Cranberry Little Smokies

Cranberry Little Smokies Recipe – These bite-sized cocktail weenies are slow-cooked to perfection in a tantalizing blend of cranberry sauce and chili sauce. Sweet, tangy, and spicy, they’re the ultimate party appetizer that will disappear in no time. They make a great appetizer for tailgating on game day, holiday gatherings, or any occasion where deliciousness is a must!

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Crockpot Little Smokies

Cranberry Little Smokies are an absolute flavor explosion that strikes the perfect balance between sweet and savory. Cocktail weenies, slow-cooked to tender perfection, bathed in a luscious blend of cranberry sauce and zesty chili sauce. The result is an irresistible medley of tastes and textures. The cranberry sauce adds a touch of tartness and a gorgeous ruby hue, while the chili sauce brings in a subtle heat and depth of flavor. It’s a finger-food sensation, perfect for gatherings, game day parties, or any occasion where you want to wow your guests with a mouthwatering appetizer.

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How to Make Cranberry Little Smokies

This recipe is effortless to make with only three simple ingredients. Place lil’ smokies in a 3-qt slow cooker. In a bowl, whisk together chili sauce and canned cranberry sauce. Pour sauce over the cocktail weenies and stir. Cover the crock pot with the lid and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours, until hot.

Helpful Tips & Frequently Asked Questions

  • I use Heinz Chili Sauce. It is basically a spicy ketchup. You will find it in the condiment section near the ketchup at the grocery store.
    • Can substitute bbq sauce or Sriracha.
  • Can I make Cranberry Sausages on the stove top? Yes! Place the cocktail wieners in a Dutch Oven. Add sauce and stir well. Cover and cook on medium heat until hot.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • brown sugar
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • dijon mustard
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
  • Can I freeze little smokies? Yes. You can freeze them in a freezer safe container for 3 to 4 months.
    • Thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.
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How to Serve Cranberry Little Smokies

Serving these cocktail sausages is a breeze, and they make for a sensational appetizer that’s sure to be a hit at any gathering. Start by arranging them in a stylish serving dish or platter. Then, offer toothpicks or cocktail forks for easy snacking, ensuring your guests can savor these delightful bites without any mess. To elevate the presentation, you can garnish the dish with a sprinkle of chopped fresh parsley or a few whole cranberries for a pop of color. Don’t forget to include small bowls or ramekins for guests to dip into the extra sauce if they desire an extra burst of flavor. Whether it’s a casual get-together or a special occasion, serving Little Smokies is a surefire way to keep your guests coming back for more of these sweet, savory, and spicy delights. 

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Cranberry Little Smokies

Yield: 10 people
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 5 minutes
Cranberry Little Smokies Recipe – These bite-sized cocktail weenies are slow-cooked to perfection in a tantalizing blend of cranberry sauce and chili sauce. Sweet, tangy, and spicy, they're the ultimate party appetizer that will disappear in no time. They make a great appetizer for tailgating on game day, holiday gatherings, or any occasion where deliciousness is a must!

Ingredients:

  • 2 (14-oz) package beef little smokies
  • 1 (12-oz) jar Chili Sauce
  • 1 (14-oz) can jellied cranberry sauce

Instructions:

  • Place little smokes in the slow cooker.
  • In a bowl, whisk together chili sauce and cranberry sauce. Pour over cocktail weenies.
  • Cover the slow cooker and cook on LOW for 2-4 hours.

Notes:

  • I use Heinz Chili Sauce. It is basically a spicy ketchup. You will find it in the condiment section near the ketchup at the grocery store.
    • Can substitute bbq sauce or Sriracha.
  • Can I make Cranberry Sausages on the stove top? Yes! Place the cocktail wieners in a Dutch Oven. Add sauce and stir well. Cover and cook on medium heat until hot.
  • Variations/Additions:
    • brown sugar
    • Worcestershire sauce
    • dijon mustard
    • onion powder
    • garlic powder
  • Can I freeze little smokies? Yes. You can freeze them in a freezer safe container for 3 to 4 months.
    • Thaw and reheat in the microwave or on the stove.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge.

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    1. I’ve only made the recipe as written, but I would assume it would be OK. Let us know how it turns out if you try it.

  1. Looking forward to the finished product that’s simmering away now! We added some peach and habanero jelly. Yummy already!

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