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. 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!
We have them with jelly, in a crockpot, wrapped in puff pastry to create pigs in a blanket, made into a wreath, smoked, glazed, in an instant pot, and so much more.
These recipes will inspire your next tailgate, holiday party, cozy gathering at home, happy hour, cocktail party, after school snack, or just a hankering for hot dogs!
So without further ado, here are the top 20 recipes for little smokies. Tell me in the comments which one you’ll be trying first!
Crockpot Little Smokies
This easy recipe only has 3 ingredients! Serve it straight out of the crockpot for a truly no-fuss appetizer.
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.
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.
Bacon Wrapped Recipes
Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies
A little sweet and a little spicy, these appetizers will fly off the platter!
Slow Cooker Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
You can make bacon wrapped smokies entirely in the slow cooker with this easy recipe.
Pigs in a Blanket Recipes
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!
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!
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.
Mini Mummy Dogs
Cocktail sausages get all dressed up in strips of crescent rolls for this Halloween-inspired appetizer.
Even More Little Smokies Recipes
Hawaiian Lit’l Smokies
You just need four ingredients for this Hawaiian-inspired lit’l smokies recipe!
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.
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 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.
More appetizer inspiration
Here are a few more of my favorite appetizers for your next party, that DON’T involve cocktail sausages!