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.
This easy recipe is quicker than the slow cooker, and really packs the best flavor! This easy appetizer is perfect for any party, or as a delicious meal the whole family will enjoy.
What is it?
This BBQ smoked sausage recipe was inspired by the popular cocktail weeny appetizer. These sausage bites are coated in sticky barbecue sauce and tossed with peppers and onions (because sausage, peppers, and onions are a classic combination!). Finally, it is broiled under direct heat to greatly improve the taste and texture.
Ingredients & Substitutions
- Smoked sausage - A traditional beef smoked sausage is the best smoked sausage for this recipe, but pork works well too. If you are looking to save calories feel free to use one of the leaner options like turkey sausage or chicken sausage. If your store is out of smoked sausage, or you are looking to try another type of sausage, a Polish sausage like kielbasa can be substituted but will lack some smoky flavor.
- BBQ Sauce - Homemade barbecue sauce, or your favorite brand from the grocery store is fine.
- Sweet onion - A yellow onion or red onion can be substituted.
- Red bell pepper - You can substitute any other bell pepper.
How to make it
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 aluminum foil for easy cleanup, then spread the sliced sausage evenly across the pan.
You want the baking rack in the highest position, then set the broiler to high heat. The sausage should broil for about 9 minutes. However, the cooking time will 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?
For best results, broil the sausage bites again after tossing in your favorite BBQ sauce with the peppers and onions. Broiling 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. Watch it carefully to avoid burning the sauce!
Storing and reheating leftovers
Leftover barbecue smoked sausage can be stored in your refrigerator in an airtight container, or covered in plastic wrap, for up to one week. Reheat leftover bbq sausages in a microwave until warmed though.
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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 sausages, peppers, and onion in a large bowl and toss with BBQ sauce.
- Pour the mixture 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.
This was originally published on September 23, 2020.