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Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce

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Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce makes a great appetizer!  These are delicious, moist, and tender with a sweet and sour sauce that’s addicting!  And it takes only minutes to whip up.  Perfect to serve at your next party!  A wonderful recipe to make ahead and reheat, too.

Let’s face it – the men in our lives need something substantially more than a hummus dip with veggies or crackers.  Right?

So when it comes to planning a soiree with a few friends, it’s a good idea to have something more substantial served as an appetizer, especially if you are only serving appetizers and drinks.

Italian sausage links are the easiest meats to bake or to grill and serve!  They’re also budget-friendly!

So why not turn these sausage links into Sausage Bites and serve them as an appetizer at your next party?  Only this time, serve them with an easy and delicious Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce!



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Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce is super easy to make!

Sausage Bites involves no prep work at all (compared to making cocktail meatballs).  It’s simply a package of Italian sausage links (the large ones), thrown into a baking pan, and baked until they are fully cooked.

Then cut each link into 4 equal parts and coat them with some of the sweet and sour sauce (recipe below).  And serve them with pretty cocktail toothpicks.


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I have been baking sausages for years and never thought to post them as an easy, bite-size appetizer, until now! 

Only this time, instead of using our usual tomato sauce as the dipping sauce,  I wanted to try something completely different.

And a sweet and sour sauce sounded just the thing to try!


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How to Make Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce!

As I searched the web for a few recipes, I decided to come up with my own concoction. The sauce is made with only 4 simple ingredients. 

It’s my favorite teriyaki marinade sauce along with brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar.  EASY!!

If you haven’t heard or even tried my favorite Soy Vay Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce, I have to tell you it’s my “go-to” sauce for marinating meats and fish.

I use it often in my stir-fry dishes, or as a simple dip.  It’s Kosher certified, preservative-free, and contains NO high-fructose corn syrup.   

And it’s delicious!


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Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce turned out perfect and SO tasty!  I think your family and guests will enjoy them as much as we do!





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Yield: 16 to 20 bites

Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce

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Sausage Bites with Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce ~ delicious bite-size appetizers you can easily bake, make ahead and reheat just minutes before guests arrive. Super quick and perfect to serve at your next party!

Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 package of Italian sweet sausage links (4 to 5 large links)

Sweet & Sour Sauce:

  • 1/3 cup of Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce ( I used Soy Vay)
  • 3 Tbsp. packed light brown sugar
  • 1 Tbsp. ketchup
  • 2 tsp. apple-cider vinegar


  • Dried or fresh chopped chives


  1. Remove the sausages from the package and allow them to warm up to room temperature for a few minutes.
  2. Preheat oven to 400 F degrees.
  3. Layer a baking pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  4. Place the sausages in a single layer on the prepared baking pan, but separate them, should not be touching.
  5. Take a fork and lightly prick each one a few times, about 3 times in each link.
  6. Bake sausages for 25 - 30 minutes, until they are fully brown and cooked through.
  7. Remove from the oven. Use a fork and sharp knife to slice them into 4 equal parts.

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce:

  1. In a small saucepan, and on low heat, stir Teriyaki Marinade & Sauce with light brown sugar, ketchup, and vinegar, until the sugar is fully dissolved and allow the sauce to thicken a little, about 2 minutes. Turn off heat.
  2. Drop a few already cooked sausage bites (in small batches) into the heated sauce to coat them. Pick up each sausage bite (allowing the excess sauce to drip back into the pan) and place it onto a serving platter. Place toothpicks into each one. Garnish with a sprinkle on top with dried or fresh chopped chives and serve. If you need more dipping sauce, repeat the ingredients and heat up the additional sauce.
  3. Serve warm with extra dipping sauce on the side.


* If the sausage links are frozen, place them into the refrigerator the night before to allow them to fully defrost, or you can take them and run them under cold running water for a few minutes to help them defrost.
* You can grill them on your outside gas grill for 15 to 20 minutes until they are cooked through.
* Don't have time to make your own sauce? You can buy your favorite brand of sweet & sour sauce from your local supermarket. Just heat up about 1/2 cup or more and coat the sausage bites with the warm sauce before serving.
* They heat up very nicely. Warm them in a 350 F degrees oven for about 10 minutes and heat up the sauce before serving.


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Anna and Liz

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    by Anna and Liz
    September 12, 2018 at 4:20 pm

    Thanks so much!

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    March 7, 2018 at 11:36 pm

    Wow !! they look extra delicious!! taste too!! I love this recipe! When we made it for Dad’s office party at custom essay writing service it was the best dish. I wanted to make it for our next family dinner so everyone could try it. It is a keeper! I may have to make it again soon!

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