Sweet ‘n Tangy BBQ Smokies

by | May 27, 2013 | Appetizers, Side Dishes, Sides, Apps and Snacks | 34 comments

Maybe we’re just boring around my house, but entertaining foods here almost always include little BBQ smokies.

Make your own sweet 'n tangy BBQ sauce for little smokies or meatballs - using apple butter! Use the remaining sauce for grilling or adding into ground beef for kicked up sloppy joes! #applebutterrecipes #BBQ #entertaining

That might also be because I live with a 5-year old, but it is what it is. Fortunately, you can at least purchase turkey smokies now, so I don’t feel quite so guilty snacking on them.

This sweet ‘n tangy BBQ version is so fun and easy.  Guess what the main ingredient is?

Musselman’s Apple Butter.

Maybe you already knew that you could use apple butter in BBQ sauce, but I’d never tried it.  Quite honestly, I’ve really only ever used apple butter to smear on toast and biscuits.  This has sort of opened up a whole new world for me.

Historically, I’ve thought of apple butter as a fall flavor…but not any more!  You can use this BBQ sauce to brush on your chicken or pork during the last few minutes of grilling.  Stir it into cooked ground beef for BBQ sloppy joes, or heat with little smokies or meatballs for a quick appetizer.  You can even add it in with your baked beans for a kicked-up flavor.

Sweet n’ Tangy BBQ Smokies
 
Ingredients
  • 1 package little smokies
  • 1 cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 2 tablespoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • ½ teaspoon onion powder
  • 2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar
Method
  1. Mix all ingredients in a medium bowl. Store, covered, in the refrigerator for at least an hour before using. You may keep covered and refrigerated for a couple of weeks.
  2. To make smokies, place smokies in a small crock pot and cover with sauce, to taste. You won't need all of the sauce, so use the rest for basting while grilling, or add it to cooked ground beef for kicked-up sloppy joes.
Notes
recipe from Musselman's

I’m keeping apple butter on hand this summer for an easy way to jazz up my grilling and entertaining dishes.  And good news – Musselman’s wants to give one of you an Apple Butter gift pack, too.

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Musselman’s Apple Butter provided me with apple butter in order to facilitate my post. However, all opinions are 100% my own. You can read my advertising and disclosure policy here.

34 Comments

  1. Hayley @ The Domestic Rebel

    So we eat Lil Smokies on a regular basis for dinner in my house! We always have served it alongside Kraft Mac and Cheese — nothing more homey and comforting to me than that! And I love that you cook yours in the apple butter — what a fun twist! Seriously, these Smokies are meant for a little sweet kick. We always make ours in cherry preserves, but I’m kinda obsessing over this sweet BBQ-y sauce yours is in!!
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  2. Cynthia K Klinowski

    Our favorite grilling includes chicken and fruit. Filling but provides a light summer supper.

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  3. Michelle

    I love grilling seafood.

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  4. Nancy

    These were awesome.

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  5. Taylor Russell

    My husband and I love to grill steaks in the summer time!

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  6. deanna hanson

    gartners marinated short ribs

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  7. heta s

    all kinds of peppers.

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  8. June Ebinger

    VEGETABLES

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  9. Dana Esker

    I love grilling veggies

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  10. Stephanie

    I love an old fashioned cookout with hotdogs and hamburgers!

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  11. Amy Honious

    my favorite summer grilling item is chicken leg quarters! in fact, summer is the only time of year we cook them. love them bbq-ed or with a nice greek seasoning! thanks for such a nice giveaway-love musslemans!

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  12. Christine

    Chicken is my fav to grill!

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  13. Rae Nelson

    We love to grill chicken but kind of get stuck using the same sauce! Sure could use something different!!!

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  14. martha

    grilled pork chops w/ veggies and bp

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  15. Gricelda Castro

    Chicken and Seafood

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  16. tina reynolds

    hamburgers and steaks

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  17. connie moore

    hamburgers

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  18. Dawn Monroe

    We are pretty dull with most cookout, hamburgers and hotdogs. Once in a while we get daring and cook corn on the cob!

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  19. Jean Holland

    We love to grill just about everything–it saves heating the kitchen. We especially like ribs.

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  20. kelly Nicholson

    What’s your favorite summer grilling item?

    hamburgers baby!

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  21. Sean Wooding

    I love grilling steak and corn

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  22. rachel travis

    I love grilled chicken!

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  23. cindy

    I love grilling vegetables.

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  24. Kellie Christensen

    I love grilling brauts! They are so delicious! Or pineapple. yUm!

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  25. Sylvia Zajis

    I like experimenting with grilling fruit. Of course the traditional meats are great too.

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  26. yenny

    I love grilling veggie burgers!

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  27. Rusti

    I love grilling corn on the cob.

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  28. golden storm

    I love chicken and corn

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  29. Di

    classic burgers & corn on the cob

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  30. Stevie

    I like to make foil packets – a chicken one w/ pasta sauce, mozzarella & zucchini & then I have a turkey chili one w/ ground turkey, black beans, chili beans & diced tomatoes

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  31. Danielle Porter

    Sheskibabs! Normally with mushrooms, steak, chicken, squash, zucchini, and onions!

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  32. Kamla L.

    Definitely ribs!

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