Is this the ultimate low carb keto football food? Slow cooker kielbasa with a sweet and spicy sugar-free sauce. Easy and delicious!
What is it about smoked foods that makes them so extra delicious? Really, inquiring minds want to know. I can hardly contain myself around foods with that smoky deliciousness. Smoked salmon, smoked ribs, smoked brisket, smoked sausage, smoked wings. And chipotle (aka smoked jalapeño) is one of my favourite spices. Really, I think I could eat smoked foods day and night and I know many others feel the same. I also have a tendency to stand in the path of the smoke from a campfire, just so I will smell that woodsmoke on my clothes and in my hair. It’s like it reaches some primitive part of us, when we sat around open fires all day and almost everything we ate had an added smokiness. Oh, the good old days!
While I am not about to give up my house with central air, I do love to come up with recipes that have an element of smoke to them. Kielbasa is a particular favourite in our house. My kids love it so I always know I have something on back up that everyone will eat. And while much of the commercial kielbasa out there has lots of icky additives, my husband has managed to find a great source of uncured, grassfed kielbasa. He gets nice big packs of this Teton Waters Ranch polish sausage at Costco (they also carry another brand of grassfed beef kielbasa). We almost always have some in our freezer for when that smoky craving strikes!
And believe me, the craving is going to strike for these sweet and spicy (and of course, smoky) little bites. They are a perfect Super Bowl appetizer. Whip them up in your crock pot and serve alongside all your other favourite low carb finger foods. They won’t last long. My family of five managed to eat the whole batch for a single dinner!
And check out what I have to say about football food on the Swerve Sweetener Blog!