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BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage

Total Time

Prep: 30 min. Cook: 4 hours


8 servings

Updated: Dec. 20, 2022
My party-ready barbecue recipe works like a dream for 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
BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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


  1. Place first 5 ingredients in a 4- or 5-qt. slow cooker; top with barbecue sauce. Cook, covered, on low 4-5 hours or until chicken is tender and a thermometer inserted in chicken reads at least 170°-175°.
  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.
Health tip: Swap in smoked turkey sausage for the regular to lighten up this dish. Serve with skinny smashed potatoes and steamed green beans for a complete meal.

Nutrition Facts

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

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