Slow Cooker Brown Sugar Kielbasa Bites

Here’s a “non-recipe” recipe that’s so straightforward and delicious, it’s more of a fantastic party suggestion. With minimal effort and just a handful of ingredients, you can create a mouthwatering appetizer that your guests won’t be able to resist. These Kielbasa Bites, simmered in a sticky-sweet sauce, offer the perfect balance of sweetness and smokiness, making them an ideal snack for any gathering.


2 lbs Kielbasa, sliced into bite-sized pieces

3/4 cup cola

1 cup brown sugar

Optional: 1/2 teaspoon chili powder for a subtle kick


Slow Cooker Method:

Add the kielbasa, cola, brown sugar, and optional chili powder to a 3-quart slow cooker.

Stir the ingredients to ensure they’re well combined.

Cover and cook on low for 6 hours or on high for 3 hours, stirring occasionally.

The slow cooker not only cooks these bites to perfection but also keeps them warm and at the ideal consistency for serving.

Stovetop Method:

If you prefer the stovetop, combine all the ingredients in a medium saucepan.

Simmer over medium heat for 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce is sticky and the kielbasa is well-coated.

This dish is like a sophisticated version of cocktail weenies, offering that same sweet and smoky allure but with an added flair. They’re so simple to prepare that it almost feels like they make themselves. The only challenge you might face is keeping your guests from crowding around the bowl! Serve these warm and watch them disappear – they’re sure to be a hit at your next party.

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