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BBQ Chicken & Smoked Sausage

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
  • 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


  • 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°.
  • 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.
  • 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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  • mccrearyk
    Feb 19, 2019

    We really enjoyed this. I added a little more BBQ sauce than the recipe called for. The chicken did not suffer from the dryness that so many slow cooker chicken recipes seem to have -- not sure if it was the sauce or just that the chicken was still on the bone, but the flavor held up well.

  • meaganteal
    May 13, 2018

    Very tender meat, but the sauce was lacking.

  • AllisonO
    Mar 14, 2018

    Overall, this was a delicious meal. The chicken thighs are fall-off-the-bone tender. The only criticism I have is that the sauce seems to lose a little of its "punch" in the cooking so you may need to pour a little sauce (the remaining sauce in the bottle) on top of the finished dish for added flavor.

  • browns19fan
    Aug 15, 2017

    This was great. I halved the recipe for the two of us, using only two thighs, which was plenty. I used my small, 2-1/2 quart slow cooker and served the meal directly from it because my husband didn't want to wait any longer after getting a whiff of his dinner. You'd better believe I'll be making this again!

  • Pillars
    Sep 23, 2010

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