Hillshire Farms Lit'l Smokies
Little Smokies or Lit'l Smokies cooked various different ways are always a hit at parties. These crowd pleasing appetizers are also easy to cook up.
The classic Little Smokies (or Lit'l Smokies) in a crock pot are always a hit at holiday parties or at social gatherings. I haven't figured out if it's the kids eating all the little smoked sausages or if the adults are slipping these mini treats and taking a walk back memory lane. In either case, little smokies seem to please year after year and while they are not on the healthy "in" food list, they sure do taste good and the empty crock pot proves that point.
The basic recipe for Little Smokies is quite simple.
Basic Little Smokies
1 package of Lit'l Smokie sausages (1 lb. in the meat section vacuum sealed)
1 can of chili sauce (12 oz. can)
1 small jar grape jelly (10 oz.)
If you make these on top of the stove, then heat and stir the chili and grape jelly until it's mixed well and warm. Add the sausages. Let heat for about 30 minutes on low heat. Serve warm.
Using the crock pot, put everything in and stir. Set to low heat and warm for an hour or two. Stir now and then to make sure all the sausages are evenly coated. Serve right out of the crock pot.
There are a lot of other fun, favorite Lit'l Smokie recipes that are popular here in the south. They're all simple and all tasty.
Barbecue Little Smokies
This is the easiest of the Smokie recipes. You just put the sausages in a baking dish or in a crock pot and pour your favorite BBQ sauce over the meat. Baking time is 30 minutes at 350 degrees F. In the crock pot, you'll need to go around 2 hours on low.
Put 1 pack of Lit'l Smokies in a crock pot and add 1 cup brown sugar, 1/4 cup orange juice concentrate (do not mix with water), 1 T. flour, 1 T. mustard, 1 T. vinegar. Heat on low for 2 hours and serve.
Little Smoky Piggies
Open a can of crescent rolls. Cut each crescent in half longwise keeping the pie wedge shape. Put a little smoky on the fat end and roll to the skinny end. Stick a toothpick in to keep these tight and neat. Heat at 350 degrees F for about 18 minutes or until the bread is lightly browned. you can brush with melted butter before or after cooking.
Bacon Wrapped Lit'l Smokies
Again, you need a pack of smokies plus some bacon and about 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Cut bacon slices in half. Wrap each smokie with bacon and put a tooth pick through each to hold the bacon on. Place all bacon wrapped smokies in a baking dish. Sprinkle with brown sugar. Heat for 45 minutes in a 350 degree F oven. Serve on a platter or remove toothpick and put in a crock pot to keep them warm as guests munch along.
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