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RITZ-Barbecue Pork Mini Rice Balls

RITZ-Barbecue Pork Mini Rice Balls

Pulled barbecue pork, rice, cheddar cheese and RITZ Crackers combine to make a fried appetizer ball that explodes with flavor with the first bite. 

Prep time30 min
Total time45min
ServingsMakes 10 servings, 2 rice balls and 1 Tbsp. sauce each.
  • ⅔ cup long-grain white rice
  • ½ cup pulled pork with barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • ½ tsp. chili powder
  • 32 RITZ Crackers, crushed, divided
  • 3 eggs, divided
  • ¼ cup flour
  • 2 cups oil
  • ⅔ cup barbecue sauce
  • Cook rice as directed on package; cool slightly.
  • Spoon rice into large bowl. Add pulled pork, cheese, chili powder, 1 cup cracker crumbs and 1 beaten egg; mix just until blended.
  • Cover rimmed baking sheet with foil; spray with cooking spray.  Shape pork mixture into 20 (1-inch) balls; place on prepared baking sheet.
  • Beat remaining eggs in shallow dish until blended; set aside.  Spoon flour into shallow dish, then spoon remaining cracker crumbs into separate shallow dish.
  • Heat oil in medium saucepan to 375°F.
  • Roll rice balls, 1 at a time, in flour, then eggs, then cracker crumbs, turning to evenly coat each ball with each ingredient.  Return to baking sheet.
  • Add rice balls, a few at a time, to hot oil; cook 1 to 2 min. or until golden brown.  Remove rice balls from hot oil with slotted spoon; drain on paper towels.
  • Serve with barbecue sauce.
Recipe Tips
  • Size-Wise
    Take the time to savor the delicious flavor of these barbecue mini rice balls that can be included in a balance diet on occasion.
  • Substitute
    Prepare using shredded cooked chicken with barbecue sauce.
  • Make Ahead
    These savory rice balls can be cooked ahead of time.  Cool completely, then refrigerate in airtight container up to 3 days.  To reheat before serving, place rice balls in single layer on rimmed baking sheet sprayed with cooking spray.  Bake in 350°F oven 10 to 12 min. or until heated through.


Nutrition Information

Nutrition Per Serving

 % Daily Value*
Total fat 15g 
   Saturated fat 4.5g 
   Trans fat 0g 
Cholesterol 70mg 
Sodium 450mg 
Carbohydrate 27g 
   Dietary fiber <1g 
   Total sugars 8g 
   Added sugars 3g 
Protein 8g 
Vitamin A8 %DV
Vitamin C0 %DV
Calcium8 %DV
Iron8 %DV
Potassium2 %DV
Vitamin D2 %DV

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