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These easy meatball skewers are made with frozen meatballs and sweet peppers and then basted with a simple sweet and sour sauce for a fast weeknight meal.

Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers

Originally posted August 26, 2009 – Have I mentioned that I’ve been grilling a lot lately? :) These meatball skewers are so super simple and a great recipe to turn to when you don’t know what to have for dinner and you don’t want a lot of effort. Frozen meatballs and sweet peppers are threaded onto skewers and then basted with a simple 2-ingredient sweet and sour sauce. I love to keep Ikea frozen meatballs on hand just for recipes like this one!

Can I tell you how happy I am to not have kids old enough to be in school right now?? It seems like this is the busiest time of the year for parents of back-to-schoolers. Or maybe it’s just getting back into the groove of things that makes it all seem so busy and hectic.

Meatball Skewers with a Sweet and Sour Glaze

I have to admit – that made me grateful for my simple – only – 1 – child – life. But even with my one child – who has many years until she starts school, some days seem so crazy busy that I don’t even have time to think of what’s for dinner. What to do on those nights? Turn to a recipe like these meatball skewers! So incredibly easy and fast. And perfect for the end of summer nights. And did I mention they are quite tasty as well??

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Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers

Prep Time: 15 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 25 minutes

Yield: 4 servings

Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers

These easy meatball skewers are made with frozen meatballs and sweet peppers and then basted with a simple sweet and sour sauce for a fast weeknight meal.


  • 32 frozen fully cooked 1-inch meatballs, thawed (1 lb.)
  • 1 red pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1 green pepper, cut into 1-inch squares
  • 1/4 cup apricot jam
  • 1/4 cup barbecue sauce


  1. Heat a grill to medium-high. Thread the peppers and meatballs alternately onto 8 skewers.
  2. Microwave the jam in a small bowl for 15 seconds. Add the barbecue sauce and stir to combine.
  3. Place the meatball skewers on the grill and brush with the sauce. Grill for 8-10 minutes, turning and basting with the sauce occasionally.
  4. Serve warm.



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21 Responses to Sweet and Sour Meatball Skewers

  1. Rosa's Yummy Yums says:

    Those look so good! I love anything that is sweet-and-sour and adore meatballs!



  2. Paula says:

    Oooo, I like the skewer approach here. The sweet and sourness is unexpected … I was thinking bbq, and was very pleasantly surprised to see sweet and sour!

    I'm all for fast, easy, and tasty! I've got three urchlings and their Fall schedules are starting to ramp up. I try to keep it sane by only allowing 1 activity per child … figures their energy level increases just as mine is decreasing! :-)

    PS: I keep meaning to mention that I like your new avatar photo. I liked the braids, too! :-)

  3. Karine says:

    These meatballs skewers seem to be perfect for dinner on a busy day! I love the flavors of sweet and sour dishes… but I am still struggling at making my own good recipe with these flavors/

  4. Ben says:

    I had never thought about using meatballs for skewers, but that is a brilliant idea :D

  5. Grace says:

    i've had the ol' apricot jam/barbecue sauce combination on meatballs before, BUT they weren't on a stick. clearly, that would make them better. :)

  6. Sylvie says:

    I'm glad you have time to make great meals like that and share it with us too!

  7. Spryte says:

    Those sound so tasty!

  8. Ingrid says:

    LOVE this and bet the kids would as well. I totally get what your sister is going through! I have three of my own (including twin boys) all doing something and one doings several activities. Btw, my youngest is named McKenna as well.

  9. Elizabeth says:

    Deborah,I can certainly relate to your sister.with 4 boys all playing at least one sport each,guitar lessons and boy scouts I can't think straight.Those meatball skewers look amazing.I am definitely going to try them!

  10. Valerie says:

    Wow! That's easy. I've never bought pre-made meatballs, but I might have to give this one a try. It's great to have some quick recipes for busy days!!

  11. Ally says:

    YUM!!! Delicious idea and who doesn't love meatballs?!

  12. Maria says:

    I love skewers. I usually do all veggies though:)

  13. Anh says:

    These look so tasty and juicy!

  14. Emily says:

    Yum. These skewers look delicious. They do sound quick and easy. I feel very sorry for your sister. That sounds like a busy day.

  15. Colleen says:

    I am drooling just reading this recipe – my husband will LOVE this!

  16. Sophie says:

    What a busy schedule! Sheesh. These look delicious, and kiddos could also eat these on the go, which is perfect for moms like your sis :D.

  17. Sulagna Mukherjee Basu says:

    That is just yummy !! I'll try this out with chicken :-)

  18. what an awesome idea to do meatball skewers! definitely perfect for summer, love it. thanks for sharing the idea and recipe!

  19. These look absolutely incredible, love the sweet & sour flavoring!

  20. Chels R. says:

    YOU are killing me with all of your skewer recipes! These look outstanding! BTW-those steak and potato kabobs-we’re making them again this weekend for some family. We’ve raved about them enough that they demanded we make them for them, ha!

  21. I am LOVING these skewers! My kind of dinner! And ugh yes this is my first year shopping for 2 school kiddos (even though it’s just morning preschool for the youngest). It’s maddening! I’m sooooooooo behind!

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