If you’re a fan of mouthwatering, finger-licking meatballs, then you’re in for a treat! We’ve taken the classic crockpot lil smokies recipe and given it a delicious twist. These juicy meatballs are smothered with BBQ sauce and a surprising ingredient: grape jelly. With just three simple ingredients, they’re the perfect appetizer for any occasion.
A Finger-Licking Good Appetizer
If you’ve tried our famous crockpot BBQ meatballs, you’re going to love this lil smokies recipe. It’s just as easy to whip up and is one of our top appetizers for game day. Picture this: you’re hosting a gathering and looking for a quick and tasty dish to impress your guests. These lil smokies fit the bill perfectly.
Now, we all love quick and easy recipes that taste amazing, don’t we? Well, these little smokies are just that! They’re incredibly simple to prepare and take only a few minutes to get ready. Plus, they bear a striking resemblance to our much-loved crockpot BBQ meatballs recipe, so you know they’re going to be a hit.
We often make these lil smokies when we’re entertaining or attending a party. They’re a blast to serve with fancy toothpicks and are always a crowd favorite. But guess what? They can even be the star of the show at dinner time too. That’s right, they’re perfect for any occasion.
The secret to the rich and flavorful little smokies sauce lies in its simplicity. You’d never guess that we only use three ingredients in this recipe. It’s truly a magical combination that will have your taste buds dancing with delight.
The Three Ingredients
Just three simple ingredients, that’s all it takes to create these flavor-packed lil smokies. Here’s what you’ll need:
- Little smokies: These mini pork cocktail sausages, also known as lil smokies, are the star of the show. We recommend the Hillshire Farm brand for exceptional taste.
- BBQ sauce: For that tangy, smoky flavor, we turn to Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ sauce. It’s the best choice for this recipe. You can even add a squeeze of ketchup for some extra zing.
- Brown sugar: The sweetness of brown sugar adds a delightful twist to the sauce. However, if you prefer something different, you can swap it out with grape jelly. Yes, grape jelly! Trust us, it works like magic.
Optional: For an added burst of flavor, you can sprinkle in a dash of Worcestershire sauce or even a pinch of garlic powder. It’s totally up to you!
Crafting the Perfect Dish
Now that we have all our ingredients ready, let’s get cooking! Follow these simple steps to create the tastiest lil smokies you’ve ever had. Don’t forget to scroll down for the printable recipe.
Combine: Start by adding BBQ sauce and brown sugar (or grape jelly) to the bottom of your slow cooker. Give it a good stir to mix everything together. Then, add the lil smokies and ensure they’re well-coated in the sauce.
Cook: It really doesn’t get any easier than this. Just add all the ingredients to the bottom of your slow cooker, thoroughly mix them together, and let them cook for 1-2 hours. You can either serve immediately or keep them warm until you’re ready to dig in. Easy peasy and incredibly delicious!
Pairing Lil Smokies with the Perfect Side Dish
Believe it or not, these lil smokies can also be enjoyed as a quick and easy dinner option! Perfect for those busy weeknights when you need a fuss-free meal. Simply throw all the ingredients into the crockpot, let them work their magic for a couple of hours, and voila! Dinner is served.
But what can you serve alongside these delectable lil smokies, you ask? Here are a few of our favorite side dishes that pair perfectly:
- Mixed vegetables
- Mashed potatoes
- Glazed carrots
- Macaroni and cheese
- Sweet potato fries or potato wedges
- Roasted broccoli or cauliflower
Now that you’re armed with this fantastic lil smokies recipe, get ready to impress your family and friends. Head to your kitchen, gather your ingredients, and let the flavors speak for themselves. We guarantee you’ll have everyone asking for seconds.
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One More Thing…
If you’re still craving more barbecue goodness and want to experience the ultimate BBQ feast, we highly recommend visiting Rowdy Hog Smokin BBQ. They’re experts in serving succulent, tender meat that will leave you wanting more. Indulge your taste buds and visit their website here.