Fried Smoked Sausage Bites

These delicious fried smoked sausage bites are the ultimate party snack. Made with smoked sausage links and a homemade corn dog batter, these deep-fried corn dog-type sausage bites will be devoured as soon as they are placed on the appetizer table. A delicious appetizer recipe everyone will enjoy.

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I’ve made a lot of fried foods in my life. From chicken to fish and desserts, I’ve fried it all. These days, I’ve been on a fried appetizer kick. This most recent recipe is one of my all-time favorites, though. If you love corn dogs, then you’re going to love this recipe. These delicious fried smoked sausage bites are everything we love about corn dogs – I just shrunk them down and gave them a twist by using smoked sausage in place of regular hot dogs.

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites

I love this recipe because it combines the sensibilities of corn dogs with the flavors we expect from a sausage appetizer. In place of a hot dog, I use smoked sausage to get that great smoky flavor we all love. Then, they’re dipped in corn dog batter and deep-fried to golden perfection. What you end up with is a tiny corn dog with a smoky, meaty center that everyone comes back to again and again. They’re great for any kind of party, movie night, or just to have on hand for after-school snacking. Just be sure to make a double batch if you bring them to a party. They go fast!

A large silver tray loaded with bites on it and a small bowl of mustard and one of ketchup.

Why You’ll Love These Sausage Bites

  • They’re tiny little corn dogs with a smoky twist.
  • They’re the perfect appetizer for game day, potlucks, or afternoon snacks.
  • That crunchy, golden coating is so good!
  • The smoky sausage flavor combines perfectly with the cornmeal coating.

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites Tips and Variations

This recipe is super easy, but even easy recipes have little things that can make them better. I’m sharing some easy instructions to help you make these the best they can be. I also have some great variations so you can switch things up if you like.


  • Always dry off your sausage links before dipping them in the batter. The batter will stick to the dry sausage more readily.
  • Don’t overcrowd the pan when frying these bites. Overcrowding lowers the oil temperature, resulting in a soggy, greasy coating rather than a crispy one.
  • The easiest way to coat the sausages is by sticking a toothpick in them and then dunking them completely in the batter.


  • Use your favorite smoked sausage. They come in all sorts of flavors from cheesy to spicy.
  • Try using turkey sausage.
  • Use breakfast sausage links to make an amazing breakfast.
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Fried Smoked Sausage Bites FAQ

If you have questions about these fried smoked sausage bites, then I have the answers. The following FAQ answers the most commonly asked questions about this recipe.

Are sausage bites just like corn dog bites?

Essentially, yes. This recipe replaces hot dogs with smoked sausages and then coats them in corn dog batter.

Is smoked sausage already cooked?

In general, the pre-packaged smoked sausages you buy are already either cooked or cured during the smoking process, so they’re safe to eat. Just look on the package for any words like “uncooked” or “cook before eating”. If you don’t see those, the sausage is already safe to eat.

Does ketchup go with sausage?

It does if you like ketchup! It’s an all-purpose condiment that people put on just about anything. I even know someone who puts it on his macaroni and cheese. If it goes on that, it goes on anything.

What condiments go with corn dogs?

Almost anything:

  • Mustard
  • Ketchup
  • Any aioli sauce
  • Cheese sauce
  • BBQ sauce
  • Cream cheese
  • Cheddar cheese
  • Hot sauce

How long will sausage bites last in the fridge?

When stored in an airtight container, these will last for 4 to 6 days.

Can you freeze sausage bites?

Absolutely! They’ll keep in the freezer for up to 2 months.

A smoked sausage bite dipped in mustard.

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites Storage and Reheating

These will keep in the refrigerator in an air-tight container for up to 6 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them in an air-tight, freezer-safe container for up to 2 months. To reheat these bites, you can pop them in the microwave at 30-second intervals until they’re heated through. For best results, however, air fry them for a minute at 300 degrees or reheat in the oven, on a baking sheet in a single layer on, to keep them nice and crispy.

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites Ingredients

You’ll only need a few simple ingredients to make this delicious appetizer. You’ll find them all easily at your local grocery store.

