Sweet and Spicy Smoked Sausage Recipe

sweet n sour sausage recipeWhat do you think of when it comes to fall? No matter what your favorite seasonal activity is, the best way to celebrate the season is with the delicious, signature flavors of autumn like pumpkin, squash and apple butter.

Recently I was asked to try out the Musselman’s Apple Butter in a recipe and I was more than happy to do that since we already love the product! Here is the recipe:

4.9 from 9 reviews
Sweet and Spicy Smoked Sausage Recipe
Recipe type: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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This recipe only requires 6 simple ingredients. It is great served as an appetizer, lunch or as dinner.
  • 2 Tbsp. Olive Oil
  • 12 oz. Smoked Sausage, sliced in ½" pieces
  • ½ cup Musselman's Apple Butter
  • 3 Tbsp. Dijon Mustard
  • 2 Tbsp. Ketchup
  • 1 Dash Hot Sauce
  1. In a large frying pan, heat oil on medium heat. Brown sausage for about 5 minutes. In a small bowl mix together apple butter, mustard, ketchup and hot sauce. Pour the sauce over the sausage and stir well. Turn heat down to low and simmer uncovered for 5 to 10 minutes or until sauce is bubbling.
  2. Serve sausage pieces on toothpicks.

My family completely devoured those sausage bites in less than 30 minutes. Matter of fact, they are begging me to make another batch. With all of the fall and holiday parties & entertaining upon us…I will definitely be making these appetizers all season long!

Musselman’s Apple Butter can be used in all kinds of delicious recipes! Try it in cakes, pies, brownies, breads, muffins and as a meat or fish marinade. Try some apple butter over the top of vanilla ice cream or let the kids use it as a dipping sauce with their favorite sliced fruits. Β It is delicious and a great way for you to enjoy some flavors of the season.

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Disclaimer: Shelly has personally reviewed the product listed above. Shelly has not received any monetary compensation for her review. Shelly did receive a free product to try out so she could evaluate and use it for her review. Her thoughts & opinions in this review are unbiased & honest and your opinions may differ. Thanks!


  1. Melanie Comello says:

    I sure do, one of my favorite recipes is a german pancake like thing, we call it Pfannkuchen, in this case an apfelpfannkuchen! Absolutely delicious πŸ™‚

  2. Buddy Garrett says:

    We bake cakes with applesauce.

  3. My absolute favorite thing to do with applesauce is to simply spread it on a piece of toast. So delicious! I haven’t had apple butter in ages, but it would be wonderful during the holidays!

  4. Yes, I love to bake with applesauce.

  5. Cassandra Casto Brock says:

    I use applesauce in place of the oil when making boxed cakes

  6. I’ve only baked it with chicken in a slow cooker, but i love to eat apple butter on toast as well!

  7. Alexis Hope says:

    Ive never thought about baking with apple sauce so no I dont do it.

  8. Jeffrey Molnar says:

    Looks delicious. I will look to applesauce in the future

  9. Ashley Morrow says:

    I use apple sauce in cake recipes.

  10. Robyn Norris says:

    I have never tried it but I’d like to start with muffins!

  11. carol gentry says:

    I have never baked with apple sauce before. I love to try new things so it would be great to try it.

  12. Never cooked with Apple Sauce, would like to try it for a christmas dessert.

  13. Kathy Pease says:

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  14. Kathy Pease says:

    I have not baked with apple sauce but I have heard you can replace it with oil in cake mixes and I would like to try that sometime.

  15. Brittney House says:

    I usually use it to make bread.

  16. Laurie Emerson says:

    I bake a lot with applesauce. I make applesauce, cake, cookie and applesauce and walnut muffins.

  17. April Bever says:

    I use applesauce as a substitute for eggs and butter, and it tastes a lot better!

  18. Brenda Elsner says:

    I have never cooked with apple sauce. I would love to try a cake or these sweet spicy smoked sausages.

  19. Melissa Shirley says:

    I use applesauce when I make cakes and cupcakes.

