Slow-Cooker Bourbon Cocktail Sausages

I wasn’t going to post these slow-cooker bourbon cocktail sausages when I first made them. I didn’t think that the world needed another cocktail sausage recipe. But after making them, and watching them disappear at a family get-together, I decided I just had to share.

Slow-cooker bourbon cocktail sausages are 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.
Slow-Cooker Bourbon Cocktail SausagesI used sliced smoked sausage when I made these slow cooker bourbon cocktail sausages, but you could just as easily add Lit’l Smokies cocktail links. 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

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 8 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)


  • Brown the sausage in a skillet over medium-high heat. Drain well.
  • Combine the chili sauce, bourbon, brown sugar, onion and red pepper flake or hot sauce in the bottom of a slow cooker.
  • Add the sausage and stir.
  • Cook on low for 3 hours.

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