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.

 Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce in pan

It takes just 2 ingredients and less than 15 minutes to make this 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 so 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 on plate

About the Smoked Sausage

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 little more flavor.

About this Recipe

In this recipe, the slices of smoked sausage are browned on each side, then removed from the pan onto a paper towel-lined plate to remove any excess grease.

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

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce on fork

About Serving

Serve this quick and easy smoked sausage as a main dish.

Or, add a toothpick to each slice of sausage and serve them as an appetizer.

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)

HOW TO MAKE THIS RECIPE

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

For the Sausage:

Sliced Smoked Sausage on cutting board

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).

Browning the Sausage:

Sliced Smoked Sausage in skillet

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.

For the Barbecue Sauce:

Add BBQ Sauce on Smoked Sausage

To the pan add prepared barbecue sauce.

BBQ Sauce on Smoked Sausage in pan

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 in pan

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

For Serving:

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce on plate

Serve warm.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce on plate

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 on plate

Serve as a main dish or…

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce on plate

…add toothpicks to each slice of sausage and serve as an appetizer.

Smoked Sausage with BBQ Sauce on fork

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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.
5 from 7 votes

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 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.

Serving Suggestions

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

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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, oven-roasted steak fries and garlic bread.

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