Crowd-Pleasing Crockpot Little Smokies

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Crockpot Little Smokies are a classic party food and a guaranteed crowd-pleaser! Mini sausages are coated in a simple sauce made from the combination of chili sauce and grape jelly in this 3-ingredient make-ahead crockpot recipe.

This slow cooker appetizer is perfect for your next get-together or family gathering and is sure to become one of your favorite appetizers. The sausages taste smoky and spicy, and the sweet sauce caramelizes on them for a fantastic combination of flavors.

And it is a true set-it-and-forget-it recipe, which requires no chopping, sauteing, or really no prep at all other than opening some jars! That makes it the ultimate no-fuss appetizer.

Whether serving it at a football game day, a birthday party, or just as a fun snack, this classic recipe will have everyone coming back for more. Delicious food doesn’t have to be complicated!

Looking for more easy appetizers? Check out jalapeno popper pinwheels, air fryer pretzel bites and crispy potato skins.

🫙3 Simple Ingredients

For exact amounts needed see the recipe card below

  • Little smokies
  • Grape jelly
  • Chili sauce
ingredients for slow cooker little smokies.

🥣How to Make Little Smokies in Slow Cooker

  1. Add sausages – Spray the slow cooker bowl with cooking spray. Then add the little smokies.
  2. Mix – In a medium bowl, stir together the grape jelly and chili sauce. Pour it over the sausages and mix well.
  3. Slow Cook – Cook the sausages for 4 hours on low or 2-3 hours on high.
making the sauce.
Make the sauce
ingredients in crock pot.
Ingredients in Crockpot

🍴Serving Ideas

These Crockpot Little Smokies are a fantastic appetizer for a party since they are a simple recipe that is easy to make ahead of time. Serve them with extra sauce for dipping.

Add some more appetizer recipes like Old Bay wings, air fryer jalapeno poppers, or bacon-wrapped water chestnuts for a great appetizer spread.

Or make these slow cooker Lil Smokies for dinner. You can serve them over mashed potatoes, rice, or noodles. Add a simple veggie for an easy, low-effort meal.

💭How to Store

Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3 days. Reheat the miniature sausages on the stove or in the microwave.

They can also be frozen. Put them in a freezer-safe container, and they will keep for 3 months. Thaw them overnight in the fridge. Then you can reheat them in a slow cooker or a saucepan on the stove.

little smokie ready for eating.

⭐Tips and Variations

Be sure to check out the step by step instructions

  • For easy cleanup, use a Crock Pot liner.
  • There are many flavor variations of little smokies, including beef, pork, or turkey. Any work well in this recipe.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of brown sugar to make the sauce even sweeter.
  • To add a bit of heat, stir in a few teaspoons of hot sauce. This will give the sauce a sweet and spicy taste.
  • Use toothpicks to make serving the cocktail sausages easy.
spoonful of little smokies from the crockpot.

📝FAQ

Can I make little smokies on the stove?

Yes, you can make these on the stovetop. Add the little smokies to a saucepan and cook on low heat. Be sure to stir the mixture frequently, so it doesn’t burn.

Are Little Smokies already cooked?

Yes, they are precooked cocktail sausages. So all you are doing in is warming them up.

Are Little Smokies and Cocktail Weenies the same thing?

Yes, these are two different names for the same product. They are tiny sausages that have been smoked for added flavor.

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little smokies after cooking in slow cooker.
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Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe

Published By Anne
This easy 3 ingredient recipe is perfect for a party! Crockpot Little Smokies have been popular for years, and are simple to make.
Prep Time5 minutes
Cook Time4 hours
Total Time4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 10
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Ingredients
 

  • 1 14- ounce package little smokies
  • 1 18- ounce jar grape jelly
  • 1 12- ounce bottle chili sauce

Instructions

  • Spray the slow cooker with cooking spray. Or use a crockpot liner for easy cleanup.
  • Add the smokies to the slow cooker.
    1 14- ounce package little smokies
  • In a separate mixing bowl, combine the grape jelly and chili sauce until they form a smooth mixture. Pour it over the sausages.
    1 18- ounce jar grape jelly, 1 12- ounce bottle chili sauce
  • Stir the smokies and sauce to ensure they are evenly coated.
  • Cover the slow cooker with its lid and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or 2-3 hours on high.
  • Stir the smokies and sauce again before serving.

Notes

  • There are many flavor variations of little smokies, including beef, pork, or turkey. Any work well in this recipe.
  • Stir in 1/4 cup of brown sugar to make the sauce even sweeter.
  • To add a bit of heat, stir in a few teaspoons of hot sauce. This will give the sauce a sweet and spicy taste.
  • Use toothpicks to make serving the cocktail sausages easy.

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Nutrition Information

Calories: 312kcal | Carbohydrates: 45g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 12g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Cholesterol: 27mg | Sodium: 946mg | Potassium: 251mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 32g | Vitamin A: 251IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 23mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition facts are estimates.

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