Grab your toothpicks and dive into this mouthwatering appetizer of Hawaiian Meatballs with Lil Smokies just for fun! With only a few ingredients you can be serving family or guests in minutes. Craving a midnight snack? Dive in to these sweet and savory Meatballs made right in the Instant Pot.

Hawaiian Meatballs

Meatballs and Weenies is such a versatile recipe. You’ve likely tried a favorite variation made with Grape Jelly and BBQ Sauce. It’s delicious and I recommend you try them. But, BBQ Pineapple Meatballs with a sauce made from Apricot Preserves is ah-ma-zing.

My boys come running and don’t bother with a plate, they just pop a meatball or weenie in their mouths give a quick chew and pop one more in. To say they are devoured is an understatement.

Hawaiian Meatballs

This recipe can go from Frozen to cooked in Zero (0) Minutes in the Instant Pot. That’s all it needs and you will be eating Hot Meatballs and Weenies.

As an Appetizer Recipe or quick snack this is a recipe that everyone will love. Kid approved and family favorite.

Ingredients for Hawaiian Meatballs

Hawaiian Meatballs and Lil Smokies
  • Frozen Meatballs
  • Lil Smokies
  • Pineapple
  • BBQ Sauce
  • Apricot Preserves
  • Water

How to make Hawaiian Meatballs with Lil Smokies

Instant Pot Directions

Add 1 1/2 Cup water to a 6qt Instant Pot. If you are using an 8 qt add 2 Cups Water. Toss in frozen Meatballs, approximately 32 meatballs and a 14oz package of Lil Smokies.

Close the lid and set to Pressure Cook for Zero (0) Minutes. I know it looks crazy. But remember the time to pressure up is also cooking the ingredients. Use your +/- buttons to adjust the time to Zero (0) and let the Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker do it’s magic.

Hawaiian Meatballs and Lil Smokies Steps

Quick Release the Pressure, open the lid and drain the liquid. The water was only needed to pressure up the Instant Pot. So drain the liquid.

In a separate bowl combine 1 cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce and 1/2 Cup Apricot Preserves and stir until mostly smooth. Drain Pineapple Chunks.

Add Pineapple Chunks and BBQ Sauce to Meatballs and Weenies and stir. These are ready to eat!

Optional ~ You can set the Instant Pot to Saute and caramelize the sauce a bit to thicken. But it’s not necessary if you just want to dive in!

New to using an Instant Pot or Pressure Cooker? Let me help! I’ll answer all the questions to get you started and feeling like a pro in no time! Start with a Water Test, I’ve got step by step instructions in this post. And all your questions can be Answered in this How To Instant Pot Post.

Crock Pot Directions

  • Add Frozen Meatballs, Lil Smokies, Drained Pineapple Chunks, BBQ Sauce and Apricot Preserves to Crock Pot and Stir to combine
  • Set to Low for 3-4 hours or until heated through
  • Serve with Toothpicks

Quick Tips / Substitution

Go ahead a add double the meatballs for the Lil Smokies or make all Lil Smokies. It’s an easy substitution.

Variations to Sauce

  • BBQ Sauce or Heinz Chili Sauce with Grape Jelly
  • Teriyaki Sauce with Orange Marmalade
BBQ Pineapple Meatballs

How to Serve BBQ Meatballs and Lil Smokies

This recipe is so easy, we love to serve with Toothpicks and small plates. Load BBQ Pineapple Meatballs on a platter or large serving bowl and let your family serve themselves.

You can’t serve just 1 appetizer. In fact I’ve got an easy way for you to figure out how many appetizers to plan for when serving guests. You will never run out and have a perfect variety too.

How Many Appetizers do I need?

  • Serve 3 Appetizer Recipes when hosting 8-10 people
  • Serve 4-5 Appetizer Recipes when Hosting 14-16 People
  • Serve 6 Appetizer Recipes when hosting larger groups of 20+
How Many GuestsAppetizers
8-10 GuestsServe 3 Appetizers
14-16 GuestsServe 4-5 Appetizers
20+ GuestsServe 6 Appetizers
BBQ Pineapple Meatballs and Lil Smokies

I love making Appetizers because they are so fun to make and so many recipes are also very simple like this one. Here are a few more of my favorites you can try or check out all of my Appetizer Recipes!

Hawaiian Meatballs and Lil Smokies
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Hawaiian Meatballs

Hawaiian Meatballs with Lil Smokies and Sweet and Savory, a delicious appetizer recipe made in the Instant Pot with only 5 Ingredients. In minutes you will enjoy these wonderful little snacks.
Prep Time5 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 10
Calories: 307kcal

Ingredients

  • 32 Meatballs Frozen
  • 32 Lil Smokies 14oz pkg
  • 1 Can Pineapple Chunks
  • 1 Cup BBQ Sauce
  • 1/2 Cup Apricot Preserves
  • 1 1/2 Water

Instructions

Instant Pot Directions

  • Add Frozen Meatballs, Lil Smokies and Water to Instant Pot / Pressure Cooker
  • Set to Pressure Cook for Zero (0) Minutes. Use the +/- Keys to Adjust to Zero
  • Quick Release Pressure and Drain and discard Liquid
  • In a separate bowl combine BBQ Sauce and Apricot Preserves. Stir until mostly smooth
  • Add Drained Pineapple Chunks, and BBQ Sauce to Hot Meatballs and Weenies. Stir
  • Set Instant Pot to Saute to Caramelize Sauce if Desired
  • Serve with Toothpicks for an Easy Appetizer

Crock Pot Directions

  • Add Frozen Meatballs, Lil Smokies, Drained Pineapple Chunks, BBQ Sauce and Apricot Preserves to Crock Pot and Stir to combine
  • Set to Low for 3-4 hours or until heated through
  • Serve with Toothpicks

Notes

How many Appetizers to Serve a Crowd

  • Serve 3 Appetizer Recipes when hosting 8-10 people
  • Serve 4-5 Appetizer Recipes when Hosting 14-16 People
  • Serve 6 Appetizer Recipes when hosting larger groups of 20+
 

Nutrition

Calories: 307kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 17g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 51mg | Sodium: 772mg | Potassium: 271mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 20g | Vitamin A: 56IU | Vitamin C: 7mg | Calcium: 21mg | Iron: 1mg
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