The best game day and tailgating snacks allow you to enjoy the game and company with minimal fuss. These Slow Cooker Little Smokies combine smoked sausage, grape jelly, and chili sauce to make an unforgettable appetizer!
To me, there is nothing more frustrating than feeling like you have to miss the party because your food needs to be fussed with. I love appetizers that I can cook in advance and keep warm in my slow cooker. These smokies are very popular in my area, and there are many different types of little smokie sausages. I like to use the basic smoked sausage, but there are cheese, jalapeno, and even turkey options.
The sauce on my smokies is tangy and sweet. It always amazes me that the combination of chili sauce and grape jelly is sooooooo tasty. It is comparable to a sweet (but not too sweet) BBQ sauce.
As many of you know, I live in Green Bay, Wisconsin. We are a smaller town with an NFL team, and game days are like holidays. Everything stops, drinks and food appear, and everyone watches the game. Our family has been season ticket holders since the Packers played at the City Stadium (my high school) in the downtown area before moving to Lambeau Field. Unfortunately, the Packers didn't make the playoffs this year, but we will be cheering for it next season. In many ways the season never stops in Green Bay. There is a lot to do around the stadium, and the Packer organization is very involved in the local community so there always seems to be something new and fun popping up. Across from the stadium is the Titletown District. They recently build a large tubing hill and skating area, and that has been a lot of fun to enjoy with the kids.
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So I am curious about you- how is your home team? Do you have any football foodie traditions? We are all about the tradition in Green Bay, and I would love to hear your stories.
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Slow Cooker Little Smokies
- 28 oz package little smokies sausages
- 12 oz jar of grape jelly
- 12 oz bottle of chili sauce
- Mix jelly and chili sauce together in medium bowl. Add smokies and stir.
- Place sausages into slow cooker.
- Turn slow cooker to high and cook 90 minutes. Turn slow cooker to warm once desired temperature has been reached. Serve.
My mom used to make these when I was a kid so I was so happy to find a recipe I could make on my own! Thank you!
These would be just perfect for game day. I am not much of s ports fan, but green bay is my team when I'm feeling like watching sports :-
This looks delicious! I definitely need to try the chili sauce & grape combo - sounds like something right up my alley 😀
They look oh so perfect! The chili sauce and grape jelly combo looks so interesting and I can't wait to try it.
I LOVE smokies! This is definitely going to be made. This sounds perfect for the game, but also for holiday snacking — my family likes savory snacks, so this fits the bill.
You had me at little smokies!!! When I read about the sauce though I was MIND BLOWN, I seriously need to make these for our next party! How delish would the jam and chili sauce be together, and so incredibly different!
What kind of chili sauce?
It is just called Chili Sauce. It is typically right by the ketchup at my grocery store.