Sweet and Spicy Kielbasa is also great cut into larger pieces and served as a main dish. Kielbasa is a wonderful sausage that is almost always sold smoked and precooked, so it's ready to use right out of the package. If you'd like to get to know more about sausages, see my chart on All About Sausages.
This simple three ingredient slow cooker recipe is perfect for an appetizer. Serve it with little toothpicks or forks so people can nibble on the sweet and spicy chunks. You can also serve this as a man course if you cut the sausage into larger pieces.
Kielbasa is often made and sold in a ring form, but you can sometimes find them in links. The shape has no effect on the flavor or texture, but it does affect presentation.
The spiciness of this dish will depend on the type of mustard you use. There are so many wonderful kinds of mustards on the market now. My personal favorite is a type I find at my local coop that is made with fire roasted garlic. That mustard has a real kick! If you can't find that, Stonewall Kitchen Roasted Garlic Mustard is a great choice; you can buy it on Amazon.com. But if you want a milder dish, use a honey mustard, plain good old American yellow mustard, or Dijon mustard. It's worth it to take some time to browse the condiments aisle of your supermarket to find different kinds of mustard.
You could certainly add other ingredients to this recipe. Some chopped onion would be good, but since the recipe is really just heated in the slow cooker, think about sautéing it before you add to to the sausage, sugar, and mustard. You could also add potatoes and baby carrots for a one dish meal. In that case, serve it with some pasta or brown rice and a nice green salad.
Finally, this recipe can easily be made on the stovetop. Just brown the sausages, then add the brown sugar and mustard and heat over low heat until the sausages are glazed.
- 1 cup brown sugar
- 1/4 cup spicy mustard
- 2 pounds smoked fully cooked kielbasa, cut into 1" pieces
Combine the brown sugar and the mustard in a 3 to 4 quart crockpot; add the kielbasa, and stir to evenly coat the sausage with the other ingredients.
Cover the crockpot and cook the sausage mixture on low heat for 2-1/2 to 3 hours, stirring occasionally, until the kielbasa is thoroughly heated to 165°F and is glazed with the brown sugar mixture. Serve this recipe immediately, or turn the slow cooker to "keep warm" and hold it for two to three hours.