This 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 use all sausage or all meatballs, 32-ounces total, but I think the combination of sausage and meatballs is nice!
SAUCY PLUM SAUSAGE AND MEATBALLS by NancyC, adapted from Better Homes and Gardens
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.
I love snack and party foods like this that are so simple! What’s your favorite easy-to-make appetizer?