  20. i would love to try the Spiced Apple Cake with Orange Glaze recipe sound good to me

  21. Melanie Montgomery says:

    I have never baked with applesauce before.

  22. Tracey Agrella says:

    I’d like to try it in chicken

  23. DIANE HAMEL says:

    I use it in place of oil in recipes

  24. Yes, use it in cakes and cupcakes

  25. I have added applesauce to my brownie batter!

  26. Jill Myrick says:

    I have an old fashioned apple sauce cake recipe that I like to substitute apple butter for in the place of applesauce.
    It makes it really delicious and is a big hit with my family.


  27. Ingrid Jackson says:

    I have not tried cooking with applesauce but I do enjoy it on top of some gingerbread.

  28. Janice Crespo says:

    I actually recently tried these mini cinnamon applesauce muffins that were excellent!

  29. Kayla Pease says:

    I commented on your facebook page on the post about the movie My Dad is Scrooge!

  30. Kayla Pease says:

    I love apple sauce but I can’t say that I have ever baked with it.

  31. I only baked with it once – in a cake using half the oil called for!

  32. Millie Campbell says:

    I used applesauce in banana nut bread before, gives it a sweeter taste and a moister bread.

  33. Debra Hall says:

    i bake with apple butter i make a pork loin covered in it

  34. Cori Westphal says:

    I’ve tried using applesauce in brownies because I love brownies. But they really love my hips! It was sort of a bust. They didn’t work out, but I’d love to give it another try!

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  35. maleficent m says:

    i have tried applesauce in brownies for a lower cal brownie but it wasn’t as good

  36. i should try to bake with applesauce more, but just stick to apple bread

  37. Yes, I use it in baking deserts!

  38. I don’t, but my mother uses it in cakes, etc., to replace butter/oil, etc.

  39. I’d like to try using it to make bread.

  40. I do! I use it in everything from stuffed shells to brownies because my hubby and son have egg allergies.

  41. Lori Walker says:

    I don’t bake with applesauce but I’d like to try it in brownies.

  42. Melissa M. Miller says:

    I’ve only baked with applesauce once. I tried it in a muffin recipe. I’d definitely like to try this apple butter recipe, though! I never thought to use apple butter on anything more than toast.

  43. I don’t bake with apple sauce. I would like to try the recipe for Apple Cheesecake Pie

  44. The last thing I made with apple sauce was cookies.

  45. Kimberley Thomas says:

    I do ! I replace 1/2 the oil in a recipe with applesauce when baking and it lowers the fat and has no effect on the taste! It works πŸ™‚

  46. I don’t bake with apple sauce. I would like to try the recipe for Apple Cheesecake Pie

  47. kim miller says:

    i don’t but, i’d use it in cakes and cookies.

  48. KAREN MASSEY says:

    I do use apple sauce at times in a garnishment or in nutbread

  49. I use applesauce as an egg substitute in baking.

  50. Shelton Rogerson says:

    I’ve used apple sauce in a cake but not like the Sweet and Spicy Smoked Sausage recipe ( I printed off a copy) you have posted.

  51. danielle Marie says:

    nope. and is it bad if i just like apple butter on toast? i am a simple girl.

  52. Friederike Graedener says:

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  53. Rosanna Perrigo says:

    Applesauce waffles, apple pie smoothie, applesauce cookies….

  54. I just made some delicious pumpkin applesauce muffins.

  55. amy guillaume linderman says:

    i always bake with applesauce as a substitute for oil., but i love to make a good apple cake too

  56. Richard Brandt says:

    Apple spice cake!

  57. liked vivra bar post on fb = deborah t

  58. I bake with it in place of oil.

  59. beth shepherd says:

    I use it in my brownies

  60. Jennifer Rote says:

    Yes, I use it in m spice cake,

  61. Debbie Bray says:

    I have not used applesauce in cooking but I would like to try it in baking.

  62. Christine says:

    I use applesauce in banana bread

  63. Ravyn Granholm says:

    Porkchops and applesauce, baby!

