Ok. So I’m a little late to the slow cooker game, but better late than never, right? I had actually purchased a small 3 quart cheapie crockpot many years ago and had it tucked away in the dark recesses of our kitchen cabinets for years. We recently needed to reheat a frozen pork butt from last year’s Washington State Fair, so I dusted it off, threw in a bottle of beer and some chicken broth and let the appliance work it’s magic. (And by dusted, I mean thawed safely in the fridge overnight….never put frozen raw meat in the slow cooker!!)

This simple act ignited a flame, ya’ll. Before I knew it, I was looking up slow cooker recipes online to use up the other odds and ends we’ve been hoarding in our freezer. The recipes I had my eye on clearly required a bigger contraption so I immediately ordered the Crock-Pot 7-Qt. Cook n’ Carry Programmable Countdown Slow Cooker and continued to drool over what to make next.

I chose this model because it has a digital timer which will switch to “keep warm” when done giving me a little more freedom to leave the house, if needed.

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Although this recipe is my first in using this unit, I can already tell that it cooks faster than most, so keep that in mind when making this in your slow cooker. You know yours best, so adjust times accordingly if needed! Luckily for this recipe, everything is already pre-cooked so there is no danger of under cooking. I’d suggest starting with the times listed and you can always turn it up to high at the end if you need to finish it up for some extra time.

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So next up in our freezer un-hoarding project was 2.6 pounds of authentic polish sausage (kielbasa, smoked of course) I had picked up on my last visit to Buffalo. Folks, that was almost 2 years ago, so I’d say it’s time to cook it up.

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Although many of the recipes I found say to simply cut up use the kielbasa as is, I was afraid they might turn out sort of, blah. So I went ahead and pre-cooked the smoked kielbasa in my Phillips Air Fryer because I just love the way it tastes when it gets caramelized on the outside – taking on it’s awesome sweet and smokey flavor. Up to you what you want to do, but if you go the un-fried route, I’d be interested in hearing if I was right or not.

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NOTE: Due to the amount of sausage and the size of my basket, I did this in 2 batches – 12 minutes each at 390 degrees.

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If you haven’t used or don’t have an air fryer yet (talk about being late to the game!), I highly recommend it. It’s fantastic for anything frozen and takes just a fraction of the time to cook. For instance, frozen chicken nuggets come out perfectly cooked in about 10 minutes. Strangely enough, it’s also the closest thing to grilling steaks on the BBQ! I can make a perfectly seared rare New York steak in just 7 minutes (try 9 minutes for medium rare). Basically, anything you can cook in the oven, can go in the air fryer. It’s so convenient!

But I digress. Back to my new slow cooker. This is definitely one of those recipes that looks better going into the pot than coming out, but I promise you it is absolutely delicious. Taste tasted by both my 7 year old son and my 40 year old husband, both scarfed it down and asked for more.

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crockpot slow cooker smoked kielbasa and bbq baked beans recipe

This recipe makes enough to feed a sports team so it’s perfect for a potluck or even to freeze and reheat later. The sauce will thicken in the fridge, so just add some water when reheating so you don’t end up with bean paste.

Crockpot Slow Cooker Smoked Kielbasa BBQ Baked Beans

Ingredients

COMBINE THESE FIRST
8 oz chicken broth or beer
1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
½ tsp smoked tabasco
½ cup barbecue sauce
¾ cup ketchup
2 tbsp steak sauce
1 tbsp mustard
1 tbsp sriracha sauce
¼ cup molasses
¼ cup brown sugar
1 tbsp butter, softened or melted

1 red onion, large, diced
1 lb bacon, cooked, chopped (I use smoked + thick cut)
2 15 oz cans black beans, drained and rinsed
2 15 oz red or kidney beans, drained and rinsed
1 15 oz can white beans, drained and rinsed
2.6 lbs Kielbasa, sliced into 1-2 inch pieces, Philips Air Fryer (or pan seared) 2 batches, 12 minutes each

crockpot slow cooker smoked kielbasa and bbq baked beans recipe

Instructions

Add the first set of ingredients to a large 6 or 7 quart slow cooker and mix thoroughly.
Add onion and bacon and stir.
Add all cans of beans and then stir very gently until mixed through so that you don’t mush up the canned beans too badly.

crockpot slow cooker smoked kielbasa and bbq baked beans recipe

Once everything is mixed, layer the kielbasa on top.
Cover with lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours on low.
Gently stir in the kielbasa before serving.

crockpot slow cooker smoked kielbasa and bbq baked beans recipe

This is hearty enough to be eaten as a main dish!

Crockpot Slow Cooker Smoked Kielbasa and BBQ Baked Beans
Prep Time
25 mins
Cook Time
4 hrs
Total Time
4 hrs 25 mins
 
Course: Comfort Food, Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine: American, BBQ
Servings: 10 people
Author: Jeana
Ingredients
COMBINE THESE FIRST
  • 8 oz chicken broth or beer
  • 1 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
  • ½ tsp smoked tabasco
  • ½ cup barbecue sauce
  • ¾ cup ketchup
  • 2 tbsp steak sauce
  • 1 tbsp mustard
  • 1 tbsp sriracha sauce
  • ¼ cup molasses
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp butter softened or melted
THEN MIX THESE IN
  • 1 large red onion diced
  • 1 lb bacon cooked, chopped
  • 2 15 oz cans black beans drained and rinsed
  • 2 15 oz red or kidney beans drained and rinsed
  • 1 15 oz can white beans drained and rinsed
  • 2.6 lbs Smoked Kielbasa pan or air fried, sliced into 1-2 inch pieces
Instructions
  1. Add the first set of ingredients to a large 6 or 7 quart slow cooker and mix thoroughly.
  2. Add onion and bacon and stir.
  3. Add all cans of beans and then stir very gently until mixed through so that you don't mush up the canned beans too badly.
  4. Once everything is mixed, layer the kielbasa on top.
  5. Cover with lid and cook on low for 3-4 hours on low.
  6. Gently stir in the kielbasa before serving.
Recipe Notes

I have the Crock-Pot 7-Qt. Cook n' Carry Programmable Countdown Slow Cooker and I feel like it cooks faster than most. The times listed are based on this specific slow cooker. You know yours best, so adjust times accordingly if needed! Luckily for this recipe everything is already pre-cooked so there is no danger of under cooking. This will thicken in the fridge so be sure to add water to leftovers when reheating.

crockpot slow cooker smoked kielbasa and bbq baked beans recipe

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