Crockpot little smokies are the sweet and savory solution for a last-minute appetizer or snack!

Just toss four ingredients into the slow cooker, set it, and forget it!

cooked Slow Cooker Little Smokies

Little Smokies Make The Easiest Appetizer

  • Also known as cocktail weenies, little smokies are cooked in a thick sauce of grape jelly and bbq sauce with just a hint of sriracha ~ and they’re always a go-to fave at parties and potlucks!
  • Make these bite-sized appetizers using everyday ingredients and serve them with carrot and celery sticks.
  • Crowd-pleasing little smokies can be kept warm in the Crockpot so guests help themselves! Mix and match the sauce to the jelly and create your own signature little smokies recipe!
Ingredients for Crock-Pot Little Smokies on a marble board

Ingredients for Little Smokies in the Slow Cooker

Little Smokies – Open the package and toss them in. No need to thaw even if they’re frozen.

Bbq Sauce – Any flavor will do – hickory, mesquite, hot & spicy, or Kansas City style. Choose your favorite.

Grape Jelly – Adds the perfect sweetness and helps make the sauce thick to coat the little smokies. Try other jellies like apricot or even cranberry sauce.

Extras – Mix in some brown sugar, maple syrup or honey mustard for extra flavor. You can also wrap the little smokies with thin strips of bacon and secure them with a toothpick for a fun twist.

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How to Make Crock Pot Little Smokies

  1. Toss everything into the slow cooker as per recipe below.
  2. Set on low and cook for 2 – 3 hours.
  3. The sauce gets thick and turns into a glaze for the little smokies ~ it’s that easy!
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Slow Cooker Little Smokies

With just 4 ingredients and minimal prep, these Slow Cooker little smokies are the perfect appetizer!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
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  • 2 packages little smokies 16 ounces each
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • ½ cup grape jelly
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha optional


  • Combine all ingredients in a small slow cooker.
  • Cook on low 2-3 hours.
4.86 from 28 votes

Nutrition Information

Calories: 306 | Carbohydrates: 21g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 48mg | Sodium: 1025mg | Potassium: 196mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 53IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
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  1. My son begs me to make these! Even said he’d rather have these than a cake for his birthday!!5 stars

    1. That’s so fun! I love these little smokies so I completely understand his request.

  2. I had to come back and leave another review, this time based on a variant you mentioned. When I made this for my Thai family using the recipe as written, it was liked but family said it needs a lot more chili taste to it. So yesterday I made this with chili sauce and orange marmalade, and it is brilliant! The family raved about this, and a niece took the small amount of leftovers to work this morning. 10 stars for the original recipe, 15 stars for the chili sauce variant. Thanks, Holly, for the great recipe.5 stars

  3. One of the best ever smookies recipe i have ever tried so far. Thanks for sharing this recipe with all of us. Also do check out my special smookies recipe as well.5 stars

  4. I made this dish yesterday (family loved it) and served as a main dish with pinwheels and vegetables. This is actually my first time making the sauce with grape jelly, and that is absolutely brilliant. Thank you, Holly, for the quick and tasty recipe.5 stars

  5. I have made sweet/sour or bbq cocktail weiners and little smokies many times, but my recipe is: equal parts of ketchup and grape jelly. It gets compliments every time and I’ve even had requests for my bbq sauce recipe!!

    1. Totally disappointed. Won’t be rushing these again any time soon! Thankfully I only purchased 1 pkg of the cocktail weiners!1 star