  • Cornmeal
  • All-purpose flour
  • Sugar
  • Baking powder
  • Slap Ya Mama seasoning
  • Salt
  • Large egg
  • Buttermilk
  • Vegetable oil
  • Smoked sausage links (5-count)
  • Vegetable oil for frying
Three bites sitting on a plate with a bite taken out of one.

How to Make Fried Smoked Sausage Bites

Making these is as simple as shopping for the ingredients. It only takes a few simple steps.

Step 1: Prep

Dry off the smoked sausage with paper towels to ensure the batter sticks to them well.

Step 2: Make the Batter

Whisk the dry ingredients together in a medium-large bowl. Then, mix the egg, buttermilk, and oil together in a small bowl. Add the dry ingredients to the wet ingredients and stir until just moistened.

Step 3: Fry

Heat oil to 375 degrees in a medium, heavy-bottomed pan or deep fryer. Then, dip each piece of smoked sausage into the batter, covering them completely, and transferring them to the hot oil with a slotted spoon. Fry 6 to 8 bites at a time until golden brown and transfer them to a plate lined with a paper towel when done. Repeat until all bites are finished. If desired, place each sausage bite on a skewer before placing on a serving platter. Enjoy!

A double photo collage of smoked sausage bites on a silver plate with a bite taken out of one.

Try These Delicious Fried Smoked Sausage Bites Today

These fried smoked sausage balls are absolutely delicious and so easy to make. They bring everything we love about corn dogs to the appetizer table with a smoky twist you never knew you needed. BUT you do! Every bite is smoky, meaty goodness wrapped up in a corn dog crust, and everyone always loves them. Give them a try, and I know you’ll find yourself making them whenever you have the excuse.

A three photo collage of sausage bites sitting on a large silver tray.

More Sausage Appetizers You’ll Enjoy

Smoked Sausage Corn Dogs – Smoked sausage, dipped in a homemade corn dog batter, and fried until golden brown and perfectly crispy, these are perfect for any kind of party or potluck.

BBQ Smoked Sausage Bites – These sausage bites are coated in sweet BBQ sauce and then barbecued on a grill until crispy and charred.

Mini Corn Dogs in the Air Fryer – These mini corn dogs can be whipped up in a matter of minutes. They’re a quick lunch, dinner, or snack that the family will love.

Also try this Crescent Wrapped Smoked Sausage from Deliciously Seasoned. This recipe is made with two simple ingredients and makes a delicious appetizer that is perfect for any occasion.

A silver tray with four sausage bites on it, two small bowls of dip in the back, and a large tray of bites in the background.

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites

Great Grub, Delicious Treats

Fried Smoked Sausage Bites are a delicious appetizer that uses a homemade corn dog batter, smoked sausage, and is fried until golden brown.

Prep Time 10 mins

Cook Time 8 mins

Total Time 18 mins

Course Appetizer, Appetizers, Bite-sized

Cuisine American

Servings 24 Bites

Calories 128 kcal


  • 1 cup cornmeal
  • 1 cup all purpose flour
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 2 tablespoons baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon Slap Ya Mama seasoning
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 ½ cup buttermilk
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 1 pound smoked sausage links 5 count, cut each link into 4 pieces
  • 2 cups vegetable oil for frying


  • Heat oil to 375° in a medium heavy bottom pan or deep fryer.

  • In a medium bowl, whisk dry ingredients together.

  • In a small bowl, mix egg, buttermilk and oil together and add to dry ingredients. Stir just until moistened.

  • Prior to dipping the sausage bites into the batter, dry off the sausage with a paper towel.

  • Dip each piece of sausage into the batter, cover completely, then add to the hot oil with a slotted spoon. Cook 6-8 at a time. Make sure not to overcrowd the pan.

  • Fry until golden brown on all sides and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

  • Repeat with the remaining sausage pieces.


Nutritional values are approximate.


Please note that these values can change with different brands and any modifications made to the recipe. For the most accurate information, use a nutritional calculator with the exact brands and measurements.


Calories: 128kcalCarbohydrates: 11gProtein: 4gFat: 7gSaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 22mgSodium: 228mgFiber: 1gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 55IUCalcium: 64mgIron: 1mg

Keyword BBQ Smoked Sausage Bites, Smoked Sausage

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Four bites on a silver plate with a small white bowl with mustard in the background.
A smoked sausage bite being dipping in mustard.

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