Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa Bites

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This delicious, sweet and spicy kielbasa bites recipe is a flavorful combination of kielbasa sausage, barbecue sauce and red pepper jelly, which is perfect for serving for parties, bringing to potlucks or eating as a main meal over rice. Becky, the author of The Cookie Rookie recipe blog came up with this dish to serve during football season, and it finds its place among tables of chicken wings, dips and pizza remarkably well. The kielbasa sausage is savoury and well spiced, while the red pepper jelly sweetens the overall taste of this kielbasa bites recipe. A hint of red pepper flakes takes the tastes of the glazed sausage up a notch. If you need recipes for dinner guests or simply an easy comfort meal during the week to serve with a green salad, this crockpot recipe is a perfect choice. Just make sure to serve the sausage along with toothpicks or cocktail forks for the perfect cocktail party snack.

Fragrant kielbasa finds its way into numerous dishes, and it is no wonder. Kielbasa is such a flavourful mixture of meat and spices that many find themselves craving it. Kielbasa is actually a widely varied sausage, with several kinds coming out of Poland. Kielbasa can be smoked or unsmoked, and include any kind of meat like beef, pork, chicken, turkey or lamb. The spices may vary too, with some kielbasa involving marjoram and garlic, and others having the strong addition of caraway seeds. In North America, the variety most often found is smoked with pork and beef. In the case of this sweet and spicy sausage recipe, you won’t go wrong if you use your favourite kind. The additions of honey and red pepper jelly turn this into a sweet and addictive mixture.

If you are on the search for easy dinner ideas, you can’t do better than this sausage recipe with its sweet and sticky sauce. As with many crock pot recipes, the ingredients are mixed in the bowl of a crockpot and cooked on low for several hours. There is no pre-cooking of any of the ingredients, which means you won’t have to mess up any other dishes besides the crockpot. The moisture from the sauce prevents the sausage from scorching, which means you can leave this all day even if you aren’t at home to check it. If you happen to forget to get your crock pot going in the morning, you can still make this sweet and spicy sausage recipe, though. Just combine everything in a large pot and cook until warmed through and the sauce is glossy. The stove version will be much faster than the crock pot recipe version and no less delicious, while the crock pot version is for convenience. If you are hosting a party, the crock pot is great, because it will leave your stove free for other uses.

Red pepper jelly is a sticky and sweet condiment that can be found in grocery stores and specialty stores, or you can use your home canned version in this dinner recipe. In its most natural form, it is a combination of sweet red peppers, sugar, vinegar and lemon juice, which is simmered until very thick. It is an excellent condiment to have in your pantry for party’s because it serves well with cheese and crackers. It is also the secret to how delicious this sausage recipe is because it adds body to the sauce while infusing a sweet and savoury sauce with loads of flavour. Thank you to Becky, the author of The Cookie Rookie recipe blog, for sharing her slow cooker sweet and spicy kielbasa bites recipe with us.

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