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2.79 from 33 votes

Crock-Pot BBQ Cocktail Sausage

Smoked sausage in a sweet, tangy BBQ sauce that stays warm in your slow cooker for the duration of your gathering. A classic party snack that is a sure-fire crowd pleaser.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time4 hrs
Total Time4 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings: 12 servings
Calories: 373kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 (14 ounce) packages fully cooked smoked sausage sliced slightly on the diagonal
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil or just enough to coat bottom of skillet
  • 1 cup BBQ sauce
  • 1/2 cup chili sauce
  • 1/2 cup apricot jam

Instructions

  • Heat oil in a large skillet over high heat. Saute sausage in batches for just a minute or two until browned. Transfer browned sausage to a double layer of paper towels and blot away excess grease and then transfer to your slow cooker.
  • Whisk together the sauce ingredients and pour them over the sausage. Stir to combine. Cover and set slow cooker to LOW and cook for 3 to 4 hours or HIGH for 2 to 3 hours.
  • Keep the sausages in your slow cooker for the duration of your party to keep them warm. Serve with toothpicks.

Notes

To add some heat, substitute a spicy sausage (like andoullie) or use a spicy BBQ sauce. I like to use a combination of Kinder's Hot and Mild BBQ Sauce. Perfection!

Nutrition

Calories: 373kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 12g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 11g | Cholesterol: 70mg | Sodium: 1238mg | Potassium: 284mg | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin A: 130IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1.2mg