Slow Cooker Tangy Little Smokies

The holidays are fast approaching which means that appetizers are a must!

My husband had the scouts over a couple weeks ago and I knew I needed a meat item on the table with a house full of boys.  I came across this recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking and new it would be a smash hit with the boys. These worked out great… there were none left by the end of the night! They only have 3 ingredients and are so easy! 

Slow Cooker Tangy Little Smokies

Slow Cooker Tangy Little Smokies... ONLY 3 ingredients! An easy appetizer that everyone will love! #appetizer #recipe

By Chef in Training Published: November 9, 2012

    ONLY 3 ingredients! An easy appetizer that everyone will love!



    1. Place all ingredients in slow cooker and stir to combine.
    2. Cover and cook on high for 2 hours or until

    (recipe from A Year of Slow Cooking

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    1. Leslie

      These look soo easy! Yummy, I love lil smokies. I'll give this recipe a try sometime!!!

    2. Brenda

      Where can you buy these little beef smokies?

      1. Melissa H from So. Fla.

        Brenda - they are where the hot dogs are in your grocery store.

      2. Brenda

        Thanks Melissa!! :)

    3. Melissa H from So. Fla.

      This is how I do meatball appetizers as well. It's so so yummy!

    4. Meghan @ The Tasty Fork

      We always have little smokies at family gatherings but never like this! I'll have to give it a try this holiday season!

    5. Debbie

      I've used the grape jelly & chili sauce before. I tend to prefer cranberry sauce and tomato sauce. Equal amounts...1 can each. When doing a large amount of meatballs I'll use 2 cans of each. I prefer the jellied cranberry sauce but friends of mine have done fine with the whole cranberry sauce.

    6. Becca from It's Yummilicious

      Nikki, I have a slight problem with your recipe. You can't POSSIBLY expect 1 pound to be nearly large enough to serve me....can you? :)

    7. Kristi

      I've made these for years. Meatballs or little smokies. Only difference is that I use apple jelly. They're always a big hit!

    8. Alyssa

      What is chili sauce? Do you mean a can of chili or a bottle of hot sauce? I guess I have never seen chili sauce... Where do I find it? Also, I have done the lil smokies in a bbq sauce/ketchup type sauce. Does this taste similar?

      1. Chef in Training

        Chili sauce can be found next to the ketchup :) They are similar but slightly different. Its also typically found next to the cocktail sauce. Hope that helps!

    9. Joy

      When I make the meatball appetizers the sauce seems to be much thicker then the Lil' smokies. The sauce was very runny so to speak and didn't 'stick to the smokie" I am not sure if I am using the correct amount of grape jelly and chili sauce. The chili sauce I used was far from spicy it tasted more like ketchup, so I added Frank's hot sauce. It wasn't a huge hit on New Years Eve but people did eat them. I will try this recipe again, I won't give up on it!!!

      When I make the meatball appitizers I use cranberry sauce and Thai Chili sauce....there is that sweet and spicy thing going on :)

    10. Linda

      These are also very, very good mixing apple jelly with regular yellow mustard too! I usually fix my meatballs with the chilli/grape jelly but my weiners or little smokies with the mustard apple jelly mixture. You should try it.

    11. Debbie

      Love this recipe!