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Crockpot Little Smokies

These Crockpot Little Smokies are an easy appetizer for any occasion! Made with tangy chili sauce, sweet grape jelly, and a dash of tart yellow mustard, these flavors all meld perfectly in the crockpot for an unforgettable combination. The little smokies are so tender and flavorful, you’ll be surprised how fast they run out!

Try some of our other amazing slow cooker appetizers like our Crockpot BBQ Meatballs, Slow Cooker Spinach Artichoke Dip, and Crockpot Jalapeño Corn Dip for your next game day or party!

Slow cooker little smokies on plates.

Crockpot Little Smokies

Crockpot Little Smokies only require 4 ingredients and less than 5 minutes of prep time! This appetizer really couldn’t be easier.

While there are tons of variations to this recipe (BBQ sauce is really popular) we’re going with a slightly more unique flavor combination. Chili sauce, grape jelly, and yellow mustard make up the sauce and is seriously such an addicting flavor combo.

The smokey flavor of the sausages pairs wonderfully. We do share tips for leftovers but I’d be shocked if you had any left at all! Crockpot Little Smokies are great for football game day parties (Superbowl anyone?) or large holiday parties!

How To Make Crockpot Little Smokies

These Little Smokies with Grape Jelly are a classic appetizer and the perfect party food!

  1. In a 7-quart Crockpot, pour in the jar of chili sauce, grape jelly, and quarter cup of yellow mustard. Stir to combine.
  2. Cover with the lid and cook on low for about an hour. The jelly should be completely melted.
Chili sauce, grape jelly and mustard in a slow cooker.
Chili sauce, grape jelly, and mustard stirred together in a slow cooker.
  1. Place the little smokies sausages into the sauce, stir to combine and coat. Replace the lid and cook covered for another 2 hours on low.
  2. Serve while warm as a snack or appetizer and enjoy!
Cocktail sausages stirred in a chili sauce.
Grape jelly cocktail weiners in slow cooker.

Tips for Crockpot Little Smokies

  • Once they’re cooked you can turn your crockpot to warm and serve them straight from there. Stir occasionally to keep the sausages coated in sauce. 
  • We used a 7-quart crock pot for this recipe. If yours is smaller you may want to consider halving the recipe to avoid overflow.
  • You can use beef, pork, turkey, or chicken sausages for this recipe. 
  • If you aren’t able to find little smokies, you can use other sausage sliced into bite sized pieces or even use meatballs!

Storage

Storage: You can store any leftover Little Smokies in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.

Reheating: Reheat by placing in the microwave for 30 seconds to a minute (depending on how many you’re reheating) until warmed through. Cover so the sauce doesn’t splatter while heating!

Top down view of a plate of little smokies.

Does the chili sauce make this dish spicy?

Nope! The chili sauce is more for flavor than spice. It has a tomato and vinegar base similar to ketchup but with more tangy flavor.

You can of course add some chili powder or a dash of cayenne if you’d like your Little Smokies to have a kick!

Do I have to use grape jelly?

Not a fan of the grape? No problem! Peach, blackberry, maybe even raspberry jelly would work as well. It’s really about the sweet and tangy flavors coming together so try your favorite and see what you like!

Close up view of little smokies in a crockpot.

What goes good with little smokies?

Little smokies are generally served a party food. If you’d like to serve them as a main dish, a good side would be something like macaroni and cheese, potato salad, or macaroni salad.

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Close up view of crockpot little smokies on two plates.

Crockpot Little Smokies

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Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 32 Servings

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Ingredients

  • 24 ounces chili sauce two (12 ounce jars)
  • 18 ounces grape jelly one (18 ounce jar)
  • ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • 56 ounces Lit'l Smokies sausage links four (14 ounce packages)

Instructions 

  • Place the chili sauce, grape jelly, and mustard into a crockpot. Stir to combine, cover and cook on LOW heat until the jelly melts completely, about 1 hour.
    24 ounces chili sauce
    18 ounces grape jelly
    ¼ cup yellow mustard
  • Place the sausage links into the sauce, and stir to combine. Return the lid to the slow cooker, and cook for an additional 2 hours on LOW heat.
    56 ounces Lit'l Smokies sausage links
  • Serve warm as a snack or appetizer. See post for tips, FAQs, and storage options.

Notes

*The calories listed are an approximation based on the ingredients in the recipe card and a serving size of 5 sausage links. Actual calories will vary.
 
*For more information, tips, and answers to frequently asked questions, please refer to the post.

Nutrition

Serving: 5links | Calories: 216kcal | Carbohydrates: 15g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 13g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 6g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 627mg | Potassium: 217mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 11g | Vitamin A: 183IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 13mg | Iron: 1mg
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