A 15 minute meal that will cost you less than $5 to prepare. This BBQ Smoked Sausage and Couscous is a weeknight family meal that everyone will enjoy!
School is about to start and that has had me working on a big list of easy meals that I can get on the table quickly. Between homework, extra curricular classes and some kind of family time our nights will be jam packed soon. Not to mention nighttime routines like baths, lunch packing and setting clothes out for the next day.
I need some super easy meals that will get everyone full without spending an hour in the kitchen prepping and cooking. This recipe is one of my go to meals when I haven’t planned something for dinner because even if the sausage is frozen it comes together really quickly.
Once you have made it a time or two, you won’t even need a recipe! This BBQ smoked sausage and couscous recipe is versatile, easy and cheap.
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BBQ Smoked Sausage And Couscous
My little boy started exclaiming “a hot dog, a hot dog” today when he saw his plate on the table this evening. He loves hot dogs (and even though this isn’t a hot dog that just shows you how easy this will be to get your kids to eat!) It combines saucy sausage with cheesy couscous. What’s not to like?
What You Need
- Smoked Sausage
- Parmesan Couscous
- Chicken Broth
- Pale Ale Mustard Based BBQ Sauce
- Parsley (For Garnish – Optional)
Start by slicing the sausage in about 1 inch pieces.
Pour 2/3 cup chicken broth into a skillet over medium heat. Add in the sausage.
Allow the sausage to absorb/cook down almost all of the liquid and the sausage to brown slightly.
Once almost all of the liquid is absorbed, add 3 tablespoons of bbq sauce to the sausage and simmer for about 5 minutes on low. The small amount of chicken broth combined with the BBQ sauce will create a thick glaze.
Meanwhile, prepare your couscous according to the package directions.
To serve, spoon couscous onto the plate and serve the sausage on top. Sprinkle with a little parsley.
I usually serve this with a side salad or tonight, we ate it with a bag of frozen green peas that I warmed while cooking the BBQ smoked sausage and couscous.
Why I Love This Meal
BBQ smoke sausage and couscous is a meal that I have been making for about 6 years now. I love it for several reasons and I will share those with you! These little tricks may make this a staple meal in your house too!
- My whole family loves it! All the kids, teens to a 1 year old love it. No one ever complains and they always eat their meal.
- It is so versatile. Don’t have Parmesan Couscous? Use regular. No chicken broth? Saute the sausage in olive oil or a dry white wine. No Pale Ale Mustard BBQ sauce? Use a traditional bbq sauce. I have done all of these & it is always still yummy.
- I always have the ingredients! Just about every time I go to the store I grab a box of couscous and a rope of sausage. So I always have the stuff to make this simple supper.
- Inexpensive. The cost to make this meal is low and makes for a budget friendly family meal. Read more about this below.
Cost of BBQ Smoked Sausage and Couscous Meal
Aside from the ease of preparation and the fact that my kids will eat this without complaints, the cost is my next favorite thing. Since this meal uses just a few simple ingredients, you can keep your costs down while feeding your family.
Smoked Sausage – $2.50
Couscous – $1.55
Pale Ale BBQ – $3.19 At Kroger (.319 for 3 tablespoons)
Chicken Broth – $1.35 32 ounces ( .22 for 2/3 cup)
Total: $4.589 or about $1.15 per serving
This recipe feeds our family of four. We do have two small children at our normal dinner table so they are not big eaters but my husband is a big eater and it works out to serve our family well.
If my husband’s teen girls are over, I will double the recipe.
Favorite Cooking Necessities
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3 Ingredient Slow Cooker Pulled Pork
Pimento Cheese Chicken Spaghetti
- 1 Smoked Sausage Link Rope (14 oz)
- 2/3 Cup Chicken Broth
- 3 TBSP Pale Ale BBQ Sauce (or Your Favorite Bbq Sauce)
- 1 Box Parmesan Couscous
- 1 Tsp parsley (Optional Garnish)
- Slice the smoked sausage into 1 inch pieces.
- Add 2/3 cup chicken broth to a medium skillet and add sliced sausage.
- Cook sausage/broth over medium heat until most of the broth is absorbed and sausage is lightly browned.
- Reduce heat to low and add 3 Tablespoons of BBQ sauce to sausage and mix until all pieces are well covered.
- Sprinkle with parsley if desired.
- In another pot, prepare the couscous as directed on box.
- To serve, place desired amount of couscous on plate, top it with the BBQ smoked sausage.
THIS is brilliant! Love how easy the recipe is laid out and the price brake-down at the end. Aldi is my favorite place to shop…I guess I have some type of adhd but too many options and busy grocery stores agitate and stress me out. The only reasons I stop shopping at Aldi is when my husband begins to complain about my cooking lol. He is an incredibly talented chef who makes dishes like 2 days ago skillet sea bass with a caper butter reduction pared with roasted carrots and Brussel sprouts. Obviously I’m not getting those ingredients from Aldi. But when he’s cooking our grocery bill is well over $400 for a week and he usually works later than I do so it’s a challenge on who is in charge of the kitchen. I need several fast and easy weeknight dinners to make for the family…even if I’m the only appreciative one lol
Stacy Craft says
Liz, thanks for the note and I’m excited for you to try the recipe! It is one of our family favorites. I love a simple meal that I can make so quickly after work! Maybe one day I’ll have time to make a skillet sea bass at home! Sounds amazing but for now I’ll have to stick to choosing that a restaurant!