Slow Cooker Kielbasa [VIDEO]

Catalina Castravet
By Catalina Castravet

Slow Cooker Kielbasa is a great appetizer for parties, game days and celebrations. It can also make a delicious dinner when served over rice or noodles. Made with brown sugar, orange marmalade, bbq sauce, and orange juice, this kielbasa is juicy and full of flavor.

We love slow cooker recipes, because we usually add all the ingredients to it, and leave it for hours to do its magic. It is handy and convenient, and it will turn the regular kielbasa into a real treat. If you love cooking using your crockpot, we recommend you also try  Slow Cooker White Turkey ChiliSlow Cooker Baked Potato Soup. and Slow Cooker Short Ribs.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa

Easy Crockpot Kielbasa

Slow Cooker Kielbasa will quickly become your favorite appetizer. Making this recipe in the slow cooker really has its benefits. First, it makes the kielbasa very tender and juicy. Also, by slowly cooking in the brown sugar and barbecue sauce mixture, it elevates the flavors quite a bit. And of course, it’s super easy and simple. All you have to do is add the ingredients to the slow cooker and let it work its magic.

The dish is incredibly tender and perfect for busy families. Kielbasa bites are perfect as an appetizer but are also great as a main dish. You could serve the slow cooker kielbasa over mashed potatoes, rice, noodles, or even with a salad on the side. And if you’re wondering, leftovers taste just as good the next day.

What is “Kielbasa”?

Kielbasa is Polish for sausage and usually comes as fresh or smoked, and is mostly made of pork, but occasionally it may also contain beef.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa

Is kielbasa already cooked?

As a general rule, the store-bought Polish kielbasa comes already cooked and only needs to be heated before serving, making it is safe to eat it right away as well.

How long does it take to cook kielbasa in a crockpot?

For best results, cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours, or high for 2 to 3 hours, or until kielbasa bites are heated through.

Kielbasa substitutions:

  • Smoked sausage of your choice
  • Mini Smokies
  • Hot dogs

What do you need to make the Slow Cooker Kielbasa?

  • 2 to 3 lbs kielbasa
  • 1 1/2 cups barbecue sauce
  • 1 cup orange marmalade
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 cup orange juice
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika

How to make the perfect Slow Cooker Kielbasa?

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Then, cut kielbasa into 2-inch size pieces and add to the slow cooker.
  3. Next, in a medium bowl add all the “Sauce Ingredients” and stir until fully combined.
  4. After that, add to the slow cooker, pouring over the kielbasa
  5. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. If you prefer a thicker sauce, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add the mixture to the slow cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Stir to combine.
  7. Once cooked, stir again to coat the kielbasa well in the sauce and serve.

Slow Cooker Kielbasa

HOW TO STORE THE SLOW COOKER KIELBASA?

Store the Slow Cooker Kielbasa after cooking in a large airtight container in the fridge. Make sure that the kielbasa is at least partially covered by the sauce so it doesn’t dry out. Reheat before serving.

CAN YOU FREEZE it?

Yes, and I recommend using quart bags for this. Make sure the sauce and kielbasa have fully cooled. Use a cup to transfer the sauce from the pot into the bag. Squeeze out excess air and seal the bags.

The bags can be nicely stored in the freezer for up to 3 months. When you decide to serve it, thaw and add it back to the slow cooker, or to a large pot on the stove pot. Heat for 10-15 minutes, or until the sauce is warmed up.

Tools Used To Make This Recipe:

  • Slow Cooker – I love this slow cooker, while it’s more expensive, you can brown the food directly into it, so that saves you time.

Watch Step-by-step video:

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Slow Cooker Kielbasa
Author: Catalina Castravet Serves: 8 servings
Prep time: 10 minutes Cook time: 4 hours Total time: 4 hrs 10 mins

Ingredients

  • 2 to 3 lbs  kielbasa  (cut into 2 inch pieces)

Sauce Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups  barbecue sauce 
  • 1 cup  orange marmalade 
  • 2 tablespoons  Worcestershire sauce 
  • 1 cup  orange juice 
  • 1/3 cup  brown sugar 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  garlic powder 
  • 1/2 teaspoon  onion powder 
  • 1 teaspoon  smoked paprika 

Cornstarch Mix:

  • 2 tablespoons  cornstarch 
  • 4 tablespoons  water 

Instructions

  1. Spray slow cooker with cooking spray.
  2. Cut kielbasa into 2 inch size pieces and add to the slow cooker.
  3. In a medium bowl add all the "Sauce Ingredients" and stir until fully combined.
  4. Add to the slow cooker, pouring over the kielbasa
  5. Cover and cook on low for 4 to 6 hours or high for 2 to 3 hours.
  6. In you prefer a thicker sauce, mix cornstarch and water in a small bowl until cornstarch is fully dissolved. Add the mixture to the slow cooker during the last 30 minutes of cooking. Stir to combine.
  7. Once cooked, stir again to coat the kielbasa well in the sauce and serve.
Calories: 146 Carbohydrates: 35 Protein: 0 Fat: 0 Saturated Fat: 0 Cholesterol: 0 Sodium: 595 Potassium: 238 Fiber: 0 Sugar: 29 Vitamin A: 305 Vitamin C: 16.3 Calcium: 33 Iron: 0.8
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Claudia Lamascolo

wow that glaze is mouth watering good I would love some of this right now my mouth is watering! delish!

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That glaze is absolutely amazing!

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Sabrina

Love how easy this appetizer is! Stays warm in the slow cooker all night long.

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Yes! it can be made in advance!

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Pavani

What a easy and delicious appetizer that is. Slow cooker is such a blessing to make such yummy dishes and keep them warm for long time.

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I love using mine, and this recipe is perfect!

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Dorothy at Shockinglydelish

Perfect party food! The slow cooker makes it so easy!

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yes, and also keeps it warm for you!

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Brandy O'Neill

Love how this is made in the slow cooker!

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Its so easy, you just dump and cook!

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Karyl Henry

I love this! A simple recipe that's so flavorful. And doing it in teh slow cooker you don't have to figure out how to keep it warm. Perfect for gamedays

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Cheese Curd In Paradise

I love the use of the orange marmalade in the sauce- I bet the citrus taste is really yummy with the BBQ sauce! I have these on my list to try!

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April

If there was one category I would need as many recipes as I can find for that would be appetizers. It is not always that I have time to cook a proper dinner for my friends sand I don't want that to be in the way of meeting up. So I found making different appetizers every time is something that is quick and as much as entertaining. I would love to try this kielbasa now!

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Natalie

I never tried kielbasa before but now you got me interested. This sounds and looks absolutely delicious. I love sweet flavors you combined here. I must give this a try.

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Dee

I just love kielbasa, and this recipe is so simple!

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easy and tasty!

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Anna

Love how easy and convenient this is! Perfect for parties and get-togethers!

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Jessica | The Novice Chef

Such a great idea and perfect for a crowd! 

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