20 Recipes for Little Smokies

We’ve rounded up 20 recipes for little smokies that take these little cocktail sausages to the next level! Whether you need a quick appetizer or a crockpot dinner, these recipes have you covered.

little smokies with grape jelly and chili sauce on toothpicks on a wooden board.

Little smokies. Cocktail wieners. Cocktail franks. Mini sausages. Little weenies. Lit’l smokies. Whatever you call them, these little appetizers are a blank canvas for creating amazing appetizers and main dishes.

The vintage recipe that started this whole round-up, my Crockpot Little Smokies, is a true crowd pleaser. It has just three ingredients, and you can serve it straight from the crockpot. That’s my kind of appetizer!

I knew there must be more fabulous little smokies recipes out there, so I put a call out to some of the very best food bloggers to send me their recipes. And these recipes do not disappoint!

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Crockpot recipes

crockpot little smokies on toothpicks on a wooden board.

Crockpot Little Smokies

This easy recipe only has 3 ingredients! Serve it straight out of the crockpot for a truly no-fuss appetizer.

little smokies on a toothpick, drenched in a bbq glaze.

Slow Cooker BBQ Little Smokies with Bourbon

BBQ sauce, brown sugar, and bourbon team up to create a sticky-sweet appetizer that everyone will love.

little smokies on a platter next to a jar of apple jelly and a can of cranberry sauce.

Apple Cranberry Little Smokies

This one is perfect for fall: cranberry sauce, apple jelly, and bbq sauce create the sweet and tangy glaze for these cocktail sausages.

little smokies in a white and green cup next to a mini football and cans of dr pepper.

Dr. Pepper Little Smokies

A can of Dr. Pepper creates a sweet glaze for these cocktail wieners.

little smokies and chunks of pineapple in a crockpot.

Crockpot Smokies with Cranberry and Pineapple

You’ll need Catalina salad dressing, cranberry sauce, and pineapple for this easy crockpot recipe.

Bacon Wrapped Recipes

bacon wrapped sausages on a white platter, next to a hand piercing one with a toothpick.

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

A little sweet and a little spicy, these appetizers will fly off the platter!

bacon wrapped sausages in a crockpot.

Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

You can make bacon wrapped smokies entirely in the slow cooker with this easy recipe.

a hand holding bacon wrapped sausage and a chunk of pineapple on a toothpick.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies: 3 Ways!

Choose from regular, pineapple, or peach-jalapeño for these bacon wrapped appetizers.

Pigs in a Blanket Recipes

pigs in a blanket on a white platter.

Classic Pigs in a Blanket

You just need a few ingredients to create these classic party appetizers. Puff pastry makes them SO flaky and buttery!

pigs in a blanket on a platter with little bowls of ketchup and mustard.

Air Fryer Pigs in a Blanket

Did you know you can make pigs in a blanket in the air fryer? They come out so crispy!

dinner rolls filled inside with cocktail sausages and onions.

Grown Up Pigs in a Blanket

These dinner rolls are stuffed with little smokies, sauerkraut, and caramelized onions to create a grown-up take on pigs in a blanket.

pigs in a blanket standing on their ends, arranged to resemble a wreath around a bowl of bbq sauce.

Pull-Apart Pigs in a Blanket Wreath

Just a few extra steps will turn pigs in a blanket into a stunning wreath! This one is made with store-bought pizza crust to make it extra easy.

Holiday Recipes

cocktail sausages wrapped in thinly cut crescent rolls to resemble mummies.

Mini Mummy Dogs

Cocktail sausages get all dressed up in strips of crescent rolls for this Halloween-inspired appetizer.

pigs in a blanket arranged in a circle on a bed of greens to resemble a wreath.

Pigs in a Blanket Wreath

How darling is this wreath made with pigs in a blanket? It’s the perfect appetizer for a holiday party, or to serve before the big Christmas dinner.

Even More Little Smokies Recipes

little smokies, pineapple chunks, and red pepper pieces in a white bowl.

Hawaiian Lit’l Smokies

You just need four ingredients for this Hawaiian-inspired lit’l smokies recipe!

corn muffins with a cocktail sausage in the middle, next to a bowl of bbq sauce.

Corn Dog Mini Muffins

Get the taste of a corn dog without frying! These mini muffins are the perfect party food, quick dinner, or after school snack.

little smokies with a dark brown glaze in a bowl.

Smoked Little Smokies

Get even more smoke flavor in these little sausages by using a smoker!

mini sausages with a bbq sauce in an instant pot.

Instant Pot Little Smokies

You can make this popular party appetizer in an Instant Pot! They will be ready to serve in just 15 minutes.

cocktail franks with apple and onions in a large dutch oven.

Cocktail Franks with Apples and Onions

This four ingredient dish can be served as an appetizer, or you can add mashed potatoes and serve it as a main course.

mini cocktail sausages in a large bowl, next to three sausages with toothpicks on a white plate.

Brown Sugar BBQ Mini Sausages

These classic cocktail weenies are made on the stovetop with a few pantry staples. They’re perfect for your next party.

More appetizer inspiration

Here are a few more of my favorite hearty appetizers for your next party, that DON’T involve cocktail sausages!

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