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Mini Sausage Kabobs with Sweet and Sour Sauce

Preview: Mini Sausage Kabobs with Sweet and Sour Sauce combines three types of sausage, pineapple chunks, and a delicious sweet and sour sauce for a breakfast or brunch recipe that your family and friends are sure to remember.

This recipe for Mini Sausage Kabobs with Sweet and Sour Sauce was first served to me with pancakes at a brunch hosted by our minister’s wife several years ago. She promised to give me the recipe. Unfortunately, I never received it. 😟 She probably forgot—same as I do sometimes.

But it was a culinary memory I determined to repeat. So eventually, I developed this clone, which tastes just as good as hers did—at least the way I remember it. I think you’ll love it as an appetizer, a brunch dish, or a main course served with rice.

Mini Sausage Kabobs on a serving platter

Ingredients and Substitutions:

  • GROUND SAUSAGE: I use mild ground breakfast sausage, but I think the HOT breakfast sausage would be wonderful, too. I have not tried Italian sausage. Form the sausage into tiny meatballs before you start or break the meat into large chunks as you brown it.
  • SMOKED SAUSAGE: Link sausages, either smoked or Kielbasa sausage, are my first choice.
  • COCKTAIL SAUSAGES: These are bite-sized sausages or smoked cocktail sausages, which we call Little Smokies. (That’s a brand name familiar to most Americans.) Since they are fully cooked, you only have to warm or brown them.
  • PINEAPPLE SLICES OR CHUNKS: If you buy slices, cut each slice into chunks. Or buy the chunks. Don’t throw out the juice. You’ll need it to make the sauce.
  • BROWN SUGAR: Brown sugar gives the glaze an amber color and the perfect amount of sweetness.
  • CORNSTARCH: Cornstarch thickens the glaze.
  • SOY SAUCE: Besides adding salt, soy sauce adds a great umami flavor. Tamari or Worcestershire sauce are acceptable substitutes.
  • VINEGAR: Vinegar lends the “sour” flavors to the sauce. I use apple or white vinegar.
  • SWEET and SPICY MUSTARD: Mustard is optional, but if you enjoy food with a little kick, you will love this addition.

sausage kabobs and pineapple served as a side dish for breakfast
Put everything in a bowl to serve as an entrée over rice. Or dish it up for breakfast as a side with pancakes or waffles.

How to make Sausage and Pineapple Kabobs:

mini sausage meatballs on a plate after forming but before frying them
Form ground sausage into mini-meatballs. I use a small ice cream scoop, so they are somewhat uniform.
frying the sausage meatballs
Brown the meatballs and allow them to cook through.
browning the little smokies and sliced link sausage
Cut the link sausage into small slices or chunks. Brown the little smokies and the link sausage. (I forgot to do it here, but I prefer to cut the little smokies in half.) Remove them from the skillet and set them aside.
Making the sweet and sour sauce
Add remaining ingredients except for the pineapple to the same skillet.
Whisking the sauce as it cooks and thickens
Bring the sauce to a boil and whisk until it thickens.
Add all the ingredients to the sauce to heat through completely
After the sauce thickens, add the pineapple and meat. Stir until heated through.
making kabobs with the sausage and pineapple
Use a toothpick and poke a slice of sausage, then a piece of pineapple, and finally, another type of sausage that differs from the one you already have on the toothpick. Sprinkle with parsley if you like.

FAQ about Mini Sausage Kabobs:

Can I make these ahead of time?

Make the day before and refrigerate. When ready to serve, microwave until heated through. Stir to redistribute the sauce.

Can I add green or red pepper pieces?

Yes. I recommend you soften pepper pieces in the grease left from cooking the sausage.

What else can I do with sausage kabobs?

Try it as an entrée with white or brown rice on the side. Or serve with breakfast along with pancakes or waffles.

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mini sausage Kabobs with sweet and sour sauce on a serving platter

Sweet and Sour Sausage Kabobs Recipe

Mini Sausage Kabobs with Sweet and Sour Sauce combines three types of sausage, pineapple chunks, and a delicious sweet and sour sauce for a breakfast or brunch recipe that your family and friends are sure to remember.
Paula Rhodes
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 20 mins
Course Appetizer, Breakfast, Pork
Servings 10 servings


  • ½ pound ground sausage - made into mini-meatballs
  • ½ pound smoked sausage - cubed
  • ½ pound little smokies
  • 1 8- ounce can sliced pineapple - drained, and cut into chunks (save juice and set pineapple aside)
  • ¼ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch
  • cup water plus pineapple juice
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons vinegar
  • 1-2 teaspoons sweet and spicy mustard - optional


  • Brown the ground sausage in a medium non-stick skillet. Set aside.
  • Brown the smoked sausage and the small sausages (little Smokies) in a medium skillet. Drain any excess fat. Cut the smoked sausage into bite-size chunks. Set aside.
  • Combine brown sugar, cornstarch, water, reserved pineapple juice, and mustard into a small bowl. Whisk until smooth. Pour this mixture into the skillet used to brown sausage. On low heat, cook and whisk until thickened.
  • Add sausages and pineapple. Heat until warm throughout.
  • Make kabobs using toothpicks adding one piece of pineapple and two pieces of sausage. OR, stir together and serve from a serving bowl.


Serving: 1servingCalories: 246kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 9gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 1gCholesterol: 47mgSodium: 672mgPotassium: 181mgFiber: 1gSugar: 9gVitamin A: 30IUVitamin C: 3mgCalcium: 16mgIron: 1mg
Keyword breakfast, brunch, Sausage, Side dish for pancakes, Sweet and Sour
Cuisine American
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