cooker and pour the sauce over the meatballs. Stir to coat. Place slow cooker on low and cook about 4 hours.
After 4 hours of cooking, add the diced pepper and pineapple and stir carefully so you don't break the meatballs. Continue cooking on low another hour.
|All the ingredients that you will need for Thatsa Spicy Meatballs|
|Green peppers should be diced to this size - this is a teaspoon|
|This is a whole pineapple cored and cubed, I only add half which is divided by the knife.|
|Add your frozen meatballs to the slow cooker and turn your cooker on to low.|
|Mix up the sauce ingredients in a small mixing bowl (I used a large measuring cup) and pour over the meatballs.|
|Stir the sauce covering all of the meatballs and cover. (bye, bye...see you in 4 hours)|
|Optional - add prepared green peppers and pineapple.|
|Stir carefully and cover. Cook on low one more hour. The juices from the extra ingredients thins out the sauce a little bit.|