It’s about to get real Midwest up in here!
Little smokies or, if we’re feeling bold – cocktail weenies – are or at least were a staple at all social gatherings that I attended growing up here in the Midwest. Christmas party ➡️ crock pot full of cocktail weenies. Church potluck ➡️ giant vat of little smokies. Graduation party ➡️ ok you get the idea. No meat-eating person I know can resist a tiny hotdog on a stick coated in bubbling BBQ sauce, right? I mean they’re too adorable to turn down!
That said, I honestly can’t tell you the last time I attended an event where cocktail weenies were also present. Not sure what’s up with that, but instead of bringing little smokies back, I’m trading them in for kielbasa y’all! Crock Pot Sweet Chili BBQ Kielbasa has all the deliciousness I remember about those irresistable little apps, but kicked up a few hundred notches thanks to spiking the BBQ sauce with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce. Each smokey, sweet, and slightly spicy bite of this crock pot appetizer recipe is tooooootally addicting but luckily, perfect for sharing.
My Mom always has a bunch of appetizers out on holidays to nibble on before the big meal – chips and guacamole, meats and cheeses, hummus and crudites, a pickle and olive platter – and now we’ve got Crock Pot Sweet Chili Kielbasa to add to the mix! This three, yes THREE, ingredient appetizer recipe is perfect to have bubbling on the countertop with a bowl of toothpicks nearby so everyone can snag a bite or 17 as they’re walking by.
This recipe is great for holidays and parties, but PERFECT for game day when you want a salty/spicy/sweet bite to eat in between plays that will compliment the cold drink in your hand. Game day, holidays, any day is a good day to get this seriously simple and mouthwatering gluten-free appetizer recipe ready!
Start by slicing 2, 13.5oz packages Johnsonville Polish kielbasa, or 1-3/4lb of your favorite kielbasa, into 1″ rounds then add to a 6 quart crock pot (a 4 or 5 quart slow cooker would work just fine too.) Ben thought it’d be a nice touch to slice the kielbasa on a deep diagonal so you get more sauce to keilbasa coverage, but you can do either!
Next, stir together 1 cup each sweet chili sauce and your favorite BBQ sauce then pour over the kielbasa and stir to combine. I like Grama’s Sweet Chili Sauce, Sky Valley Sweet Chili Sauce, Frank’s Sweet Chili Sauce, and A Taste of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, in that order. :) What can I say, I like sweet chili sauce!
Cover then cook the kielbasa on low for 3 hours, or on high for 1-1/2 – 2 hours, or until the kielbasa are hot, then remove the lid and let the sauce thicken up for 10-15 minutes before serving with toothpicks.
That’s all she wrote my friend – told you it doesn’t get easier than this recipe! Whether you serve this as a holiday nibble, game day app, or anything in between – enjoy!
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Crock Pot Sweet Chili BBQ Kielbasa
Crock Pot Sweet Chili BBQ Kielbasa is a 3 ingredient gluten-free appetizer recipe that couldn't be simpler. Perfect for parties and game day!
- 2-13.5oz packages or 1-3/4lb kilebasa (I used Johnsonville)
- 1 cup sweet chili sauce
- 1 cup bbq sauce
- Slice kielbasa into 1" rounds then add to a 6 quart crock pot (could use a 4 or 5 quart as well.) Whisk sweet chili sauce and bbq sauce together in a bowl then add to crock pot and stir to combine. Cook on low for 3 hours or high for 1-1/2 - 2 hours, or until hot. Let crock pot sit with the lid off for 10-15 minutes after cooking to help sauce thicken up a bit.
- This recipe can be easily doubled - increase cooking time by an hour or until kielbasa is hot.
This recipe is courtesy of Iowa Girl Eats, http://iowagirleats.com.