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Instant Pot Little Smokies

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This easy and quick homemade Instant Pot Little Smokies recipe is covered in a homemade BBQ sauce for the best appetizer to make a quick game day snack!
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  1. INSTANT POT LITTLE SMOKIES INGREDIENTS
  2. HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT LITTLE SMOKIES RECIPE
  3. HOW TO SERVE
  4. STORAGE
  5. MORE RECIPES YOU’LL LOVE
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These Instant Pot Little Smokies need only three simple ingredients to give these sausages an out-of-this-world flavor. The flavorful tangy sauce coats the Little Smokies sausages for a savory appetizer that is sure to be a crowd pleaser.

If you’re planning a party or a get-together with family or friends, I love pairing these Little Smokies with other appetizer recipes that include our cream cheese dip and buffalo chicken meatballs.

INSTANT POT LITTLE SMOKIES INGREDIENTS

You’ll need:

  • 4 (14-ounce) packages of little smokies
  • 1½ bottles of chili sauce about 2 cups
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar

SUBSTITUTIONS AND ADDITIONS

LITTLE SMOKIES: Any brand of sausages works in this recipe depending on what you have available at the grocery store. You could even change it up and make this tasty sauce to pour over meatballs, pieces of hot dogs or Italian sausage for another easy appetizer.

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HOW TO MAKE THIS INSTANT POT LITTLE SMOKIES RECIPE

PRO TIP:

If you’re serving these cocktail sausages at a party, you might want to double this easy recipe. In my experience, these delicious appetizers go quick.

STEP ONE: In a medium bowl, whisk together pineapple juice, chili sauce, and brown sugar.

STEP TWO: Place Little Smokies in the bottom of your Instant Pot.

STEP THREE: Pour barbecue sauce over top and stir to combine.

STEP FOUR: Place the Instant Pot lid on top of the Instant Pot and set it to sealing.

STEP FIVE: Press manual and adjust the time to 20 minutes on high pressure.

STEP SIX: When the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.

PRO TIP:

Remove the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute. Mix the sauce and sausages around until you reach the desired thickness.

STEP SEVEN: Let cool slightly before serving.

HOW TO SERVE

Serve this perfect appetizer with croissants or by themselves. When I’m serving them for an easy dinner here at home, I make mashed potatoes or mac and cheese to go along with them. We’ll eat a caesar salad along with it for a delicious and simple meal.

STORAGE

IN THE FRIDGE: Store leftovers of these mini sausages in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days.

Our whole family loves how flavorful the easy sauce is. And it’s so simple to make with just three yummy ingredients! These Lil’ Smokies are a great appetizer and a huge win in this mama’s book.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Can I make these appetizers in the slow cooker too?

This great recipe can be also be made in the slow cooker. Check out our crockpot Little Smokies recipe.

Are Lil’ Smokies fully cooked?

These BBQ smokies are fully cooked and only need to be warmed up before serving.

Why is my Little Smokies sauce watery?

If your sauce is watery, turn the Instant Pot to saute for a bit, you should be able to thicken it up!

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Instant Pot Little Smokies

5 from 4 votes
This easy and quick homemade Instant Pot Little Smokies recipe is covered in a homemade BBQ sauce for the best appetizer to make a quick game day snack!
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 16

Ingredients
  

  • 4 14-ounce packages Little Smokies
  • bottles chili sauce about 2 cups
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • ½ cup brown sugar

Instructions
 

  • In a the bottom of Instant Pot, whisk together chili sauce, pineapple juice and brown sugar.
  • Add Little Smokies and toss to coat with sauce.
  • Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set to sealing.
  • Press manual and adjust time to 20 minutes on high pressure.
  • When the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

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Notes

TIP: If you’re serving these cocktail sausages at a party, you might want to double this easy recipe. In my experience, these delicious appetizers go quick.
TIP: Remove the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute. Mix the sauce and sausages around until you reach the desired thickness.

Nutrition

Calories: 41kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 26mg | Potassium: 32mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
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    • Layne Henderson says

      I’m sure you could. I haven’t done it specifically that way – only in the Instant Pot. Good luck, I hope you enjoy them!

  1. Kyle says

    Do you cook these on the high pressure setting or low pressure? 20 minutes seems like a long time for this on high pressure, but I could be wrong. Thanks!

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