Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage

Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

Hi, Jenny from Honey and Birch again! Fall to me means pumpkin everything, and my favorite – football season! I am not one of those so-called “football widows” – you will find me watching the game with my husband or my girlfriends, cheering and yelling with the best of them.

My husband jokes around that part of the reason I love football so much is my obsession with tailgating appetizers… and he may be right. There is something about a table full of finger foods and dips that make me so happy. I love sampling each one and picking my favorites. Don’t even get me started on smorgasbords or potluck tailgating parties – how do you pick which of your favorite appetizer recipes to bring?

If you ever have this same dilemma, this recipe for slow cooker sweet spicy sausages is going to be your new favorite appetizer. It sure is mine! It is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be a football party favorite.

Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

Start by cooking the sauce in a small pot. Saute the garlic and then add the chili sauce and grape jelly. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently. If the jelly doesn’t completely melt at this time, it’s okay – it will finish melting when in the slow cooker. While the sauce is cooking, slice the smoked sausage (you can usually find it in the deli area of grocery stores near the hot dogs) into 1/2 inch pieces and put it in a 2-quart slow cooker.

Add the spices to the sauce, stir and then pour it over the sausage. Heat that in the slow cooker for 1 1/2 – 2 hours or until the sausage is hot and the sauce is bubbly.

Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

I like to flip the slow cooker to warm and serve these delicious sausage chunks from there, but it also works well if you put it in a serving bowl. Place a few toothpicks into some of the sausage chunks and then keep a small bowl of toothpicks some more nearby.

Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

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Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage
 
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Recipe type: appetizer
Ingredients
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ tablespoon minced garlic
  • 12 ounces chili sauce
  • 12 ounces grape jelly
  • ½ tablespoon crushed red pepper
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 32 ounces fully-cooked sausage, cut into ½-inch pieces
Instructions
  1. Pour the oil in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat. When the oil is hot, add the garlic and saute for 30 seconds. Then add the chili sauce and grape jelly and mix together. Cook for 10 minutes on medium heat, stirring frequently.
  2. Place the sausage in your slow cooker. Add the spices to the sauce mixture, stir and then pour it over the sausage. Cover and cook for 1½ - 2 hours on high, or until the sausage is hot and the sauce is bubbly. Stir once after 1 hour.

Looking for more appetizer recipes, perfect for tailgating? Try these!

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Our Slow Cooker Sweet Spicy Sausage is the perfect blend of sweet, spicy and smoky and is sure to be your new favorite appetizer!

Comments

  1. Tima says

    Hiiiiii. Making this delicious looking recipe tomorrow. I have all ingredients except chile sauce. What kind of chili sauce do you use? Thank you for sharing

    • Jenny says

      Hi Tina, I have never made this recipe with anything other than jelly – it may work but the consistency of jam is quite different from jelly so I can’t guarantee it will work. I will try with jam next time I make it and update here with my results.

  2. Rochelle says

    Amazing! I come from a family of 6 and most of them are picky eaters. My mom and I were worried that the rest of the family wouldn’t like it. Not only were we wrong, but there were none for leftovers. We served the sausage over rice and it was so easy and so good! Thanks for the recipe!

      • Jenny says

        Thanks for updating us! I’m so glad to hear your family liked them and I am definitely going to use jam next time too. Sounds fabulous.

  3. IFortuna says

    Looks great! Here is mine. I am sure it will be good with sausage too. Hot dogs cut into coins, saute in brandy and apricot jam. That’s it. Fast, easy, delicious. : )

  4. says

    I may be the only person who needed to be told this, but you have to REMOVE THE CASING before preparing the sausage. It’s no fun after it’s been sliced and cooked :-(

    I used strawberry jam and it came out fabulous.

  5. Moe says

    I have never removed the casing from the sausage. Does anyone else do that? The whole family is getting together in Gatlinburg, Tennessee in a big cabin for a week. I am going to make this for our poker night. Sounds very good.

  6. IFortuna says

    Looks Great! Here is mine that I invented in 1980:
    Package of hot dogs (We use natural)
    Apricot jam
    Brandy or sherry
    Chop hot dogs into coins, fry in fry pan, when a little browned add apricot jam, then add brandy, stir for a couple of minutes, toothpick the pieces and serve. They are quick and amazing.

  7. Karen says

    Do you think you could mix sausage and meatballs together in the same crockpot. I have found your recipes for both sausage and meatballs.

    • Jenny says

      Hi Karen! I think you could combine the two as long as you are using frozen meatballs. And that’s a great idea – I think I’m going to do that next time.

  8. Clothecat says

    Try mixing 6 oz jar of Frenchs mustard with 18 oz jar of Smuckers strawberry preserves. Just thin slice polish kabilish sausage or use Little Smokies and put in crock pot. It will not cover sausage. Sausage will cook down and be covered. Do high a couple of hours and turn down.

  9. Alanna says

    Delicious recipe. I used 3 different varieties of sausage. Kielbasa, smoked and little smokies. It was very tasty. I especially enjoyed the sweet and spicy flavor. I served it with potato salad and BBQ baked beans. I will definitely make this again. It is very easy to throw together and has great flavor. I found it on Pintrest. Thanks!

  10. Suzi says

    If I use a total of 5 pounds of meat (combination of kielbasa and little smokies), would it be adequate to double the sauce recipe?

    • Jenny says

      32 ounces of sausage is 2 pounds – if you can find larger jars of the chili sauce and grape jelly, I would use them because you may find that there isn’t enough sauce by simply doubling it.

  11. Jamie O. says

    Apple is a very common and complimentary BBQ flavor. I would like something like apple butter instead of grape would add a more authentic BBQ flavor.

    You can also add to the smokey flavor by using smoked spices. It is very easy to smoke things like cayenne, black pepper, white pepper or even salt. It adds another depth of flavor and is complimentary to the spice you smoke.

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