Crockpot Little Smokies – The Cookie Rookie®

You are going to adore this deliciously simple little smokies recipe! so quick to prep, they are cooked in a sweet and tangy BBQ sauce in the Crockpot for an effortless appetizer that everyone will love.

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Slow Cooker Little Smokies

Whenever we are hosting game day, there’s always a few must haves on the menu, wings, queso dip and some little smokies! Can anyone say perfection?!

These Crockpot little smokies are so perfect for entertaining, it’s a dump and go recipe that you can set and forget. Start cooking them before your guests arrive and then serve them up hot during the game.

Be sure to try my stovetop little smokies too!

Why You’ll Love this Little Smokies Recipe:

  • ONE POT: All made in the slow cooker, even the clean up is a breeze! I love how it frees up your oven too if you are planning a big feast!
  • SO EASY: Just dump the cocktail sausages and sauce into the Crockpot and set it to cook. Appetizers don’t get much easier!
  • BUDGET FRIENDLY: You only need 5 simple ingredients to make this recipe, so you can easily entertain without breaking the bank.

Perfect for feeding a crowd, cooking up a big batch of little smokies couldn’t be easier or tastier!

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How to Make Crockpot Little Smokies

Be sure to see the recipe card below for full ingredients & instructions!

  1. Place the cocktail sausages in the crockpot.
  2. Mix together the sauce in a bowl.
  3. Pour the sauce over the little smokies and stir well.
  4. Cook and enjoy!

Little Smokies Recipe Notes

  • Little Smokies: There are a variety of little smokies brands, also known as cocktail sausages. Use any brand you prefer. Brands also vary in weight with most packages between 12-16 ounces. This recipe will work with any of these sizes! 
  • Grape Jelly: Adds a complimentary flavor and some sweetness to this easy appetizer. 
  • Cayenne: Adds a bit of spice to the little smokies but you can omit this ingredient if you prefer a mild flavor (or reduce to ¼ teaspoon).
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little smokies in a crockpot
What are little smokies?

These miniature sausages are usually made of pork and are also known as cocktail sausages or cocktail weenies. They are very similar to hot dogs in taste, and that’s where you’ll find them in the store.

Are little smokies already cooked?

Yes, like hot dogs, these are already cooked so they just need to be heated through. They are safe to eat cold right out of the package, but are much tastier served hot in a sauce!

What size crockpot is best for this recipe?

I used my 6 quart slow cooker for this recipe, but a 3 or 4 quart one should work well too, as would a larger one.

What is the best way to serve little smokies?

Once your little smokies are ready to serve, transfer them to a large bowl and serve with some cocktail sticks and let everyone at them!

Serving Suggestions

Serve these Crockpot little smokies alongside your other favorite game day apps like…

These little sausages are all always a crowd pleaser, and the grape jelly and BBQ sauce make these irresistible!

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  • Leftovers will keep well in the fridge for up to 4 days and can be heated through in a pot on the stovetop.
  • If you don’t like things spicy, you can skip adding the cayenne. If you like things extra hot, feel free to add a little more!
  • Make sure that the little smokies are well coated in the sauce before setting to cook.

If you are feeding a crowd, this is one way to keep them happy! Sweet, tangy, smokey and a little bit spicy, these are a sure fire hit!

Can I freeze these little smokies?

Definitely! Allow them to cool completely before adding to a freezer-safe container. Freeze for up to 1 month. Thaw in the refrigerator before re-heating in a crockpot or on the stovetop.

What BBQ sauce is best?

Use your favorite, either store-bought or homemade!

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Simple to prep and cook, these Crockpot little smokies are such an effortless way to keep hungry mouths happy during game day!

If you make this recipe be sure to upload a photo in the comment section below or leave a rating. Enjoy!

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