The best slow cooked sausage sandwiches are juicy, a little chewy, and have tasty toppings. They’re served on thick hoagie style rolls. And they keep hungry friends and family coming back for seconds. This slow cooked sausage peppers and onions recipe is an easy way to make sausage sandwiches. It’s one of my go-to slow cooker recipes for a crowd.
Slow cooking sausages with beer
This slow cooker sausage sandwich recipe is made with beer and has no sauce added. The slow cooked sausage marinated in beer creates tender, juicy sausages. The beer adds a ton of flavor to caramelized onions and peppers . Another option, instead of beer, is to slow cook the sausages in cider.
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Browning sausages for the crock pot
As with any crock pot meat recipe, for best results, brown the sausages with olive oil in a medium-hot skillet. Before adding them to the skillet, poke holes in the raw sausages to help release steam.
Searing sausages locks in a ton of flavor and gives them a nice crunch in the hoagie roll. Once the sausages are browned on the stove, add them to the crock pot with 1 inch of beer (about 1 cup).
Prepping the onions and peppers
Diced onions and peppers can go directly into the slow cooker. In my house, we LOVE caramelized onions (like these red wine caramelized red onions), so we sauté them on the stove first.
If you haven’t seen it yet, I have a trick to cutting the peppers. Or, should I say, my husband has a trick I stole and put on the internet. See how to cut bell peppers into strips.
Slow cooked sausage meal ideas
Once you learn how to slow cook sausage in the crock pot with peppers and onions, you’ll have this slow cooker recipe in your back pocket to use all year.
Here are a few easy slow cooked sausage meals:
- Whip up slow cooker sausage sandwiches.
- Skip the hoagie rolls and serve the sausages over rice or potatoes for easy weeknight crockpot meals.
- For parties, dice up the sausages before adding them to the crock pot and serve them with a stash of toothpicks to eat as finger foods.
- Make ahead slow cooker sausages, peppers and onions to use in breakfast sandwiches, served with eggs.
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The best rolls for slow cooker sausage sandwiches
Slow cooker sausage peppers and onions need a hearty, thick roll. Serve slow cooker sausage on a hoagie roll, baguette, ciabatta roll, or hotdog bun.
Toppings for slow cooked sausage sandwiches
There are so many versions of sausage sandwiches to make. When making this slow cooker main dish for a party, I like to set out a variety of toppings for guests to build their own sausage sandwiches.
Here are some of my favorite toppings for sausage sandwiches:
- Slow cooked peppers and onions
- Mustard – stone ground mustard or dijon mustard are great choices
- Sauerkraut – tasty with german sausage or other pork sausages
- Marinara sauce or tomato sauce – great for pairing with a sweet Italian sausage or mild Italian sausage
- Bleu cheese crumbles
- Bacon crumbles
- Fried onions
- Eggs for breakfast
- Baked beans
Looking for more sandwich ideas? Check out my recipe for sous vide pulled pork!
Mustards for sausage sandwiches
Any mustard can be used to bring out the flavor of these juicy sausage sandwiches. A classic yellow mustard, Dijon or spicy brown mustard will taste delicious. For a sweet flavor, mix honey and mustard to create a homemade honey mustard sauce for the sausages.
How to cook sausages from frozen
If you’re working with frozen sausages, defrost them in the microwave before searing them in the skillet.
Leftover sausage meal ideas
Slow cooked sausages made in large quantities can feed a family for days. Add leftover sausages to homemade pizza, sausage rolls (made in puff pastry), pasta dishes or enjoy them for breakfast in a scramble with eggs.
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Slow cooked sausage sandwiches with onions and peppers (Sip Bite Go)
- 5 mild Italian sausages
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 cup beer lager
- 2 onions sliced thin
- 2 red peppers sliced thin
- 5 hoagie rolls
- ¼ cup Dijon mustard
- Poke holes in the raw sausages to help release steam. Sear sausages with olive oil in a pan on medium-high. Brown sausages on all sides.
- (optional) Saute onions with 2 tbsp olive oil on medium in a pan, stirring regularly, for 10-20 minutes until brown.
- Add sausages, beer, onions and peppers to crock pot. Mix to integrate ingredients. Cook ~4-6 hours on high.
- Serve on hoagie rolls with dijon mustard or other toppings.
Geraline Batarra says
Sausages really tastes great, I enjoy it a lot for dinners or brunches. Thanks for the new recipes you’ve shared.. 😊
These recipes are so amazing, I really love eating sausages, thanks for the new ideas to enjoy it..
I am loving these meal ideas here. I will be trying this recipe for sure. Sounds very tasty.
Alexandra Cook says
Oh my goodness, these ingredients sound perfect together! This is going on our meal plan for this week. My family will love this!
Laura Dove says
Ooh this sounds delicious! I have never done sausages in the slow cooker before, it sounds so easy!
I bet those slow cooked onions taste incredible with this, yum. Totally drooling!
Corina Blum says
Oh yum! I am craving these sausages now. I’m planning on cooking sausages later today and now I’m thinking I should get up right now and start cooking them so I can put them in the slow cooker in time!
Neli Howard says
Slow cooker started and I cant wait to sit down with the family later to enjoy it. Will let you know how it turns out!. Thanks for a great recipe!
Now that looks like a comforting sandwich! Everything is better when slow cooked.
Brian Jones says
Sausage sandwiches are my all time favourite… Move over bacon there is always time for a sausage buttie as far as I am concerned. The flavours paired with these sausages sound fantastic!
Annie @ Annie's Noms says
Oh my word, why have I never cooked sausages in the slow cooker before!??? These sandwiches look out of this world delicious! I’m going to try and make them this weekend!