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BBQ Smoked Sausage Bites

These BBQ Smoked Sausage Bites will have you and your guests going back to the serving platter again and again! This is kielbasa, andouille, and garlic apple sausage that’s been sliced, sauteed, and browned on a flat top, and then smoked on the Traeger with BBQ sauce.

Smoked Sausage Bites

These easy appetizers were such a hit! You will want to serve them at your next get together and make this recipe a tradition that everyone will request.

They are SO simple, but interesting and surprising in flavor with all of the different sausages melding together with the smokiness of the grill and finished with BBQ sauce. Anticipate seeing a lot of finger licking and napkins.

These Smoked Sausage Bites would be a wonderful appetizer to serve at just about any gathering. They are easy to eat if you provide toothpicks, they keep for long periods of time and don’t lose quality if they are over a warmer or in a crock pot. You can also make these a day or two in advance and then just reheat them when it is time to serve. 

More Easy Traeger Recipes here!

Where do I buy these sausages?

Most of our grocery stores carry kielbasa and andouille sausage now, which is great because it’s so nice to have a variety of choices when it comes to cooking. It used to be that smoked sausage or polish sausage were our only choices. Now, things have changed, tastes and flavors have broadened, and we are all reaping the benefits.

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If your local grocer does not offer any other varieties to choose from, visit your local butcher or meat shop,  as most of them have also gotten on the flavor train and offer up a myriad of sausages to choose from.

Once you’ve chosen your sausages, the rest of this recipe is a snap. 

Appetizer Recipes galore!

BBQ Sausage Bites Shopping List

The list is small and easy, which is a big reason why I LOVE this recipe so much. 

  • A variety of sausages
  • barbecue sauce

THAT IS IT. So easy, but the method and the magic happens on the flat top and in the pellet grill. You can’t get sausages like these out of a crock pot, that’s for sure!

What to serve with these smoked sausages?

I have many ideas for you right here. If you want a number of different appetizers to serve this is the place to be.

You could serve this array of appetizers as a meal, if you’d like. Definitely filling enough. If a few courses are on your menu plan, then just pick one or two appetizers and go from there.

If you need help choosing a main course, you need not look any further. I have many recipes to please every taste bud.

For soups:  

How about some Tortellini Soup with Italian Sausage? Or Beef Barley Soup with Prime Rib?

Main course:  

Try my Pellet Grill Pasties, or as long as the smoker is fired up you could try my Smoked Chicken Thighs. They have the crispiest skin, and the best flavor!


For an easy option try my No-Bake Raspberry Fluff Pie. For more comfort food to finish your meal and also make use of the pellet grill, try my Traeger Apple Crisp with a dollop of whipped cream or ice cream to top the whole thing off.

These Smoked Sausage Bites are quick and easy and delicious for whatever occasion you choose to serve them.  

Yield: 12 servings

Smoked Sausage Bites

Smoked Sausage Bites

Simple Smoked Sausage Bites feature a variety of sausages browned on a flat top or in a cast iron pan, and then smoked on a pellet grill with barbecue sauce.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 3 pounds smoked sausage, sliced
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 3 cups barbecue sauce


  1. Slice the sausages and heat a cast iron pan or a flat top griddle over high heat. Brush a thin coat of vegetable oil or cooking spray on the pan, and toss the sliced saucsage in.
  2. Brown for 3-5 minutes on both sides.
  3. Preheat your Traeger or other pellet grills to 350°. Place the browned sausages into a grill-safe container, and cover with barbecue sauce.
  4. Place onto the grill, uncovered, and grill for 30 minutes over indirect heat.
  5. Remove and serve with toothpicks to a hungry crowd.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 482Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 11gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 1663mgCarbohydrates: 30gFiber: 1gSugar: 25gProtein: 14g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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Nicole Johnson

Nicole Johnson, a self-taught expert in grilling and outdoor cooking, launched Or Whatever You Do in 2010. Her blog, renowned for its comprehensive and creative outdoor cooking recipes, has garnered a vast audience of millions. Nicole's hands-on experience and passion for grilling shine through her work. Her husband, Jeremiah Johnson, also plays a pivotal role in recipe development, adding his culinary flair to the mix. Together, they form a dynamic duo, offering a rich and varied outdoor cooking experience to their followers.

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