Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs 

Slow cooker sausage dogs are a delicious change from the usual smoked sausage or hot dogs.
Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs are a tasty alternative to the usual hot dog.
When I posted the weekly menu on Saturday I noticed I had people looking for this recipe right away. I had planned to wait a few weeks before sharing but I decided not to wait.

If you need an all day slow cooker recipe this is not the recipe for you. It cooks in 2 to 4 hours depending on whether you use high or low temp on your slow cooker. I find the cooking time is perfect for lunch after church or while I am home but too busy to cook.

The inspiration for these slow cooker sausage dogs came from slow cooker beer sausage dawgs from Aunt Bee’s Kitchen. Brandi’s recipe has beer, obviously, and sauerkraut. None of us care for the flavor of beer and sauerkraut is on my least favorite foods ever list. I know, I know but a lot of times I see a recipe somewhere and it becomes a jumping off point.

I got to thinking about what I could do so everyone would like it. Leaving the sauerkraut off was easy but I wasn’t sure what to use instead of the beer. Water wouldn’t add the flavor needed and I wasn’t sure about broth. Then I realize soda would work. Just make sure to use a cola type soda with sugar. I used Dr Pepper but your favorite would work. The other adjustment I made was to decrease the amount of brown sugar. I knew I wanted the flavor of the brown sugar but not an overpowering sweetness.
Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs

Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs

Place the sausages in the bottom of a 4 quart slow cooker insert

Combine the soda and brown sugar and pour over the sausages

Cover and cook on low for 4 hours or on high for 2

Slice an onion and a bell pepper or two

Place the butter or oil in a skillet

Sauté the onion and pepper until tender

Mix some of the cooking liquid with an equal part of barbecue sauce

Place the sausages in buns, top with a drizzle of sauce and onion and bell peppers

Jazzed up baked beans and Ranch roasted potatoes 

Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs 

Course Main Dish
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Total Time 4 hours 20 minutes
Author Micha @ Cookin' Mimi


  • 1 1/2 pounds bun length smoked sausage links
  • 8 ounces of a cola soda
  • 4 Tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons butter or oil
  • 1 onion sliced
  • 1 or 2 bell peppers sliced
  • Hot dog buns


  1. Place the sausages in the insert of a 4 quart slow cooker
  2. Stir together the soda and sugar
  3. Pour over sausage
  4. Cover and cook for 2 to 4 hours
  5. Remove sausages from the slow cooker
  6. Measure out 1/2 a cup of the cooking juices and mix with the barbecue sauce
  7. Melt the butter or heat oil in a skillet
  8. Add the onions and peppers and sauté until tender
  9. Place the sausages in the buns and drizzle with the sauce and top with the onion and peppers

Recipe Notes

Adapted from Aunt Bee's Recipes

Slow Cooker Sausage Dogs are perfect for game day, errand day, or any time you want an simple yet satisfying supper.
This post may be linked at these fabulous blogs as well as Weekend Potluck. and meal plan Monday and Whatcha Crockin’ Wednesday


  1. Now I am craving Sausage dogs for breakfast 😉

    I am so glad my recipe inspired you to make these! They look fantastic!

  2. Oh wow, these sound SO good and so easy! I love anything with peppers and onions.

  3. We will just love your amazing Sausage Dogs and thanks so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday. Hope you had a great week and come back soon!
    Miz Helen

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