No party is complete with a batch of Crockpot Little Smokies, and there’s no easier appetizer to make. Mini smoked sausages are simmered in the crockpot in a sweet and tangy sauce. Once they’re done, serve them straight from the slow cooker for a snack everyone will love.

Close up shot of crockpot little smokies on a skewer

We’ve hosted many parties over the years and love to try new appetizers and snacks, but sometimes it’s the classics that are the biggest hit of the party. These crockpot little smokies are one of those appetizers. They are always the first to go.

The Best Little Smokie Recipe

It doesn’t get any easier than these crockpot smokies. All you need are five ingredients, a slow cooker, and a few minutes to prep them. Then you leave them to simmer for several hours. 

When you have an easy appetizer that is always a crowd-pleaser, that’s a recipe that’s a keeper! Once you know how to make little smokies in a crockpot, it will be your go-to party snack.

Table of Contents
  1. The Best Little Smokie Recipe
  2. Ingredients for Crockpot Little Smokies
  3. How to Cook Little Smokies
  4. Recipe FAQs
  5. Other Appetizers You’ll Enjoy
  6. Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe Recipe
Overhead shot of ingredients needed to make crockpot little smokies

Ingredients for Crockpot Little Smokies

  • Two packages of little smokies
  • Canned cranberry sauce – I like to use canned whole cranberries instead of the jelly kind.
  • BBQ sauce – choose your favorite flavor.
  • Sriracha
  • Brown sugar

For this recipe, it’s easy to customize the flavors you’re your taste. Adjust the amount of sriracha if you want it less spicy, or try different BBQ sauces to switch up the flavor.

Overhead shot of little smokies in a white crockpot

How to Cook Little Smokies

Combine the cranberry sauce, BBQ sauce, sriracha, and brown sugar in the crockpot. Add the little smokies and stir to coat them in the sauce.

Cover the slow cooker and cook the sausages and sauce on low for four to six hours or on high for two to four hours.

Serve with toothpicks so everything can help themselves.

Recipe FAQs

Can you cook them on the stove? If you don’t want to make slow cooker little smokies, you can cook them on the stove. Combine the sauce ingredients in a large pot, and then add the sausages. Turn the heat to medium and once the sauce is bubbling, lower it to medium-low.

Once the sauce is hot, and the sausages are warmed through, they are ready to serve.

Can you make them ahead? You can mix up the sauce and keep it in the refrigerator up to a day in advance. All you have to do the next day is put everything in the crockpot.

What’s the best way to keep them warm? If your slow cooker has a “warm” setting, you can leave them on that while they’re being served. You may want to stir them occasionally.

How long do leftovers keep? Leftover little smokies will keep for three to four days in the refrigerator. You can warm them in the microwave. For your next party, game-day event, or holiday give this crockpot little smokies recipe a try. With only five ingredients and five minutes of prep time, it doesn’t get any easier. They are always a hit and always delicious. Enjoy!

Close up overhead shot of crockpot little smokies on a plate

Other Appetizers You’ll Enjoy

Close up overhead shot of crockpot little smokies on a plate

Crockpot Little Smokies Recipe

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Little Smokies in the crockpot are so easy and the perfect appetizer for any get together! All you need is a few ingredients and a slow cooker!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours
Yield 24 smokies
Serving Size 1 serving


  • 2 – 14 oz pkg little smokies
  • 1 can of whole cranberry sauce
  • ½ C. BBQ Sauce
  • C. – ¼ C. Sriracha
  • ¼ C. Brown Sugar


  • Add all ingredients into the crockpot except the little smokies, stir until all ingredients are well combined.
  • Add little smokies and stir to incorporate.
  • Set the crockpot to low for 4-6hrs or high 2-4hrs.
  • Serve as an appetizer.

Recipe Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 75kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 5g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 12mg | Sodium: 277mg | Potassium: 49mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 13IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 6mg | Iron: 1mg
Nutritional information not guaranteed to be accurate
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq smokies, crockpot appetizer, easy appetizer, lil smokies, little smokies
Plate full of crockpot little smokies with recipe title on top of image

Little Smokies in the crockpot are so easy and the perfect appetizer for any get together! All you need is a few ingredients and a slow cooker!

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