This is not your ordinary meatballs and pasta. This dish gives you the sweet flavor of Hawaii.

  • 1 (8 oz.) can crushed pineapple
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
  • 1 lb. ground beef
  • 1/2 green bell pepper, finely diced
  • 1 onion, finely diced
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 large egg, beaten
  • 1/2 cup seasoned Panko bread crumbs
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • 3 cups prepared brown rice

Preheat oven to 450°.

In a small pot, combine half the pineapple, 3/4 cup of the barbecue sauce and brown sugar. Mix and set aside. In a large bowl add remaining pineapple and barbecue sauce, beef, green bell pepper, onion, garlic, egg, panko bread crumbs, salt and pepper. Using your hands, mix together until combined. Roll into 1-inch balls and set on baking sheet and bake for 20 minutes.

Warm the sauce on the stove and toss with meatballs. Serve meatballs over rice.