Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs

Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs @ NancyCThis recipe is all about simple! I’m not sure exactly how I first came across it—maybe from Pinterest, but it’s originally from Better Homes & Gardens. It sounded so good and super-easy to make. I’ve made similar recipes that just use barbeque sauce, so the addition of plum jam in the sauce sounded like a nice variation.

For this recipe, you use those big smoked sausage links and cut them into bite-size pieces. And you mix the sausage, along with some pre-made frozen meatballs (thawed), in the plum jam-barbeque sauce mixture and cook in your slow cooker–and the result is a super-yummy appetizer or party snack that is hard to stop eating! 🙂 If you want to add a little zing to the sauce, you can add some chopped jalapeno, too. I thought I’d try making this recipe a little lighter by using smoked turkey sausage and turkey meatballs—I thought the smoked turkey sausage was great in this, but didn’t care for the turkey meatballs—their flavor just wasn’t that great. So, stick with beef meatballs for this! OR, you can make it with all sausage or all meatballs, 32-ounces total, but I think the combination of sausage and meatballs is nice!

Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs

  • Servings: 16
  • Difficulty: easy
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SAUCY PLUM SAUSAGE AND MEATBALLS by NancyC, adapted from Better Homes & Gardens                                                                         Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs @ NancyC

Makes about 16 servings

  • 1 (10-ounce) jar plum jam or preserves
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbeque sauce (1 2/3 cups)
  • 1 (16-ounce) link cooked smoked sausage, cut into bite-size pieces (I used smoked turkey sausage)
  • 1 (16-ounce) package frozen cooked meatballs, thawed (about 16-18 meatballs, depending on size-beef meatballs work better than turkey meatballs in this recipe!)
  • Optional: 1 Tablespoon finely chopped jalapeno (seeds removed)

In a 3 1/2 or 4-quart slow cooker, combine the jam and barbeque sauce. Add the sausage and thawed meatballs, stirring to coat with sauce.

Cover and cook on LOW for 5 to 6 hours or on HIGH for 2 1/2 to 3 hours. Serve with toothpicks–use decorative ones if you’re serving this at a party or special get-together. To serve at a buffet, keep warm on LOW setting for up to 2 hours.

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I love snack and party foods like this that are so simple! What’s your favorite easy-to-make appetizer?

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31 thoughts on “Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs

  1. Jess

    Meatballs are my FAVORITE party food Nancy- I can never eat too many of them. Needless to say, I’ll be hogging these at the party. Great recipe and pic 🙂


  2. Nancy

    I bet the blend of BBQ sauce with the sweetened plum preserves is fabulous! I’ve had a variation of this over the years, but only with meatballs. I love the addition of sausage as well. Delicious! [Thanks for sharing your comments on turkey vs beef meatballs, too. I will keep that in mind when trying this out!]


  3. Nancy

    Oh my, Nancy…please correct my error in calling you Julianna. I profusely apologize!! Just so wrapped up in all the fiesta Friday visits, I forgot where I was! :-/


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  5. Michelle

    This is definitely going on my list to make, sounds so yummy and I can do it in the crockpot? Perfect! The plum in it makes me think of the hunger games (and probably won’t make anyone else thing of it unless they read it as much as I do!!) so that’s always a bonus!


    1. nancyc Post author

      Yes, I love these easy crockpot recipes, too and the plum jam gives it a great flavor–hope you like it, Michelle! 🙂


  6. Stacey Bender

    Hey Nancy, these do look good; I bet cooking in some fresh figs would also be a nice addition. Love your striped cloth sporting the promise if fiestas and summer. Thanks for joining us, you will need a cocktail to wash those down.


  7. Miz Helen

    We will love your Saucy Plum Sausage and Meatballs, great appetizer! Have a wonderful Memorial Day Weekend and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday.
    Be safe and come back soon!
    Miz Helen


  8. FrugalHausfrau

    This looks like a crowd pleaser for sure! Interesting about the turkey meatballs. I’ve used turkey sausage in jambalaya and didn’t care so much for it, but never used turkey meatballs. Anyway, good to know.

    Thanks for sharing at Fiesta Friday!!



    1. nancyc Post author

      Maybe it was the brand I bought, but I was disappointed in those turkey meatballs! And I like turkey burgers! Maybe homemade turkey meatballs are the way to go!

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