Spicy Sausage Bites with Coca-Cola® Glaze

These cheesy bites of spicy sausage are coated in a sweet and fizzy Coca-Cola® glaze for a perfect balance of salty and sweet! They’re easy to make, bake, and can be easily prepared ahead of time and frozen prior to baking! 

A white plate filled with brown glossy spicy sausage bites with a coca cola bottle in the background.

This post has been sponsored by The Coca-Cola Company. All thoughts and opinions are my own.

Can I just say, this is my first time making a glaze with Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar. I’m pretty much going to put it on everything from now on. (Convenient, too, because I just bought a 24 pack of the 16.9 ounce bottles that they now have at Sam’s Club.)

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Overhead image of ingredients to make spicy sausage bites. Coke, Sausage, Cheese, Baking Mix, Cream Cheese, Hot Sauce, Cayenne.

“Whoa! What’s that sweet taste?!” were my husband’s exact words. These sausage bites really soak up the Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar flavor and hold onto it. I’m telling you, I couldn’t stop popping these suckers!

Club Pick Up makes it easy to grab everything you need for this recipe at your local Sam’s Club so that you can get everything you need for holiday entertaining in a snap!

Now, let’s go over some FAQ’s so that you will be SET to go!

How to Make a Non-Spicy Version:

-Omit the Cayenne and Hot Sauce

-Use Sweet Sausage Instead of Spicy

-Use Non-Spicy Cheese, like Cheddar

A bowl of pre-mixed ingredients for spicy sausage bites next to a shot of it mixed together in a big ball.

Make-Ahead Method:

-To make these ahead of time, simply combine the sausage bite ingredients, roll into balls, and flash freeze the unbaked balls for 1 hour. Then, toss them into a freezer storage bag for up to three months.

-When you’re ready to bake them, simply place them on a greased baking sheet, bake as instructed, and prepare the Coca-Cola® glaze as they bake!

Side by side image of uncooked sausage bites and cooked sausage bites.

Storing Leftovers:

-Leftovers should be kept in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days.

-You can also freeze them for up to three months: 

  • To reheat, bake the frozen sausage balls in a 300 degree oven, covered, for about 15 minutes or so until heated through.

Using Regular Coca-Cola:

I love the taste of ice-cold Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar, but you can absolutely use regular Coca-Cola® for the glaze as well!

PSTT! An extra perk with this recipe is the fact that you only need half of a bottle for the glaze, so you can sip on the rest while you prepare the recipe! Score.

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4 from 2 votes
Servings: 50 Sausage bites
Spicy Sausage Bites with Coca-Cola® Glaze
Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
40 mins
 
Author: Stephanie
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Coca-Cola Glaze, Sausage Balls, Spicy Sausage Bites

These cheesy bites of spicy sausage are coated in a sweet and fizzy Coca-Cola® glaze for a perfect balance of salty and sweet! They’re easy to make, bake, and can be easily prepared ahead of time and frozen prior to baking! 

Ingredients
*Sausage Bites*
  • 1 lb. spicy ground sausage
  • ½ teaspoon cayenne
  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce
  • 8 oz. cream cheese softened
  • 2 cups grated cheddar cheese*
  • 1 ¼ cups Baking Mix
  • Fresh Parsley chopped, for garnishing
*Coca-Cola® Glaze*
  • 8.45 oz. Half of a 16.9 ounce bottle Coca-Cola® Zero Sugar
  • ½ cup brown sugar light or dark
  • 1 Tablespoon corn starch
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
  2. Add all ingredients for the sausage bites to a large bowl. Use your hands to mix until well-combined. It takes a bit of mixing to accomplish this but eventually you’ll have one uniform mixture.
  3. Roll the sausage mix into 1-inch balls and place them onto greased baking sheets.
  4. Bake for 20 minutes.
  5. While the sausage bites bake, combine the Coca-Cola Zero Sugar and the brown sugar in a small saucepan and heat over medium heat, stirring continuously.
  6. Whisk in the corn starch. Increase the heat to medium-high to bring the mixture to a light bubble, then decrease the heat to medium-low. Stir occasionally.
  7. Remove the sausage bites from the oven and ensure that they area lightly browned. Bake up to five additional minutes if needed.
  8. Add the sausage bites to the Coca-Cola glaze in batches, ensuring that they are well-coated on all sides. Place onto a serving dish as you coat them.
  9. Insert toothpicks for serving and sprinkle with freshly chopped parsley. Enjoy!
Recipe Notes

⭐TIP: For even more spice, you can mix some hot habanero cheese into the mix along with the cheddar!

⭐TIP: Club Pick Up makes it easy to grab everything you need for this recipe at your local Sam’s Club so that you can get everything you need for holiday entertaining in a snap! 

Nutrition Information
Calories: 83, Fat: 5g, Saturated Fat: 2g, Cholesterol: 16mg, Sodium: 141mg, Potassium: 41mg, Carbohydrates: 4g, Sugar: 2g, Protein: 3g, Vitamin A: 2.4%, Vitamin C: 0.1%, Calcium: 4.5%, Iron: 1.4%
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