BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage Recipe
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BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage Recipe

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My party-ready barbecue recipe works great on weeknights, too. With just a few minutes of prep time, you still get that low-and-slow flavor everybody craves (thanks, slow cooker!). Throw in minced jalapenos for extra oomph. —Kimberly Young, Mesquite, Texas
Recommended: 52 Date Night Dinners
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES:8 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours
MAKES: 8 servings


  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 1 large sweet red pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin removed
  • 4 chicken drumsticks, skin removed
  • 1 package (12 ounces) smoked sausage links, cut into 1-inch pieces
  • 1 cup barbecue sauce
  • Sliced seeded jalapeno pepper, optional

Nutritional Facts

1 serving: 331 calories, 18g fat (6g saturated fat), 91mg cholesterol, 840mg sodium, 17g carbohydrate (13g sugars, 1g fiber), 24g protein.


  1. Place first five ingredients in a 4 or 5-qt. slow cooker; top with barbecue sauce. Cook, covered, on low until chicken is tender and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads at least 170°-175°, 4-5 hours.
  2. Remove chicken, sausage and vegetables from slow cooker; keep warm. Transfer cooking juices to a saucepan; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, until thickened, 15-20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Serve chicken, sausage and vegetables with sauce. If desired, top with jalapeno. Yield: 8 servings.
Health Tip: Swap smoked turkey sausage for regular to lighten up this dish. Serve with skinny smashed potatoes and steamed green beans for a complete meal.
Originally published as BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage in Simple & Delicious June/July 2017

Blush Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a blush wine such as White Zinfandel or a Rosé.

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