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Grape Jelly Little Smokies (One Pot)

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Quick and easy grape jelly little smokies recipe that’s ready in 30 minutes in one pot on the stovetop, using simple ingredients.

Grape Jelly Little Smokies Recipe

These are a hit at every party I host. Also known as grape jelly cocktail weenies or cocktail smokies, they make a great appetizer, snack, or side dish that is sure to please your guests. They are perfect for serving at the Super Bowl, movie night, game night and especially football season. It’s just as delicious as these other smokies appetizers: Crockpot Little Smokies (Cocktail Sausages) and Easy Pigs in a Blanket.

Key Ingredients

  • Barbecue sauce- Use your favorite type.
  • Grape jelly- You can also use grape jam.
  • Salt- Adjust according to your preference.
  • Pepper– Adds just a little spice that can be adjusted.
  • Garlic powder- Brings in a complimentory undertone.
  • Paprika– Adds both color and flavor.
  • Chili Sauce- This is optional but adds a kick.
  • Mini sausages- A perfect size for snacking.

How to Make Little Smokies/ How to Cook Little Smokies


  • Add different herbs and spices– That you already have in your pantry to give it a completely different flavor profile, every time.
  • Mustard version- Add 1-2 tbsp mustard paste to the mix.
  • Spice them up- By adding in 1-2 tbsp chili sauce, Sriracha sauce or some red chili flakes.
  • Sweet and sour– Replace jelly with crushed pineapples.
  • Ketchup version- Add 1/4 cup ketchup for a tomato flavor.
  • Sweeten them- By adding in brown sugar, honey, or molasses. You can even omit the jelly and just use brown sugar.
  • Use a crockpot/Slow cooker- I recommend using a liner in your crockpot to make clean up a breeze.
  • Substitute grape jelly– With apricot or cranberry jam/jelly for a different fruity flavor.
  • Pigs in a blanket- Cut crescent roll dough into triangles. Roll the meat in the them and bake for 12 – 15 minutes at 375 degrees.
  • Bacon wrapped- You can also wrap smokies in bacon and bake them for a delicious, savory snack.
  • Garlic version- Add 1-2 tbsp finely minced garlic for a different flavor profile.
  • Mac and Cheese- Make this recipe and add it to some store bought or homemade macaroni and cheese. You can cut up the sausages into smaller pieces, reduce the sauce, and just make it your own, but the cheesy and smokey flavors compliment each other wonderfully.

How to make grape jelly mini sausages

  1. Mix all ingredients together- Excluding sausages, into a non-stick saucepan.
  2. Stir in sausages– So they are fully coated.
  3. Cook on high– Until cooked through.

One Pot Little Smokies Grape Jelly

What to serve with cocktail weenies?

They are usually enjoyed on their own but you can serve them with:

Tips and techniques

  • If your sauce is too thin– Cook for longer on medium heat until the liquid is reduced.
  • If your sauce is too thick- Add a little water to thin it out.
  • For a party– You can double or triple this recipe to serve a bigger crowd.
  • Adjust the amount of chili paste– Based on your preference or you can also omit it entirely.
  • If you don’t have mini sausages– You can easily find them at Walmart, but if you are in a pinch and need to use something else, hot dogs cut in smaller pieces or other sliced sausages of your choice work well. Each will have a different flavor, but still delicious. Meatballs are also a great substitute. In fact, you may like to make these Cocktail Meatballs (One Pot).
  • Brand preference- I don’t have a huge preference on the brand of sausage to get for this dish, though many say they prefer Hillshire. Just keep in mind that the higher quality, the better.
Easy Grape Jelly Little Smokies Recipes

Recipe FAQs

What are little sausages made of?

They are a conglomeration of various meats, compacted into little mini sausage rolls.

What if the sauce is too thin/thick?

If the sauce is too thin, simply cook it for longer on medium heat until the liquid is reduced. If it gets too thick then you can add in a little water to thin it out.

How to make grape jelly BBQ Sauce?

In a non-stick saucepan, add bbq sauce, grape jelly, salt, pepper, any other herbs and spices you like. Cook on medium heat until you have a smooth consistency.


  • Room temperature- When dealing with any meat, you don’t want to leave it out for more than 2 hours.
  • Refrigerate– Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 
  • Freeze– Allow to cool, then place in a sealed container in the freezer for up to 1 month.
  • Make ahead- You can make these smokies up to 2 days ahead of time and store them in an airtight container in the fridge.
  • Reheat- They can be reheated in the microwave or on the stovetop. If frozen, thaw in the fridge before reheating.

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One Pot Grape Jelly Little Smokies

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Quick and easy grape jelly little smokies that’s ready in 30 minutes in one pot on the stovetop, using simple ingredients. Great appetizer or snack!
Yield: 10 Servings



  • In a non-stick saucepan, add bbq sauce, grape jelly, salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, chili sauce and cook on medium heat until everything is combined.
  • Add mini sausages and stir everything together.
  • Cover and cook for about 8 minutes.
  • Garnish with finely sliced green onions and enjoy. 


  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 2 days. 



Calories: 395kcal
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: American
Calories: 395
Author: Abeer

8 comments on “Grape Jelly Little Smokies (One Pot)”

  1. Such a classic and so perfect for entertaining!

  2. Such an amazing flavor! Looks so incredible!

  3. mmm..these look SO tasty! I can’t wait to try them!

  4. Love these. Would be perfect for a small appetizer.

  5. I’m sure these go very quickly at parties! Such a great appetizer!

  6. These are sure to be a hit at parties!

  7. I used to make these years ago. So happy to try again. Thanks for your recipe suggestions.

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