Easy BBQ Lil Smokies

Throw together a party appetizer everyone will love! These easy BBQ Lil Smokies take less than 10 minutes prep and have a deliciously sweet barbecue flavor.

With two guys in the house, every now and then I have to surprise them with something I know they’ll love. And these bbq little smokies are what I made for them over the Christmas holiday.

I like them because they are quick…they love them because, well…they are meat 😂 Whether it is a party, game day or just an afternoon snack, mix up these easy bbq little smokies!

overhead shot of bbq smokies

Why you’ll love this recipe:

  • Less than 10 minutes prep.
  • Uses pantry staples.
  • Slow cook on low or high if you have less time.
  • Adjust the sauce to what your family loves!
  • Perfect for snacking, parties or game day.

How to Make Easy BBQ Lil Smokies

We use our small crockpot for this recipe. It’s 2 ½ quarts and perfect for appetizers of all kinds!

  • Mix the bbq sauce, jelly, ketchup and garlic right in the slow cooker.
  • Add the smokies and mix well to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours until heated through.

Recipe Variations:

  • Add in cayenne pepper or hot sauce for spice.
  • Use a chipotle bbq sauce.
  • Use cranberry sauce or apricot jelly in place of the grape jelly.
  • Meatballs are just as good as smokies! Swap them out for each other or use a mix of both.
  • Chili sauce is a great option too!
easy bbq lil smokies in a slow cooker

How long do little smokies last in the fridge?

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 3-5 days.

little smokies on a fork

What do you eat with little smokies?

Most times when we have little smokies they are at a party where the table is full of appetizers such as buffalo chicken dip, veggie pizzas, taco pizza and smoked mozzarella fonduta. If you want to serve these as a meal, try them with:

bowl of bbq lil smokies
bowl of bbq lil smokies

Easy BBQ Lil Smokies

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Throw together a party appetizer everyone will love! These easy BBQ Lil Smokies take less than 10 minutes prep and have a deliciously sweet barbecue flavor.
Servings 14
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 4 hours

Ingredients
 

  • 1 cup honey barbecue sauce
  • 3/4 cup grape jelly
  • 1/4 cup ketchup*
  • ½ teaspoon minced garlic
  • 28 ounces Eckrich Li’l Smokies 2 packages

Instructions
 

  • Mix the bbq sauce, jelly, ketchup and garlic right in the slow cooker.
  • Add the smokies and mix well to coat.
  • Cover and cook on low for 4-5 hours or on high for 2-3 hours until heated through.

Notes

  • If you don’t like the taste of ketchup, use all barbecue sauce instead.
  • The calories shown are based on the recipe serving 14, with 1 serving being 6 smokies. Since different brands of ingredients have different nutritional information, the calories shown are just an estimate. **We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information.**

Nutrition

Calories: 261kcal | Carbohydrates: 23g | Protein: 7g | Fat: 16g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 36mg | Sodium: 834mg | Potassium: 173mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 17mg | Iron: 1mg
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Calories 261
Keyword appetizer recipe, game day, slow cooker recipe

Frequently Asked Questions

How many Lil Smokies are in a package?

There are about 40 lil smokies in a package.

Are lil smokies precooked?

Yes. Little Smokies are fully cooked.

Can you eat little smokies cold?

Because the smokies are fully cooked, you can eat them cold.

Are lil smokies gluten free?

Yes! As long as you don’t add anything to the sauce that contains gluten, they are gluten free.

Can you make these on the stovetop instead?

Yes. You can heat the smokies and sauce in a pan on the stovetop instead of the slow cooker. Heat through and allow the sauce to combine well.

About Julie Clark

I'm Julie Clark, CEO and recipe developer of Tastes of Lizzy T. With my B.A. in Education and over 30 years of cooking and baking, I want to teach YOU the best of our family recipes.

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