Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipe Sweet & Spicy Sausage

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This Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipe for Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage is perfect for game day, family gatherings or an easy dinner!  Load up your slow cooker with Butterball Turkey Sausage, barbecue sauce, apricot jam and hot sauce for an easy appetizer or meal.

Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage. A simple and delicious gameday appetizer made in your crockpot!

I love appetizers more than any meal.  Snackable little bites are so fun to eat and perfect for any occasion.

Whether you need a tailgating slow cooker recipe or a quick weeknight meal, this Butterball Turkey Sausage slathered in sauce will be a guaranteed crowd pleaser.  Forget the version that uses grape jelly.  This sauce made with apricot jam is to die for!

This Slow Cooker Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage works for dinner too.  Just serve the flavorful sausage over rice with a vegetable on the side and dinner is done!

Slow Cooker Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage. A simple and delicious gameday appetizer made in your crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage. A simple and delicious gameday appetizer made in your crockpot!

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Slow Cooker Recipe Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage
Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipe: Sweet & Spicy Bbq Sausage
Author: WonkyWonderful
  • 2 Packages Butterball Hardwood Smoked Turkey Sausage cut into 1½ inch pieces
  • Cups Barbecue Sauce
  • 1 Cup Apricot Jam
  • 2 teaspoons Sriracha Hot Sauce for mild 3-4 tsp for spicy
  • 1/4 Cup Water
  1. Combine all ingredients in slow cooker. Cook on low 5-6 hours. Increase heat to high the last 30 minutes. (or cook on high 3-4 hours)
  2. Stir every hour while cooking to rotate sausages from top to bottom.
Slow Cooker Recipe - Sweet and Spicy Bbq Sausage. A simple and delicious gameday appetizer made in your crockpot!


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  1. You’re right… these are perfect for game day!

  2. Love this simple and easy app idea! That glaze looks amazing!!

  3. Ohhh, YES! The perfect little party appetizer!

  4. These look like the perfect party treat!

  5. I had no idea Butterball made so many products! I just added these to my grocery list, as your recipe is mouth watering1

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks Amanda! The Butterball Sausage is a nice alternative to the beef sausages. Enjoy!

  6. Perfect football food!

  7. Perfect for game day! And I love the kick of sriracha in there.

    • Nicole Harris says:

      Thanks! I would even add more sriracha if I could. But I wanted the kiddos to eat it too 🙂

  8. Perfectly simple. And I gotta love that sriracha!!

  9. These look wonderful! Perfect game-day appetizer!

  10. Oh my goodness – I could eat a whole bowl of this!

  11. Perfect for game day! I’m loving that sauce!

  12. My guys would love these and I love that you make them in the crockpot!

  13. These would be so good this football season! Love the creativity!

  14. I had no idea butterball made sausage! Love the sweet and spicy combo you have going on here – my husband would love this!

  15. this will make an easy addition to tailgate times!

  16. Todd Neill says:

    I’m crockpotting this now for the Blackhawks game….look forward to power graising it!!!!

  17. I_Fortuna says:

    Great recipe. This is also great using Oscar Meyer Select hot dogs (no nitrates or nitrites). When I make them, I don’t use the BBQ sauce but I use apricot jam and a splash of cognac or any brandy. They are delicious as well.

  18. What kind of BBQ sauce did you use?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I usually use either Sweet Baby Ray’s or KC Masterpiece. I think I used Sweet Baby Ray’s for this recipe. Enjoy!

  19. Nadine says:

    Hi Nicole,
    Can little smokies be used in this recipe or will it mess up the flavor since they aren’t turkey? Thanks,

  20. Karla says:

    How many people does this recipe serve?

    • Nicole Harris says:

      I suppose it depends on how hungry everyone is but it should serve 10-12 🙂

  21. I like Slow Cooker Appetizer Recipe Sweet & Spicy Sausage I am so excited to try these recipes. I have wrote down a bunch and bookmarked your page just incase I lose the pages!! It all looks so good.

  22. I love your recipes, the pictures to go along with the step by step instructions are great.

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