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Little Smokies, smothered in a sweet tangy BBQ sauce are one of the easiest, most loved appetizers out there. These are guaranteed to disappear whether it’s for a party or dinner, these are just too tasty and fun not to eat.

I love bringing a meaty type dish to add some protein and something savory to an occasion. Similar to Easy chipotle Honey Meatballs, Sweet and Sour Meatballs, or Meatloaf Meatballs, these are meaty, and the perfect dish to counter all the sweet. Grab a toothpick and dig in!

Savory, rich and flavorful BBQ Little Smokies in the slow cooker.

Crockpot Little Smokies

Everyone loves these little smokies, whether you’re entertaining, taking them to a party or serving them for dinner. Savory little smoked sausages are the perfect companion for your favorite BBQ sauce, sweetened with a bit of sugar and tang. It’s a crowd pleaser for sure! They are just perfect for any occasion.

These are rich and flavorful and so super easy. Just add it all to the crock pot for a few hours and your ready to go. It’s so nice to be able to set it and forget it. the crock pot will do all the work for you. They are versatile, easy and so delicious.

BBQ Little Smokies Ingredients

Simple ingredients for a great appetizer or meal!

  • Little Smokies: Use two 16 oz packages of any kind of smokies
  • Barbecue Sauce: Use your favorite BBQ Sauce, store bought or try my homemade BBQ Sauce
  • Ketchup: Adds a little bit of tang
  • Brown Sugar: Brings on more of a sweetness
  • Worcestershire Sauce: Your going to love the extra meaty flavor it adds
  • Garlic Powder: Flavor enhancer
  • Paprika: Spice and color

Making Little Smokies Appetizers

Throw it in and forget about it, the best kind of recipes.

  1. Slow Cooker: Place the smokies in the bottom of the crockpot.
  2. Mix: In a medium sized bowl combine the rest of the ingredients and mix well.
  3. Pour:  Pour the sauce over the smokies and cook on low for 2-3 hours.

Ingredients for making the sauce for Little Smokies.

What are Slow Cooker Little Smokies

  • Name: These are also known as cocktail sausages or cocktail weenies.
  • Meat: These are basically miniature smoked pork sausages. They are already cooked. There are different brands and types and all will work in this recipe.
  • How to cook: Very similar to Hot Dogs you can cook them same. Either boil, fry or microwave or as in this recipe, slow cook them. They are very versatile and will work in many different recipes although this is our favorite.
  • Where to find: You can find these in the refrigerated meat section close to the hot dogs in most grocery stores.

Sauce being poured over little smokies in the slow cooker.

Tips, Variations, Storing Best Little Smokies Recipe

  • Sugar: You can swap out the sugar for grape, or apple jelly. Cranberry sauce is also a great substitute. Using a dark brown sugar will give it a hint of molasses flavor.
  • BBQ Sauce: You can trade out the BBQ sauce with Chili Sauce and if you use a sweet BBQ sauce you can use less to no sugar.
  • Sweet and Sour: Trade out your BBQ sauce with your favorite sweet and sour sauce
  • Smokies: You can use meatballs instead of little smokies with great success.
  • Storing: Leftovers will keep in the fridge in an airtight container for up to 4 days. These also freeze well in a freezer safe container for up to 3 months.
  • Reheat: Simply reheat leftovers in the microwave or in a pot on the stove till just heated through.

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Little Smokies

4.86 from 7 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Little Smokies, smothered in a sweet tangy BBQ sauce are one of the easiest, most loved appetizers out there. These are guaranteed to disappear whether it's for a party or dinner, these are just too tasty and fun not to eat.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 8 People



  • In a slow cooker add the little smokies to the bottom. In a medium sized bowl combine the barbecue sauce, ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire sauce, garlic powder and paprika.
  • Pour the sauce over the smokies and cook on low for 2-3 hours.



*Can also use my Homemade BBQ Sauce Recipe to replace the sauce ingredients.


Calories: 139kcalCarbohydrates: 33gProtein: 1gFat: 1gSaturated Fat: 1gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 712mgPotassium: 202mgFiber: 1gSugar: 28gVitamin A: 228IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 28mgIron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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About Alyssa Rivers

Alyssa Rivers is the author of 'The Tried and True Cookbook', a professional food photographer and experienced recipe-developer. Having a passion for cooking, her tried and true recipes have been featured on Good Morning America, Today Food, Buzzfeed and more.

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  1. 5 stars
    This was perfect! I know little smokies in the crockpot seems like an easy standard recipe. But, actually to make them the right taste, it need to be the right stuff. I have never gotten along with the jelly recipes. This is just right to give them the right smokey, meat taste they deserve! Thank you!

    1. I’m pretty sure,no I’m 100% sure, there isn’t someone sitting in front of computer waiting to respond at a moments notice to your request for recipes.People that provide these recipes are working jobs,watching kids etc.Pinterest is full of recipes.You don’t have to request recipes

  2. 5 stars
    My mother-in-law used to make a similar recipe and it was so good I will be trying this next time I have a potluck. thank you for sharing.

  3. 5 stars
    These are good with equal parts BBQ sauce and the grape jelly/chili sauce you make for your crackpot meatballs. I am so happy to have found your site. You cook like my 90 year old mother.😊

  4. 5 stars
    I found this recipe just in time for a party! Made a double batch and it was a big hit! Definitely will use it again!

  5. Hello on one of your recipes for little smokies
    You have ketchup brown sugar garlic powder paprika and Worcestershire sauce if you don’t have one of those ingredients can you substitute it for something else. I don’t have the last one I name so what can I use I’m making them tonight for a snack while I fix dinner.

    1. They taste much better if you fry the lil smokies in a cast iron or nonstick pan over medium low heat untill they brown up a bit before adding them to the slow cooker and sauce.

  6. 5 stars
    These are excellent! I quadrupled the recipe for a party and realized I definitely didn’t need to make so much sauce. The original recipe would take 2-3x more little smokies without a problem. It’s pretty saucy.