Slow Cooker Little Smokies

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Little Smokies are plenty tasty on their own, but just wait until you try slow cooking them in this sweet and tangy sauce. Barbecue sauce, grape jelly, and hint of sriracha make these little weenies burst with juicy flavors.

Everything you could want in an easy appetizer for parties or tailgating is found in this scrumptious recipe. Serve with a side of potato salad for the perfect tailgating meal!

Crock-Pot little smokies in a bowl

What are Little Smokies?

You might know these little guys as cocktail sausages or cocktail weenies. Little Smokies are miniature smoked pork sausages that are found in the refrigerated meat section of most grocery stores. They are as easy to prepare as hot dogs. You can boil, fry or microwave them. Or, as in this recipe here slow simmer them in a tasty sauce in a crockpot and serve hot.

Because they are bite-sized, they make perfect appetizers. They also make an easy dinner or lunch tucked inside mini slider buns or over rice.

Ingredients for Crock-Pot Little Smokies on a marble board

How to Make Little Smokies

If you love no-fuss recipes, then you’ll love Little Smokies. There’s no prepping to speak of unless you count tearing open a couple of packages!

  1. Toss everything into the slow cooker.
  2. Set on low and cook for 2 – 3 hours.

The sauce will thicken and produce a sticky sweet and sour like glaze on the sausages that is so yummy.

Stove Top

Add all ingredients to a saucepan and cook on low for about 20 minutes stirring occasionally.

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  • Apple jelly or even marmalade or cranberry sauce can substitute for the grape jelly with equally good results.
  • Swap out bbq sauce for ketchup or chili sauce.
  • Trade little smokies for cooked meatballs (or add both!). This recipe works with chopped hot dogs or smoked sausage as well.
  • Swap out the sauce for store bought or homemade sweet and sour sauce.

What to Make With Little Smokies

Just like in pigs in a blanket, these little smokies go well with all kinds of bread served as little sliders. The sauce is a sweet and sour type sauce so it’s also great over rice.


Leftovers will keep in the fridge for up to four days or in the freezer for up to four months. Store in tightly covered containers or freezer bags.

Reheating is easy in the microwave or oven, with no need to thaw in advance. As the saying goes, good things come in small packages, and that’s definitely true with these Little Smokies.

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Review Recipe

Little Smokies

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Just 4 ingredients and minimal prep this is the perfect appetizer!


  • 2 packages little smokies 16 ounces each
  • 1 cup bbq sauce
  • ½ cup grape jelly
  • 1 teaspoon sriracha optional

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

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
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