Monday, December 5, 2011

December 5, 2011: Lil Smokies in Barbecue Sauce

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This is an old favorite recipe for serving at holiday parties because it’s quick and easy to make while being quite popular with guests. Sometimes, however, I prefer to serve it as a main dish for my husband and I (it makes a little bit more than the two of us can eat but it’s great for a leftovers lunch the next day). Although it may sound strange to add jelly to the sauce, try it before you knock it; it’s quite yummy!

Lil Smokies in Barbecue Sauce

¼ cup finely minced white or yellow onion
1 one-pound package Lil Smokies (Hillshire Farm brand, for instance) sausage
½ cup ketchup
2 T. corn syrup
1 T. prepared yellow mustard
1 t. chili powder
½ t. ground cumin
2 T. grape jelly (or seedless jam, such as blackberry)
1 t. Tabasco sauce
1 t. Worcestershire sauce

In a small crockpot, add minced onions and turn heat to high. Allow onions to cook for a few minutes, until they begin to soften. Add remaining ingredients and turn heat to low. Simmer for an hour or so, until heated through and the flavors have been allowed to meld. Taste and adjust sauce as necessary.

Serves 3 – 4 as main dish, 8 as appetizer

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