This Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites post is sponsored by Eckrich Smoked Sausage.
We go to a lot of potlucks. Twice a month, our community has bingo and trivia. You bring what you want to drink and a snack to share.
Many people bring bagged chips or store-bought cupcakes because they’re easy. I started making treats and now, as I walk in, people ask what I’ve made. So, each time, I feel the need to one up myself and bring something new, but there isn’t always time to create a masterpiece.
That’s how these Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites were created.
I based them off of a sauce that I make for meatballs. I make that one on the stove when I’m cooking them for dinner. For a potluck, though, I sometimes don’t have the time to watch something on the stove. That’s why a slow cooker is great. You can put everything in the slow cooker and let it cook itself. When you’re ready to leave for your potluck, it’s ready too.
What’s great too is that the Eckrich Smoked Sausage is naturally hardwood smoked and has a rich, savory taste. That means you don’t need to add a ton of seasoning when you’re using it.
It comes in a variety of flavors and forms, including rope and links, so you can use it in any of your favorite meals that call for sausage and for any meal occasion. All you need is some Eckrich and whatever’s in your cupboard to make a delicious meal.
Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites
Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites Ingredients:
- 1 package Eckrich Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage Rope
- 1 cup red pepper jelly
- 1 cup original BBQ sauce
- 2 tablespoons chili paste
How To Make Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites:
Put the red pepper jelly (you can find this in your store’s jelly aisle), BBQ sauce, and chili paste into the bottom of your slow cooker. Stir it together to combine it.
Slice the Eckrich Smoked Sausage Rope into 1/2 inch slices.
Put the sausage slices into the slow cooker and stir to combine the sausage and the sauce. Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours (or high for 2 to 3 hours if you’re pressed for time).
While you cook, the sauce will liquefy a bit. You can save that after and use it as a pasta sauce, instead of a marinara sauce, if you want.
The slow cooker that we have is actually transportable. It has latches that lock on the sides so you can put the entire slow cooker in the car without worrying that it will open and spill your contents all over. It’s perfect for potlucks. We can just transport these Slow Cooker BBQ Sausage Bites in the slow cooker and keep them warm all potluck long.
I prefer to use the Eckrich Original Natural Casing Smoked Sausage Rope in this recipe because the naturally hardwood smoked sausage adds a rich, savory taste to the BBQ jelly sauce. All the flavors get a chance to be tasted.
Eckrich does have other varieties, like the Cheddar, Bacon & Cheddar, 4 Pepper, Jalapeño Cheddar, Beef, Chicken, and more. Be sure to head over to check out all that Eckrich has to offer.