Porcupines in BBQ Sauce

Submitted by Paulene Christie

Porcupines in BBQ Sauce

5 from 1 vote
Serving: 24
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Total Time 6 hours 15 minutes


  • 500g lean minced beef
  • 1/2 cup raw long grain white rice
  • 1 large grated onion
  • Salt and Pepper
  • 1-2 cloves minced garlic to taste
  • Flour to dust
  • 400g can of diced/crushed tomatoes
  • 420g can cream of tomato soup concentrate
  • 1/2 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1 tbsp packed brown sugar


  • Combine mince, rice, onion, salt, pepper and garlic in a large bowl.
  • With clean hands, combine mix well and form into approximately golf ball sized balls.
  • Roll each ball lightly in plain flour to coat and place gently in bottom of slow cooker in single layer.
  • Combine tomatoes, soup, sauce and sugar and mix well. Pour gently over the meatballs in the slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on low for approx 6hrs.
  • Lovely served with penne pasta and fresh vegetables.

24 thoughts on “Porcupines in BBQ Sauce”

  1. Pauline – I had an epic fail with this receipe!!!
    Help what did I do wrong? Tastes fantastic but meat balls ended up as mush haha.
    Gave receipe 5 stars as it tastes amazing but was wondering whether I should have quickly fried them first so
    they held their shape?? Followed receipe exactly and quantities and cooked on low for stated time. Not sure why they didnt keep their shape
    Would appreciate any feedback

    1. Hi Denise

      Oh no!
      I’m glad the taste was great but we want good shape too! ๐Ÿ™‚
      My most epic ever slow cooker fail back in the day was porcupines so I feel your pain … I’d accidentally added more rice than I should have when I had my fail and it was like one GIANT porcupine lol lol
      I don’t ever fry mine?
      But I also NEVER move them or stir in anyway until right at the end so they are firm by then and won’t break apart.
      You definitely had the rice volume right? And didn’t stir?
      Is your cooker extra hot? Did you still have lots of sauce with them or did it dry out more than it should have? Just trying to brainstorm so reasons why it may not have worked right? ๐Ÿ™‚

  2. Love this recipe also add taco seasoning and chilli so much you can do with this recipe cooking up a batch to take to my sons house .
    Will give him your version as he does not like anything hot

  3. Had this for the first time tonight absolutely beautiful turned so well and the kid loved it new family favourite. Thanks for sharing such a great recipe

  4. I Stuck with exactly what the recipe said, and the porcupines turned out perfectly!!!
    *Tip – I always use 5 star mince when making meatball recipes, I feel a higher quality mince holds it’s texture / shape during cooking better & saves the balls turning to ‘Slop’.

  5. Felicity Thambyah

    Was too sweet for us. Recommend not adding the extra sugar. Also my meatballs fell apart alot and were hard to even see in the sauce to serve. I served with pasta but I think mash would go better or even sub rolls with cheese

  6. Looks like a great recipe. Could I make the porcupines the night before, put them in the fridge and then cook them in the slow cooker the next day? Just wondering if I can put it all together in the rush before the work day ?

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