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Test subject Bill loves pork, so I’m always looking for new ways to make pork. He also has a tough time swallowing ground beef because of the gristle/connective tissue that’s often a part of beef…but not so much with pork! So ground pork is the convenience food of choice in our house.

I was inspired by this recipe over at AllRecipes. White sugar is something I avoid so every time I see it in a recipe I’m always tweaking to see how to get out of it. This turned out fantastic. I don’t even have a picture because they are GONE.

KKF Sweet n Sour Pork Balls

1 1/2 lbs ground pork

16 oz. tomato sauce

1 cup water

1/4 c maple syrup

1 T sucanat (you could use white sugar if you want, or increase the maple syrup)

1 T Worcestershire sauce

1 t Italian seasoning

1 t chili powder

1 t apple cider vinegar

1/2 t salt

Preheat oven to 350 degress. Form the ground pork into balls and place in a glass baking dish. Stir together all the other ingredients in a saucepan and heat lightly. Taste and adjust seasonings to your preference. Pour the sauce over the balls and bake for 45-60 minutes, depending on how big you made your pork balls.

We had this over rice with broccoli on the side. It was fantastic, used waaaay less sweetener than the original recipe, and was still pleasantly sweet.

When I make this again I’ll try to remember to take a picture so I can come back and post it!

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