Slow-Cooker Bourbon Cocktail Sausages

I wasn’t going to post these slow-cooker bourbon cocktail sausages when I first started making them because I thought, well, like the world needs to see yet another cocktail sausage recipe. But after making them, and watching them disappear in no time at a family get-together, I decided I just had to share. They’re very, very simple, yet very, very delicious. I actually left out the bourbon and was still left with a (just slightly) spicy sauce that was wonderful with the smoked sausage slices.
I sliced smoked sausage for these slow cooker bourbon cocktail sausages, but I think you could just as easily add Lit’l Smokies cocktail links. Just make sure you let everything get happy in the slow cooker for the full 3 hours. The sauce will flavor the sausages over time, so give them time.

Also try my sweet-and-sassy slow cooker appetizer meatballs.

Slow-Cooker Bourbon Cocktail Sausages
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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Serves: 8-10 servings
  • 1 pound smoked sausage, cut diagonally into 1/2" slices
  • 1 (12 ounce) bottle chili sauce
  • 1/3 cup bourbon (optional)
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons grated white onion
  • Red pepper flake or hot sauce, to taste (optional)
  1. Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain well.
  2. Combine the chili sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, onion and red pepper flake or hot sauce in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  3. Add the sausage and stir.
  4. Cook on low for 3 hours.

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