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Try Crockpot Little Smokies for a quick and easy appetizer idea without any work. With just 3 simple ingredients, this recipe comes together easily in the slow cooker for the best little smokies recipe. The sauce is so delicious and flavorful.

BBQ Little Smokies in a crock pot with a wooden spoon in it.
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You just need 3 ingredients for this simple but amazing BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot Recipe! It is our new favorite appetizers for any party. From football food for game day, to a New Years Eve Appetizer, this cocktail weenie recipe will impress your family or guests.

Also try Beanie Weenies, Candied Bacon, Poor Man’s Burnt Ends or Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Smokies.

Why This Recipe Works

This Crock Pot Lil Smokies is a crowd pleaser and is super easy to make. The 3 simple ingredients combination makes the little smokies taste amazing.

We usually serve as an appetizer but you can also serve as a side dish recipe. These little smokies cook perfectly in a mini crock pot. Check out more mini crock pot recipes.

We love to make these as a Easy 4th of July Appetizers.

Ingredients

Ingredients to make this recipe: Little Smokies, grape jelly and BBQ sauce
  • Little Smokies – around 30 oz, but you can add more smokies if you want. This recipe is very easy to double for a party.
  • Barbecue sauce – Any store bought barbecue sauce will work. We also have a homemade barbecue recipe that would work perfectly too.
  • Grape Jelly – Any inexpensive jelly will work.

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Little Smokie Recipe Variations

  • They can be made into mini corn dogs
  • Wrapped in bacon
  • Make them into Pigs in a Blanket with crescent rolls.
  • Serve them with Diced Pineapple

How to Make Little Smokies

  • Step 1 – Place a crock pot liner in the crock pot if you want an easy clean up. Then place the little smokies inside.
  • Step 2 – Pour the grape jelly and the BBQ sauce over the smokies.
Mini crock pot filled with little smokes and topped with jelly and BBQ sauce
  • Step 3 – Stir to combine.
  • Step 4 – Cook on low for 2-3 hours, or on high for 1.5 hours.
  • Step 5 – Stir and then serve crockpot BBQ little smokies.

Recipe Tips

  • Use Crock pot Liners. I like to use crock pot liners to make clean up a breeze. These plastic bags are worth every penny and save a ton of time.
  • Add in brown sugar – if you want your cocktail weenies more sweet then add in ¼ cup of brown sugar. Dark brown sugar or light brown sugar will work.
  • Worcestershire Sauce – Consider adding a splash of Worcestershire Sauce. This will add a tangy flavor to the smokes sausages.
  • Use toothpicks – Serve little smokies with toothpicks so your family or guests can pick up what they want to snack on.
  • Stir in crumbled bacon – For a different flavor, stir in crumbled bacon. Simply cook bacon until crisp. Then crumble and stir in when you add in the other ingredients.
A large spoonful of BBQ little smokies being served out of a small crock pot.

Serving Suggestions

There are so many delicious appetizer recipes that we love. It is a ton of fun to make a bunch of different appetizers for a party.

If you love smokies, make sure you also try this Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe. 

How Long Will BBQ lil’ Smokies Last in the Fridge?

You can store leftovers in the refrigerator for up to 4 days in an airtight container.

These also freeze well. If you have leftover smokies, allow them to cool completely and place them in a freezer bag. Then freeze.

Frequently Asked Questions

How to Serve Little Smokies

When we are serving these Little Smokies, we keep them in the crock pot. We keep a spoon nearby or you can have jar of toothpicks.
I always make sure to serve with more BBQ sauce on the side. This is perfect for those that want extra BBQ sauce for dipping.

Are Cocktail Weenies the same as Little Smokies?

Yes, cocktail sausages are the same as little smokies. They are actually beef or pork tiny sausage with smoke flavoring. That is where they get their name little smokies.

Are Little smokies already cooked?

Little smokies are pre-cooked. All you are doing is warming them up. I love cooking these lil smokies in the slow cooker. They can also be heated through on the stove top, oven or microwave.

All 3 ingredients mixed together and in a crock pot.

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We love this little smokies in crockpot recipe. Make sure if you make it that you leave a comment or a star review.

Close up of BBQ Little Smokies in a small black crock pot.

Crockpot Little Smokies

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Try this easy BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot Recipe with the best little smokies sauce! This is the best of lil smokies recipes.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings 12
Cuisine American
Course Appetizer
Calories 313

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Instructions

  • Place a crock pot liner in the crock pot if you want an easy clean up. Then place the little smokies inside.
  • Pour the grape jelly and the BBQ sauce over the smokies.
  • Stir to combine.
  • Cook on low for 2-3 hours, or on high for 1.5 hours.
  • Stir and then serve.

