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Easy Skillet Smoked Sausage with Caramelized BBQ Sauce

A ridiculously good and simple main dish for dinner any night of the week, or add some toothpicks into the mix for a scrumptious appetizer.  Less than 15 minutes to make.

BBQ Smoked Sausage

It takes just 2 ingredients and less than 15 minutes to make this amazingly delicious main dish or appetizer.

All that’s needed is smoked sausage (precooked) and premade barbecue sauce with a flavor that’s more on the sweet side.

It’s the caramelization of the barbecue sauce just to the point where the sauce is somewhat sticky and thick, that really makes this taste sooo good.

I especially like the combination of the smoky flavor and a barbecue sauce that has some sweetness to it.

The caramelized sweet flavor of the barbecue sauce along with the smoky flavor of the sausage tastes heavenly together.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

And the caramelized barbecue sauce sticks nicely to the slices of smoked sausage so that each bite has sweet and smoky goodness.

Although I used turkey smoked sausage in this recipe, to my taste buds, the beef or pork (or combination of both) have a bit more flavor.

In this recipe the slices of smoked sausage are first browned on each side, then removed from the pan and transferred onto a paper towel-lined plate to remove as much grease as possible (the turkey smoked sausage doesn’t appear to have as much grease as the other meat types).

Then the sausage goes back into the pan and the barbecue sauce is then added and cooked until it’s caramelized and sticky.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

Serve this quick and easy smoked sausage as a main dish or an appetizer by adding toothpicks to each slice.

Here are some side dishes that taste wonderful with this BBQ smoked sausage;  mashed potatoes, buttery corn-off-the cob, easy potato salad, macaroni salad, coleslaw, grilled potato slices, baked herb and parmesan potato slices, oven-roasted steak fries, macaroni and cheese, and garlic bread.

Let’s check out the 2 ingredients:

BBQ Smoked Sausage Ingredients

Smoked sausage (turkey, beef or pork (or a combination of meat types), barbecue sauce (a BBQ sauce that’s more on the sweet side works nicely)

A printable recipe with the measurements and instructions is located at the bottom of this post.

Here’s how to make it.

Sliced Smoked Sausage

Cut the smoked sausage in widthwise slices that are a little thicker than 1/2-inch (between 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch wide).

Sliced Smoked Sausage

Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the sliced sausage.

Smoked Sausage in Pan

Using a spatula…

Smoked Sausage in Pan

…or a pair of cooking tongs, turn the sausage over as it cooks so that each side of the sausage will brown.

Smoked Sausages in Pan

Once the sausage is browned on both sides (about 5 minutes)

Smoked Sausage on Paper Towel

…turn the heat off of the pan and transfer the sausage onto a paper towel-lined plate.

Pat the sausages with a paper towel to remove any excess grease.

Smoked Sausage in Pan

Remove any excess grease left in the pan if needed.

Heat the same skillet on medium heat and add the browned slices of sausage back to the pan.

BBQ Sauce on Smoked Sausage

To the pan add prepared barbecue sauce.

BBQ Sauce on Smoked Sausage

Stir the sausages and BBQ sauce together until each slice is completely coated with the sauce.

BBQ Smoked Sausage in Pan

Continue stirring as the barbecue sauce gets thicker and caramelizes.

BBQ Smoked Sausage in Pan

The barbecue sauce should get sticky.

BBQ Smoked Sausage

As soon as the barbecue sauce is thick, caramelized and sticky (about 5 minutes), remove the pan from the heat.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

Serve while warm.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

When dishing up the sausages on serving plates, use a spatula to get all of the delicious caramelized sauce from the pan and add it to the plated sausages.

BBQ Smoked Sausage Meal

Serve as a main dish or add toothpicks to each slice of sausage and serve as an appetizer.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

If serving as a main dish, potatoes, rice and vegetables make delicious side dishes to serve with it.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

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Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce

Skillet Smoked Sausage with Caramelized BBQ Sauce

Skillet smoked sausage with caramelized sticky BBQ sauce makes a quick and easy delicious main dish or appetizer.
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Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 14 minutes
Course: Appetizer, Lunch, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Barbecue Sauce, BBQ, Smoked Sausage
Servings: 2 (2 to 3 servings)

Ingredients

  • 1 package (13 ounces) smoked sausage turkey, beef, pork, or a combination of meat types
  • 1/2 cup prepared barbecue sauce a barbecue sauce on the sweet side works nicely

Instructions

  • Cut the smoked sausage in widthwise slices that are a little thicker than 1/2-inch (between 1/2-inch and 3/4-inch wide).
  • Heat a large skillet on medium heat and add the sliced sausage.
  • Using a spatula or a pair of cooking tongs, turn the sausage over as it cooks so that each side of the sausage will brown.
  • Once the sausage is browned on both sides (about 5 minutes) turn the heat off of the pan and transfer the sausage onto a paper towel-lined plate. Pat the sausages with a paper towel to remove any excess grease.
  • Remove any excess grease left in the pan if needed. Heat the same skillet on medium heat and add the browned slices of sausage back to the pan.
  • To the pan, add prepared barbecue sauce. Stir the sausages and BBQ sauce together until each slice is completely coated with the sauce.
  • Continue stirring as the barbecue sauce gets thicker and caramelizes. The barbecue sauce should get sticky.
  • As soon as the barbecue sauce is thick, caramelized and sticky (about 5 minutes), remove the pan from the heat.
  • Serve while warm. When dishing up the sausages on serving plates, use a spatula to get all of the delicious caramelized sauce from the pan and add it to the plated sausages.
  • Serve as a main dish or add toothpicks to each slice of sausage and serve as an appetizer.
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