Sweet and Messy Barbecue Sausage

I am grilling a lot this summer.  As temperatures rise, few things say summer more than dinner from the grill.  This sweet & messy barbecue sausage is a family hit.

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Sweet and Messy Barbecue Sausage is a family favorite.

We eat lots of grilled chicken with various marinades.  We love grilled chicken, but this grilled sausage gives us a very needed reprieve from the chicken.

Sweet & Messy Barbecue Sausage is the taste of summer!

This is so easy.  I just took Sweet Baby Ray’s barbecue sauce which is our favorite and added brown sugar before coating my smoked turkey sausage on the grill with a basting brush.  This really couldn’t be any easier if I tried.

You'll need wet napkins with your dinner tonight. Sweet & Messy BBQ sausage is worth it.

My recipe is designed to feed teenage boys… teenage boys who love this sausage.  As such, it is probably overkill for most families.  I cooked 3 packages of smoke turkey sausage (13 oz each).  In addition to giving the exact measurements I used, I would like to point out that I used a 3:2 ratio of BBQ sauce to brown sugar.  I used 3/4 cup BBQ sauce and 1/2 (2/4) cup of brown sugar.  You could easily use 3 tablespoons of BBQ sauce to 2 tablespoons of brown sugar (or 6 tablespoons to 4 tablespoons) to scale back the recipe.  I had a little sauce left over but I might have used that too if I hadn’t been talking to my husband.

Sweet Baby Ray's makes this messy BBQ sausage extra delicious.

I prefer my sausage cut into quarters.  I first cut each sausage in the middle then split each half long wise. I like the way it cooks up and gets more coverage from the sauce in this way.  The sausages flip up and curl which gives me some bizarre satisfaction.

Sweet & Messy Barbecue Sausage is the perfect meal for your next barbecue or weekday dinner.

Are you ready to make some sweet & messy barbecue sausage?  Check out the recipe below.

Sweet and Messy Barbecue Sausage

Sweet and Messy Barbecue Sausage


  • 3/4 cup Barbecue Sauce (I use Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • 1/2 cup Brown Sugar
  • 3 packages (13 oz/each) Smoked Turkey Sausage (or your favorite smoked sausage)


  • Combine the barbecue sauce and brown sugar in a bowl or cup.
  • Cut sausages into quarters. I first cut the middle then slice lengthwise.
  • Place the sausages on a heated grill.
  • Use a basting brush to coat the sausages on the grill.
  • I coat the sausages almost immediately and add more throughout the grilling.
  • Cook until internal temperatures reach 165 degrees.
  • Enjoy!
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It just doesn’t get any easier or more delicious than this.  

I can't wait to try this sweet & messy barbecue sausage!

sweet and messy barbecue sausage

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About Trisha

Trisha Kilpatrick is a homeschooling mother of three. She has a degree in Education with a double major in Elementary and Special Education, but she is more proud of her countless hours of volunteer work in Children's Church. She believes that all children can learn and that, in life, simple is almost always best. *Affiliate links are used on this site. I may be compensated when you click on or buy from these links. If you have any questions, you can contact me at questions@trishadishes.com .

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