How to make slow cooker sweet and sour meatballs (video)

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Looking for an easy but delicious dinner idea? Look no further! These slow-cooker sweet-and-sour meatballs are sweet and tangy. They have the usual flavors of sweet and sour you would expect from a Chinese restaurant, but no food coloring! Be sure to check out the recipe below.
I made these yesterday for dinner. I had to run my daughter to practice, and my husband was on his own to serve himself. I'd set the slow cooker set to warm and left steamed rice in the rice maker for him. He texted me how great these were. I told him later that I had not made the meatballs from scratch; he had no idea!
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Slow-cooker sweet-and-sour meatballs
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Preparation time: 15 minutes
Total time: 3 hours, 15 minutes
Serves: 6
Ingredients
1 1/2 cups apricot-pineapple preserves
1 tablespoon soy sauce
2 teaspoons white vinegar
1/8 teaspoon red pepper flakes
2-pound bag frozen meatballs (not thawed)
1 white onion, diced
1 green bell pepper, diced
1 (20-ounce) can pineapple chunks, drained
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Directions
1. Add the preserves, soy sauce, vinegar and red pepper flakes to the slow cooker. Stir until smooth.
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2. Add the meatballs, onion, bell pepper and pineapple chunks. Stir.
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3. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours without opening the lid during the cooking time.
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4. Serve and enjoy!
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Tip: If you can't find apricot-pineapple preserves, apricot or peach would do fine too!
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