December 14th, 2016

Slow Cooker Cherry BBQ Glazed Sausage Bites

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We have a long-standing Christmas Eve tradition at our house of serving a smorgasbord of appetizers for everyone to enjoy. And after trying these Slow Cooker Cherry Barbecue Glazed Sausage Bites, I think it’s safe to say they’ll be a new addition to our holiday tradition.

Slow Cooker Cherry BBQ Glazed Sausage Bites

This is the kind of holiday party food I absolutely love, because I just throw every thing in the slow cooker and walk away.

Which means I’m free to spend some quality time with friends and family. And everyone loves these sweet and smoky sausage bites, so it’s a win-win recipe for everyone!

This appetizer honestly couldn’t be easier. Just slice some smoked sausages and add them to your slow cooker along with a simple sauce, made from just a few ingredients. If you’re serving a really large crowd, this recipe is a cinch to double.

And since we’re right in the middle of football season, it’s probably worth pointing out that these sausage bites are also great for game day!

Slow Cooker Cherry BBQ Glazed Sausage Bites

I admit, I’ve never purchased cherry preserves at the grocery store before, so I wasn’t sure if they would be readily available, but they were right there next to all of the other jams and jellies.

I imagine you could substitute other preserves too, and they results would be equally delicious. I just love the pretty red color of this glaze for the holiday season.

These sausage bites were definitely a hit at my house, and I’m sure they’ll be a hit at any party or get-together, whether during the holidays, or any other time of year.

I hope you love them as much as we did!

Be sure to save this easy appetizer recipe to your favorite Pinterest board for later.

Slow Cooker Cherry BBQ Glazed Sausage Bites

Slow Cooker Cherry BBQ Glazed Sausage Bites

Preparation 15 min Cook Time 4 hr Total Time 4 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 cup cherry preserves
  • 1/4 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup red wine vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon finely chopped chipotle pepper in adobo (from a can)
  • 2 (14 oz.) smoked sausages, cut into 1-inch chunks


  1. In a slow cooker, whisk together the cherry preserves, ketchup, vinegar, brown sugar, cornstarch and chipotle pepper in adobo.
  2. Stir in sausage pieces until everything is well coated.
  3. Cover and cook on low for 4 hours. Serve immediately, or switch temperature to warm for an additional 1-2 hours.
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Who Dished It Up First: This is an original recipe.



  1. This looks amazing, but when do you add the chipotle peppers? It doesn’t say…


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