Porcupines in BBQ Sauce

Porcupines in BBQ Sauce


May 22, 2015

  • Prep: 15 mins
  • Cook: 6 hrs
  • Yields: 24 large meatballs


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


1Combine mince, rice, onion, salt, pepper and garlic in a large bowl.

2With clean hands, combine mix well and form into approximately golf ball sized balls.

3Roll each ball lightly in plain flour to coat and place gently in bottom of slow cooker in single layer.

4Combine tomatoes, soup, sauce and sugar and mix well. Pour gently over the meatballs in the slow cooker.

5Cover and cook on low for approx 6hrs.

6Lovely served with penne pasta and fresh vegetables.

Submitted by Paulene Christie


20 Reviews

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

February 17, 2022

yes you can 🙂
Just store them on another plate or bowl, not actual slow cooker bowl in fridge


February 11, 2022

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 😊


September 24, 2021

Delicious! Family doesn’t like ‘normal’ tomato porcupines but all liked this version


September 4, 2021

I makes porcupines in the slow cooker all the time my husband loves it this way better then cooking them in the oven


September 4, 2021

Cook this every week. So yummy and my grand kids love to soak up the sauce with bread.


January 23, 2021

Made the for supper tonight. Was delicious

Felicity Thambyah

January 13, 2021

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


November 14, 2019

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’.

Chantel Irvine

June 11, 2019

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

You could yes 🙂


June 5, 2019

Could you use pork mince instead. I have a freezer full of pork

Stacey Pepper

June 4, 2019

Yummo whole family from 5-62years loved it

Leanne Hards

June 28, 2018

This recipe is a family favourite, it freezes well and re heats well, love it

Linda Lee

January 5, 2018

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

Paulene @ Slow Cooker Central

November 24, 2017

Hi Denise

Oh no!
I’m glad the taste was great but we want good shape too! 🙂
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? 🙂


November 22, 2017

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


June 7, 2017

This is scrumptious!!!!! Delicious with mash! Make double, you’ll want more….❤️


June 5, 2017

So yummy. My partner and 11 month old also love them! Big thumbs up


June 27, 2016

Whole family loved them!! Making them again this week 🙂

Karen Stuckings

April 20, 2016

Love this recipe, will often double the meatballs to have on rolls for lunch next day

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