  64. Heather Freeman says:

    I’m old-fashioned. I like to have my porkchops in applesauce.

  65. Giovanna Scurti says:

    Sometimes I use apple sauce in banana bread.

  66. Stacie Clark says:

    I do bake with applesauce. I make applesauce spice cake, I make applesauce muffins and I put applesauce in my carrot cake.

  67. erica best says:

    i have never used it u would use it apple cider walnut bread

  68. I have used apple sauce when making muffins or breads etc. to replace the oils.

  69. I don’t usually bake with applesauce but would like to try it

  70. in a pound cake

  71. Jennifer Zidak says:

    I use applesauce instead of sugar in a lot of recipes.

  72. I have never baked with apple sauce but i would lov eto try!

  73. I don’t cook with applesauce.
    I’d make the apple sauce oatmeal cookies.

  74. Susan Christy says:

    I don’t and would like to try it in brownies.

  75. Cindy Merrill says:

    I make an apple sauce pie for the Holidays, it’s quite delicious.

  76. Yes, I do. I love making apple spice cake.

  77. I have made cakes switching the oil for apple sauce. I especially love doing this with spice or pumpkin cakes in the fall.

  78. I use applesauce in cupcakes and with baked pork chops.

  79. Amanda E. says:

    I sometimes use it as a sub for oil in cakes.

  80. Jennifer Tilson says:

    I don’t usually use applesauce in recipes. I’d like to try it in muffins and bread recipes.

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  82. I use Apple Sauce in my Banana Muffins, Spice Muffins , Pumkin well I use it in most my muffins recipes and some of my cake recipe’s.

  83. Nicholas Balandiat says:

    I make an applesauce “patch” cake. Sort of cross between a pie and a cake. You can also use canned cherries too.

  84. Seyma Shabbir says:

    I don;t bake with apple sauce but I love apple butter with toast. I love it with my pancakes also!

  85. I make cookies and add applesauce

  86. stephanie macdonald says:

    yes as an egg replacement in cake mix

  87. Kelly Nicholson says:

    Do you bake with apple sauce? If so, what kind of recipes do you use it in?

    i really love making applesauce cake…thanks

  88. Selinda McCumbers says:

    I have an applesauce loaf cake that I love!

  89. yes, i use it with tart like desserts

  90. Janet Woodling says:

    I do bake an applesauce cake. I bet this would be good in it.

  91. Sarah Hall says:

    I put apple sauce in my cakes to make them moist. We also just like to eat it plain.

  92. Jimmy Rector says:

    on cakes

  93. Sharon Kaminski says:

    I do bake with apple sauce. I substitute it for oil in cake mixes. It works great and no fat.

  94. Friederike Graedener says:

    I use applesauce in my crock pot red cabbage but i have not baked with it yet.

  95. I do, I use it on pork chops and in meatball recipes.

  96. I’ve never baked with applesauce before but I’ve heard it can be used in Carrot Cake muffins to make them more moist. I’d definitely make that at some point.

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  98. I would want to make this recipe from their site; Citrus Apple Butter Glaze for Shrimp

  99. Amy Pratt says:

    I have a meatloaf recipe where you mix dijon mustard and applesauce and spread on top before cooking. It is delicious.

  100. I have not used apple sauce in recipes very much but I would like to try it with ham that sounds super good.

  101. ellen beck says:

    I do but I have only used it as a replacement in cake mixes and sweets. I love apple sauce and its better than oils so would love to see more recipes using it.

  102. Sherry Compton says:

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  103. Sherry Compton says:

    Some but I’d like to more. I’ve used applesauce in muffins before and in cake cookies. My daughter even tried a recipe using apple butter on grilled cheese.

  104. Mandy Kauffman says:

    I use applesauce a lot in spice cakes and breads to keep the food moist with less fat. Thanks for the giveaway! πŸ™‚

  105. I would like to use this in an apple and walnut spice cake mix.

  106. I made a cake once using apple sauce instead of the oil

  107. Amber Laughard says:

    I dont, But I’d like to try it in a chicken mix!