These aren't the same ol' boring party sausages in the crockpot, this BBQ smoke sausage gets broiled to perfection and broiled again to transform the sauce into a sticky jam. It is quicker than the slow cooker, and tastes one hundred times better!
How to broil sausage
These sausage bites are best broiled because broiling blisters and sears the exterior, adding a lot more flavor and texture. I recommend first lining your baking sheet with foil for easy cleanup, then spread the sliced smoked sausage evenly across the pan.
You want the baking rack on the highest position, then set the broiler to high heat. The sausage should broil for about 9 minutes. However, this can vary depending on the intensity of your broiling element, so be sure to watch it closely. If you see them burning, pull them out... common sense, right? You got this!
Painting them in barbeque sauce makes them taste good, but if you take the time to go one more step you will transform this easy appetizer into something phenomenal! Broil the sausage bites again after tossing in your favorite BBQ sauce. This will thicken the sauce, transforming it into an incredibly addicting stick jam. Since bbq sauces are high in sugar, this will only take a few minutes.
Best Smoked Sausage
A traditional beef smoked sausage is best for this recipe, but pork works equally well. If you are looking to save calories feel free to use one of the leaner options like turkey sausage. If your store is out of smoked sausage, or you are looking to try something different, a keilbasa sausage would work too.
Customize this recipe
This recipe was inspired by the cocktail weeny appetizer, but I like smoked sausage because it is more substantial and has better texture. I also added peppers and onions because sausage, peppers, and onions is a classic combination. However, you can remove the vegetables from the recipe if desired. Or, better yet, swap in spicier peppers for an added kick!
BBQ Smoked Sausage
- 14 ounce smoked sausage
- ½ cup BBQ sauce
- ½ medium sweet onion
- 1 medium red bell pepper
- Preheat broiler to high heat.
- Slice sausage into 1" inch bites, and chop onion and peppers into similarly 1" sized pieces.
- Place sausage, peppers, and onions on a baking pan lined with foil and place on the top oven rack. Let broil for 9 minutes or until the sausage starts to burn.
- Remove from oven and place sausage, peppers, and onion in a large bowl and toss with BBQ sauce.
- Pour back onto the baking pan and broil again for 4 minutes, or until the BBQ sauce threatens to burn.
- Remove from the oven and serve.