Cocktail franks in sweet bbq sauce for appetizers

The BEST Little Smokies

  • Author: Dan
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 5 minutes
  • Yield: 10 servings 1x

These crock pot hot dogs are a classic appetizer recipe! Once you start eating these Little Smokies you won’t be able to stop!



  • 3 (12 ounce packages) cocktail franks
  • 2 cups honey bbq sauce or brown sugar bbq sauce
  • 1/2 cup seedless raspberry jelly or grape jelly
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/2 cup apple cider or apple juice


  1. Add the cocktail franks to a 4 quart slow cooker.
  2. Mix the bbq sauce, jelly, dry mustard, garlic powder, Worcestershire sauce and apple juice or cider in a bowl until combined.
  3. Pour the sauce over the hot dogs and stir to coat. Set on high for 2 hours or on low for 4-6 hours. These hot dogs can also be kept in your slow cooker on the “warm” setting during a party or holiday.

Recipe Notes

This recipe will serve 18 people, 5 mini hot dogs per person if you are serving these for a crowd. Of course, some might have more so I like to plan on this serving for about 10 people, but you can also easily half this recipe.

  • Category: Appetizers
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: American