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Recipe Notes

You just need 3 ingredients for this simple but amazing BBQ Little Smokies Crock Pot Recipe!

Nutrition Facts

Calories 313kcal, Carbohydrates 25g, Protein 9g, Fat 19g, Saturated Fat 6g, Cholesterol 45mg, Sodium 975mg, Potassium 194mg, Sugar 19g, Vitamin A 55IU, Vitamin C 2mg, Calcium 20mg, Iron 1.1mg

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Comments

  1. Levella says:

    🙂

  2. Rhonda says:

    5 stars
    This has always been a holiday favorite recipe. I changed out the grape Jelly last time with orange marmalade…. awesome!!!

  3. Sydney schmidt says:

    5 stars
    Made these little smokies many times. So easy and so tasty. Somehow I never make enough Everyone always asks for the recipe

  4. Ginger Haggerty says:

    5 stars
    Can’t wait to make this.

  5. Carrie says:

    As long as the ingredients fit into the crock pot, it will be large enough for this recipe. Generally, I use a minimum of a 3 quart crock pot but you could easily just fill up your 1.5 or 2 quart with the ingredients and cook them from there.

  6. Lizzy Negrini says:

    5 stars
    great easy set it and forget it recipe. Everyone loved them and they grape jelly was a surprising ingredient to use but worked so well. I have made them several times even with the large link sausage I just sliced them up.

  7. Jess says:

    What is the minimum size crockpot for this recipe? Would a 1.5 or 2 qt be too small?

  8. Donna Y says:

    5 stars
    I have also made these substituting canned chili (without beans). The chili and grape jelly gives it a zesty flavor and people seem to really like it. There is never any left over.

  9. Carrie says:

    Oh great idea! I’m so glad that it was still delicious with those alternatives!

  10. Robin says:

    I made them Keto by using sugar free bbq sauce and sugar free jelly. Still very good.

  11. Carrie says:

    You can thicken the sauce with a cornstarch slurry (1/4 cup cold water and 1 Tbsp cornstarch) or you can use Xantham Gum to thicken the sauce as well. Thank you

  12. Rebecca Kesner says:

    The BBQ sauce got thin & watery heating these up. Any tips on how to keep the sauce from getting watery?

  13. Helen Ogburn says:

    5 stars
    Yessss, I made these for Christmas. I use Kraft Sweet & Spicy, Spicy Honey, Sweet Brown Sugar & Grape Jelly ??

  14. Pam C Booker says:

    5 stars
    Easy to make & everybody loves them when we gather for game day!

  15. Tamara Acton says:

    5 stars
    This is a keeper! My family loves these, a easy recipe for any get- together.

  16. Paula Cartlidge says:

    5 stars
    sorry forgot to rate 5 stars

  17. Paula Cartlidge says:

    MY husband loves this we make it all the time for game day

  18. Lori says:

    Theresa..what kind of mustard and how much? That sounds yummy..ty

  19. Cathy Jaspers says:

    Delicious!! Great alternative, or in combination with cheese and crackers type snacks, to have with cocktails.

  20. NayNay says:

    5 stars
    Don’t know why this post put question marks ? when they were exclamation points ?

  21. NayNay says:

    5 stars
    That’s how I make mine! ?? I never said anything to my Honey because if I told him he wouldn’t eat it ?

  22. Anna says:

    Trying it ,there in the crockpot now, we’ll see, I expect them to be awesome!!!!!

  23. Theresa Perron says:

    These are great! I add mustard instead of BBQ sauce to make it sweet and sour.

  24. peach kiss says:

    5 stars
    These are great! I add mustard instead of BBQ sauce to make it sweet and sour.

  25. peach kiss says:

    5 stars
    These are the best! I add mustard instead of BBQ sauce it makes it sweet and sour!

  26. peach kiss says:

    5 stars
    THESE ARE GREAT AND EVERYONE LOVES THEM! If you want sweet and sour add mustard instead of bbq sauce

  27. Carrie says:

    Yay! I’m so glad to hear this Christine. Thank you for sharing 🙂

  28. Christine @ myblissfulmess says:

    5 stars
    This is one of the things I served at our 2019 St. Patrick’s Day party. They are so simple, yet once I put them out on the buffet table, folks just flocked around them. They couldn’t get enough!

  29. Lisa says:

    5 stars
    Loved the flavor!