Asian Barbecue Sausage Bites – you’ll love these delicious, saucy sausage bites made with cooked smoked sausage and chunks of fresh pineapple! They’re so flavorful and perfect for game day or as an appetizer for your special events!
Looking for a fun, super easy appetizer to serve for the big game coming up? These Asian Barbecue Sausage Bites are an all-time favorite and I bet your guests will love them too!
This recipe is a riff on my family’s favorite shish kebobs that I’ve been making for years. The shish kebobs are just stacked sausage, pineapple and red onions, coated with barbecue sauce.
For the appetizers, I made a fresh Asian barbecue sauce to go with them, but you can use your favorite bottled sauce too! Just choose a tangy, sugar based sauce that will thicken and caramelize under heat. These tasty bites are equally delish with my homemade Korean Barbecue Sauce, and for little less spice, my homemade Family Recipe Barbecue Sauce.
Did I mention already that these are simple to make? The only real “cooking” for this recipe is the sauce. The sausage and pineapple are literally just being heated in the oven, allowing the sauce to caramelize and the sausage and pineapple to brown.
HOW TO MAKE ASIAN BARBECUE SAUSAGE BITES
These apps are quick and easy to make, not to mention delicious. You can change the flavor each time you make them by trying different sauces!
Start by preheating the oven to 375 F. To make clean-up easy, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper. Prep the sausage link by cutting it into 1/2-inch thick slices. Then lay the link slices in a single layer on the baking sheet and top each with a chunk of pineapple.
Now you are ready for the sauce. The first time I made these I was living in Seattle and used a bottled Hawaiian barbecue sauce. Since then, I think I have tried just about every sauce I can find on these easy appetizers and this Asian sauce is an all-time favorite.
To make the sauce, add all of the sauce ingredients to a small pot. Keep stirring while you cook so that sauce doesn’t start to stick to the bottom. Cook over medium-high heat until the sauce just starts to boil. Then reduce the heat to medium and simmer 3 – 4 minutes until the onion are tender. Remove the pan from heat.
Use a silicone brush to coat the sausage and pineapple. Place the pan on center rack of the oven and bake the appetizers for 10 minutes. Remove the pan from the oven, brush the sausage and pineapple again with sauce and place the pan back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
The appetizers are done when the pineapple is starting to turn golden brown and the sausage is crisping around the edges. At this point, the sauce should be caramelized. Watch the oven on the final 10 minutes to make sure the sauce is not burning.
Place the bites on a serving platter and secure each with a food pick. Sprinkle additional green onion slices over the top. Serve any of the remaining sauce on the side.
HOW TO STORE SMOKED SAUSAGE APPETIZERS
Store any leftovers (though you probably won’t have any) in the refrigerator, tightly covered, for up to 3 days. The Asian barbecue sauce can be stored in an airtight container, in the refrigerator, for up to 1 week.
ASIAN BARBECUE SAUSAGE BITES
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- 1 pound smoked sausage
- 2 cups pineapple chunks, fresh or frozen bite-size pieces
- Preheat oven to 375°F. Line rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper.
- Cut sausage link into 1/2-inch slices. Place in a single layer on baking sheet and top each with a chunk of pineapple.
- In a small saucepan, add all of the sauce ingredients. While stirring, cook over medium-high heat until mixture just starts to boil. Reduce heat and simmer 3 – 4 minutes until onion are tender. Remove pan from heat.
- Brush sauce all over sausage and pineapple. Place pan on center rack of oven and bake for 10 minutes. Remove pan from the oven, brush sausage and pineapple again with sauce and place back in the oven for another 10 minutes.
- Appetizers are done when the pineapple and sausage are starting to brown and the final layer of sauce is caramelized. Place on a serving platter, secure each bite with a food pick,sprinkle with additional green onion slices. Serve with remaining sauce on the side.
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