You might see these cooked sausages labeled as "lil' smokies" in the store or referred to as little smokies, but any way they're labeled, tiny smoked sausages are an excellent choice for this 3-ingredient recipe. The secret to their deliciousness is the grape jelly sauce which is ridiculously easy to make. If you're familiar with grape jelly meatballs (or a baked version), you'll love these. They're a hit as an appetizer, on a brunch spread with other dishes such as mac and cheese or coleslaw, for a potluck or tailgating, and more.
The sauce mixture is versatile and open to all kinds of variations. Keep it simple or jazz it up with additional ingredients or seasonings. Add a splash of bourbon for some "spirit," or replace the chili sauce with spicy ketchup or barbecue sauce.
If you can't find the sausages, mini cocktail wieners, sliced hot dogs, or smoked sausages also would be delicious.
Have toothpicks or forks, plates, and napkins on hand for your guests, and serve the little sausages hot right from the slow cooker.
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- 2 (1-pound) packages mini smoked sausages (like the Lil' Smokies brand; or wieners)
- 1 (12-ounce) bottle chili sauce
- 1 cup grape jelly
Gather the ingredients.
Combine mini smoked sausages or cocktail wieners in a slow cooker with chili sauce and grape jelly. Stir well.
Cover and cook on LOW for 4 to 6 hours.
Serve the little sausages from the slow cooker (set on LOW or WARM) with toothpicks, small plates, and napkins available for your guests. You can also spear them with toothpicks and arrange them on a plate drizzled with some sauce. Keep them warm on a warming tray or serve immediately. Enjoy!
- Chili sauce is a condiment that is similar to cocktail sauce (as opposed to Asian chili paste). Look for chili sauce near the ketchup in the supermarket. If you can't find chili sauce, you can make a suitable replacement from scratch. In a medium bowl, combine 1 cup tomato sauce, 1 tablespoon tomato paste, 2 to 3 tablespoons brown sugar, 2 tablespoons vinegar, 1/2 teaspoon chili powder, 1/4 teaspoon allspice, and 1/4 teaspoon onion powder. Blend well and store covered in the refrigerator.
- Instead of mini smoked sausages or mini wieners, use 2 pounds of Polish smoked sausage, andouille sausage, or similar smoked sausage. Slice the sausage into 1/2-inch or 1-inch pieces.
- Add 1 tablespoon of Worcestershire sauce to the sauce mixture.
- Replace the chili sauce with your favorite barbecue sauce.
- Add 1 or 2 cups of frozen pearl onions to the slow cooker with the mini sausages or cocktail wieners or add about 1 cup of sliced fresh onions.
- Replace the grape jelly with apricot preserves and 1/4 cup of packed light brown sugar.
- Replace the grape jelly with currant jelly or a can of cranberry sauce.
- Add about 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper for a little bite.
- For "spirited" little smokies, add a few tablespoons of bourbon to the sauce mixture.
How to Store and Freeze Mini Smoked Sausages
Cooked mini sausages will keep in the refrigerator if properly covered for 3 to 4 days.
Frozen cooked mini sausages are good in the freezer for 2 to 3 months.