Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies

Published Date: November 26, 2023

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Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies are a wintery twist on a classic party food that everyone loves! These little sausages are slow-cooked in a sweet and tangy sauce that makes them absolutely irresistible.

They’re perfect for game day, holiday gatherings, or any time you want an easy and delicious appetizer. Just dump everything in the crockpot and let it do the work for you! The result is tender, juicy sausages that are bursting with flavor. Serve them with toothpicks for easy snacking, and watch them disappear in no time.

‘Tis the season for celebrations, get-togethers, and potlucks, and I love to bring these Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies to share with my loved ones! Try my Rotel Dip for another easy party-pleasing appetizer!

What Are Lil Smokies?

Lil Smokies, or little smokies, are miniature cocktail sausages that are often cooked in a crockpot in a melody of sauces and served as an appetizer at game days and gatherings. They are often made with bbq sauce, grape jelly, or even chili sauce. Lil Smokies have become a versatile appetizer that can be served in many different ways and are loved by people of all ages!

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Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies Ingredients

  • Miniature smoked sausages
  • BBQ sauce
  • Whole berry cranberry sauce
  • Brown sugar
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Substitutions And Variations

  • This recipe is pretty mild, but if you’re looking to kick it up a notch, you can add some diced jalapenos or 1/2 teaspoon of chili flakes.
  • You can use Homemade Cranberry Sauce to go that extra step!

What Size Crockpot Do I Need?

You’ll need a minimum of a 4-quart crockpot for this recipe. My favorite is this 6-quart, that makes doubling the recipe a breeze!

How Do I Make Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies?

This recipe lets the crockpot do all of the cooking for you! Simply toss all of the ingredients into the crockpot, give it a good stir, then cover it and let it cook until the smokies are warmed all the way through!

When they’re done, you’ll have yourself a tangy, sweet, and warm appetizer that everybody will be BEGGING you to bring to every celebration!

What If I Can’t Find Whole Berry Cranberry Sauce?

If you have a hard time finding whole-berry cranberry sauce, you can use regular jellied cranberry sauce, just remember it will not have the same cranberry chunks as the whole-berry alternative!

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Crockpot Cranberry Lil Smokies

5 from 2 votes
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: cranberry bbq lil smokies, cranberry lil smokies, cranberry little smokies, crockpot cranberry lil smokies, crockpot lil smokies, lil smokies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 4 hours
Total Time: 4 hours 5 minutes
Servings: 14


  • 6qt Crockpot.


  • 30 oz package miniature smoked sausages
  • 1 14 oz can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 1 ¾ cups bbq sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar


  • Add all ingredients to the bottom of a 4 quart or larger slow cooker.
  • Stir and cover the slow cooker and cook on low for 3-4 hours.
  • Serve immediately or keep on warm until ready to serve, enjoy!


For a spicy kick, try adding some diced jalapenos or ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes.

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