Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe (Cocktail Sausages)
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Quick and easy crockpot little smokies recipe with 3 simple ingredients- These cocktail sausages are a great appetizer for parties, game day, super bowl!
If you like these One Pot Grape Jelly Little Smokies, you are going to love today’s crockpot little smokies.
They require 5 minutes of prep time only and they are so easy to serve as well! Kids and adults, both, love them because they are so flavorful and easy to eat with a toothpick.
They are slightly sweet, tangy and sticky with a smoky flavor.
Also known as cocktail smokies, cocktail sausages, cocktail wieners, cocktail weenies or crockpot smokies!
How to cook little smokies? How to make little smokies recipes? How to make cocktail sausages?
- Combine jelly and bbq sauce in a crockpot.
- Mix in mini sausages.
- Cook on high for 2 – 3 hours until sausages are warm and sauce is smooth.
What to serve with the best little smokies recipe?
Typically, they are served on their own as an appetizer but you can also make something hearty like an “American bangers and mash” and serve them over these One Pot Creamy Mashed Potatoes.
Variations of bbq little smokies recipe/ grape jelly little smokies recipe
-Add 1-2 tbsp finely minced garlic to make garlic smokies.
-Replace grape jelly with apricot jam/jelly for a fruity flavor.
-Some people also like to add 1/4 cup tomato ketchup to add a hint of tomato flavor.
-If you are serving these at Thanksgiving or Christmas, replace grape jelly with cranberry jelly.
-Replace jelly with crushed pineapples to make sweet and sour smokies.
-If you don’t have grape jelly, you can add brown sugar to make brown sugar little smokies.
Crockpot Little smokies sauce/ Little smokies in bbq sauce/ Grape jelly bbq sauce
The sauce is made by combining together equal parts of grape jelly and BBQ sauce. These quantities can obviously be adjusted, based on your preference. You can use any brand of bbq sauce and grape jelly you like. You can also use homemade versions.
Little smokies grape jelly chili sauce
This is another very popular version. Basically, add some chili sauce and/or red chili flakes and/or jalapeños to give everything a subtle spicy kick. Some people replace bbq sauce entirely with chili sauce and that tastes wonderful as well.
Little smokies appetizer
Serve them at birthday parties, New year’s parties, Christmas parties and even game day/ football season and they will disappear quickly. If you serve them in the slow cooker on the “Warm” setting, they will continue to stay warm and you don’t have to keep reheating.
There are many appetizer recipes for little smokies sausages.
My favorites are bacon wrapped smokies, pigs in a blanket and these cocktail wieners.
Tip for easy slow cooker little smokies
-If you don’t have mini sausages, you can use hot dogs or other sliced sausages of your choice.
-You can also make these with store-bough pre-cooked meatballs instead of mini sausages.
-Liquid smoke is optional. Bbq sauce already has a mild smoky flavor but my family just really loves it and I add a little for them.
-Recipe can easily be doubled to feed a bigger crowd.
-Do not use a smoky bbq sauce because the smoky flavor becomes overwhelming. Just use regular bbq sauce.
Other One Pot Appetizer Recipes
Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe
- 1 cup Grape jelly
- 1 cup BBQ sauce
- 1/8 tsp Liquid smoke, Optional
- 2 packages Little smokies, E.g. 16 oz. packages (or mini beef sausages or wieners)
- In the slow cooker, add grape jelly barbecue sauce, liquid smoke (optional) and mix everything together. Don't worry about the lumps because they will eventually dissolve.
- Add smokies and combine everything together.
- Cook on "High" heat for 2-3 hours.
- Mix everything together.
- Garnish with chopped parsley, if you like and enjoy!
- Read all my tips above.
- Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days.
Happy cooking everyone!