I’m letting you in on my secret go-to potluck dish: Brown Sugar Kielbasa, a crowd pleasing recipe that only has two ingredients and cooks all by itself in the slow cooker while you’re at work. The only downside is that it’s not vegetarian.
Ingredients: 3 packages kielbasa, any variety, and 1 package (1 lb.) of dark brown sugar (light brown sugar is OK if dark is unavailable). You want a rough ratio of two or three packages kielbasa to one package sugar, but this recipe is flexible enough that you can add or subtract a kielbasa link and it’ll turn out fine.
The sugar cooks over either low or high heat until it forms a liquid sauce, like magic!
Directions: Slice the kielbasa into quarter-size pieces and place them in the slow cooker. Pour the entire box of sugar on top of the kielbasa, and stir quickly to combine.
Cook on low for 5 hours OR on high for 2 1/2 hours. That’s it!
Set it overnight or while you’re at work, and when you get home you can take your slow cooker directly to the potluck or party. You’ll have perfectly cooked kielbasa chunks swimming in a sweet, syrupy brown sugar sauce.
Inevitably, someone asks me what’s in the sauce, and when I tell them it’s just sugar and kielbasa, they never believe me. I’ve heard different variations on this recipe, everything from adding mustard or onions to various fruit preserves into the sauce, but I still think it’s best kept simple. Enjoy!