Turn a Bag of Frozen Party Meatballs into an Easy Family Meal!

BBQ Teriyaki Party Meatballs & Bell Peppers

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Directions

1

Heat the oil in a large skilet on the stove using medium heat. Add the bell peppers and meatballs. Stir.

2

Add the BBQ sauce, teriyaki, sweet soy sauce, and orange ginger seasoning. Stir all well.

3

Let simmer on the stove for about 15 minutes until meatballs are warmed through. If the sauce gets too sticky stir in a couple of tablespoons of water to broth.

4

Serve warm over cooked rice. Enjoy!

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These Asian-inspired party meatballs are perfect to serve over rice as a quick dinner idea. 

dishing up frozen meatballs meal in a bowl

In a dinner rut and need something low effort the kids will go crazy for?!

Consider making these teriyaki bbq glazed meatballs served over rice for a flavorful quick affordable meal. The other day the only thing I had on hand was a $5 frozen bag of party meatballs from Trader Joe’s and easily managed to use them as a basis for a unique-tasting skillet meal.

Love weeknight meals that won’t break the bank? We’ve got more cheap dinner ideas for you!

skillet with bbq frozen meatballs

I threw in bell peppers and made a fast BBQ glaze sauce using fridge condiments!

Isn’t it the best when meals created on the fly work out and the whole family is impressed? I added some of my favorite orange ginger seasoning blend for some bright flavor, too.

The best part is you can eyeball the amounts to taste and even create your own similar sweet and savory sauce. I know BBQ sauce and grape jelly is a popular combo to use with frozen meatballs, as well as chili sauce and cranberry jelly.

The result is a sweet and savory meatball dish that is easy to serve over white rice. I used my handy rice maker to make jasmine rice while I prepared the frozen meatballs on the stove so all in all this is truly a meal that can be done in under 30 minutes.

ingredients next to stove to make frozen bbq meatballs

Tips for making Sweet BBQ Frozen Party Meatballs:

  • I used a 20 oz. bag of Trader Joe’s mini meatballs that are a beef and pork blend. We are fans of these and buy them often. If you’d like to use another brand or homemade meatballs, this idea will work with either.
  • If you have a favorite prepared teriyaki BBQ sauce that you already love, then that could be a shortcut to use for a sauce! I just created my own on the fly using honey BBQ, sweet soy sauce, and teriyaki sauce.

adding frozen meatballs to skillet with bell peppers

adding bbq sauce to skillet meal

adding teriyaki sauce to meatballs

sweet soy sauce

adding orange ginger seasoning

skillet with cooked meatballs in teriyaki sauce

rice from insignia rice cooker

bowl with rice and trader joe's bbq teriyaki meatballs


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BBQ Teriyaki Party Meatballs & Bell Peppers

yield: 5 SERVINGS

prep time: 10 MINUTES

cook time: 20 MINUTES

total time: 30 MINUTES

Mini meatballs with a sweet BBQ sauce and sautéed bell peppers served over rice.

Directions

1

Heat the oil in a large skilet on the stove using medium heat. Add the bell peppers and meatballs. Stir.

2

Add the BBQ sauce, teriyaki, sweet soy sauce, and orange ginger seasoning. Stir all well.

3

Let simmer on the stove for about 15 minutes until meatballs are warmed through. If the sauce gets too sticky stir in a couple of tablespoons of water to broth.

4

Serve warm over cooked rice. Enjoy!

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taking a bite of meatballs and bell peppers over rice

Sweet BBQ meatballs for the mom win!

These meatballs happen to also be great in an easy spaghetti meal with marinara sauce. I have also paired them with a couple of frozen bags of Trader Joe’s delicious penne arrabbiata, which is also a family favorite. The possibilities are endless!


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Lina has a Bachelor's Degree from Northern Arizona University with 10 years of blogging and photography experience having work featured in Today.com, Martha Stewart, Country Living, Fox News, Buzzfeed, and HGTV.


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Comments 8

  1. Impactbrianna

    I buy a bag of Great Value frozen meatball nearly every week. It’s $5.86 here for 32 oz. That’s cheaper than buying the meat alone. They have regular or Italian style.

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh nice!! I love an easy meal with frozen meatballs!

  2. Bunny

    Didn’t know sweet soy sauce existed! Always learning new tips and tricks from you Lina…thanks so much 🙂

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh thanks! Enjoy Bunny!

  3. Laurie

    Making this for dinner tonight thanks Lina!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Oh yay! Enjoy Laurie!

  4. Tleeg74

    My family and I always run out of dinner ideas and have made this many times. Meatballs, rice, BBQ sauce and Viola!

    • Lina D (Hip2Save Sidekick)

      Yes! So simple and yum!

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