Cooktop Cove: How to make slow cooker kielbasa and barbecue beans (video)
I always think of the grill when I think of sausages, but they are really much more versatile than that. Chopped or sliced sausage adds flavor and texture to everything from pasta to soups and stews. In the recipe below, sausage is cooked with beans, adding an amazing complexity to this chili-like dish.
What I love about this recipe is how easy it is to change up. The smoky kielbasa could easily be substituted for spicy Italian or Portuguese linguica. I like a blend of different beans for variety, and I especially like the addition of garbanzo beans for texture, but this recipe could use any beans you have on the shelf.
Note: All slow cookers are a little bit different in temperature and calibration. This recipe was tested in Cooktop Cove's Test Kitchen using this slow cooker, which is available for purchase here.
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