Get ready for the Super Bowl: Here are 5 ways to cook those Lit’l Smokies!

There are those few rare times when we can all say “screw healthy eating,” and indulge in some delicious, calorie-filled junk foods. For many of us, Super Bowl Sunday is one of those days. Between the beer, chips, wings, and other appetizers, the Super Bowl is one day to enjoy a cheat day. What’s on your Super Bowl menu?

Like wings and beer, Lit’l Smokies are a Super Bowl guilty pleasure so many people love to enjoy. In case you haven’t tried them, Lit’l Smokies are tiny sausages that look kind of like mini hot dogs. Some people call them “Lil Smokies,” cocktail weenies or mini smoked sausages. Whatever you call them, they’re a guaranteed crowd-pleaser at your Super Bowl LIII party. Because Lit’l Smokies come fully cooked, you can pretty much heat them up however you want — microwave them, boil them, put them in the oven, or toss them in your Crockpot. The best Lil Smokies recipes, however, include a little something extra like bacon, BBQ sauce, or breading.

After cooking up several different Lit’l Smokies recipes, we’re including some of the our favorites in this guide.

Crockpot BBQ Smokies

best ways to cook litl smokies crockpot bbq lil
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

If you’re looking for a quick, easy, and delicious way to create BBQ Lit’l Smokies, this recipe by The Salty Marshmallow takes less than 10 minutes of prep time, and the weenies are ready in about an hour.

Instead of just using plain old BBQ sauce, this recipe kicks it up a notch by adding additional brown sugar, Dijon mustard, and garlic powder. After you toss them in the crock pot with the sauce, the Smokies come out packed with flavor.

Don’t have a crock pot? No problem. You can use an Instant Pot on the “slow cook” setting, or you can use the stove top and just simmer them in a saucepan. One warning: Be sure to give your guests extra napkins because these can be a bit messy (even if you provide serving picks or forks).

Super Easy 2-Ingredient Smokies

best ways to cook litl smokies bbq lil smokies2
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

If you want to cook BBQ Lil Smokies, but you’re super pressed for time because your guests are about to arrive, this recipe by Culinary Hill is perfect for you. It takes about two minutes of prep time, and your Smokies will be ready in about 10 minutes. Just mix BBQ sauce and Smokies together in a saucepan, and then heat on medium heat for about 10 minutes.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

best ways to cook litl smokies bacon wrapped lil
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

Are you a bacon lover? This recipe by All Recipes is one of our all-time favorite Lil Smokies recipes, but it takes a bit more time and effort.

You wrap paper-towel-dried Smokies in half of a piece of bacon, secure the bacon with skewers, coat the Smokies in brown sugar, and bake them. If you want to add a bit of spice, add a pinch of cayenne or black pepper to the brown sugar.

best ways to cook litl smokies bacon wrapped lil 2
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

If you want to make this recipe in a hurry, you can use ready-made bacon and microwave the Smokies on high for about one minute. The Smokies won’t turn out quite as delicious as the original recipe, but they’ll still taste amazing.

Smokies in a Blanket

best ways to cook litl smokies lil in a blanket

Who says adults cans enjoy pigs in a blanket (well, Smokies in a blanket)? This recipe by Genius Kitchen is an adult version of a childhood favorite. You simply wrap the Smokies in crescent roll dough, sprinkle on a little Parmesan cheese and garlic salt, and bake!

Honey Garlic Smokies

best ways to cook litl smokies bbq lil 1
Erika Rawes/Digital Trends

If you want a more sophisticated tasting Smokie, this recipe by Family Fresh Meals is the ideal choice. It doesn’t take too long, and you can make it on the stove top, in your slow cooker, or you can use your Instant Pot on the “slow cook” setting.

You simply mix together brown sugar, honey, garlic, soy sauce, and ketchup to create a sauce. Then, let the Lit’l Smokies simmer in the sauce for a few hours.

Smart Home

Thermomix introduces a small appliance that can do it all

The Thermomix TM6 just might be what you're looking for. This all-in-one appliance can perform 20 unique tasks that will cut down on the work of meal preparation and will help you cook just about anything.
Movies & TV

The best shows on Netflix right now (March 2019)

Looking for a new show to binge? Lucky for you, we've curated a list of the best shows on Netflix, whether you're a fan of outlandish anime, dramatic period pieces, or shows that leave you questioning what lies beyond.
Smart Home

Which Instant Pot is best? Whether cooking for 1 or 9, here are the best options

Instant Pots are perfect home cooks who love versatility in the kitchen, and for those who like to prepare quick and easy meals. Check out our picks for the best Instant Pots.
Gaming

These are the classic NES games that helped redefine gaming

The NES left an indelible mark on pop culture and revolutionized the gaming industry. Check out our picks for the best NES games, whether you prefer an immersive RPG, side-scrolling brawler, or something else entirely.
Smart Home

Amazon knocks down the price on the second-generation Echo smart speaker

Amazon just knocked down the price of the second-generation Echo smart speaker with Alexa by 25 percent. The Echo can answer questions, control smart home devices, fill a room with music with its Dolby speakers, and make hands-free calls.
Smart Home

Smeg Dolce and Gabbana small appliances make an art gallery of your kitchen

Spice up your kitchen with Smeg's Dolce and Gabbana-styled Sicily Is My Love collection. Following its introduction of Sicilian-themed major appliances, the Italian collaborators added countertop devices with traditional icons and images.
Smart Home

Whatever happened to those dumb smart products we wrote about in 2017?

A smart salt dispenser? As manufacturers rush to get the next new smart item out there, we wonder if all these new inventions are really necessary. Here’s a list of 10 of the quirkiest home smart gadgets available, and where they are now.
Smart Home

Sign up for Amazon’s Prime Book Box and get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for $1

Do your kids like books? Sign up for Amazon's Prime Book Box for kids through March 26 and you can get an Echo Dot Kids Edition for just $0.99. The Prime Book Box includes two to four books, delivered every one, two, or three months.
Smart Home

Ikea isn’t throwing shade with the delayed release of its smart blinds

Ikea planned to release is Tradfri-compatible smart blinds in April 2019, but the products have been delayed until later in the year for a firmware update that promises better functionality.
Smart Home

Lutron’s Fan Control makes ceiling fans smart, but has some turnoffs

Lutron recently came out with a smart switch that controls ceiling fans, the Lutron Caseta Fan Speed Control Switch. How does it stack up? Here's a first-hand review of the Lutron Fan Control switch.
Cars

Amazon and Kia team up to simplify EV home-charging station installs

Kia Motors announced a new program with Amazon for electric vehicles. Customers planning to purchase a new Kia EV or PHEV can check out recommended Level 2 240-volt home charging stations and arrange installation in their homes.
Smart Home

Traeger’s latest wood-pellet grills are smoky, smart, and spacious

Traeger is famous in the world of barbecue and heavy-duty grills for its signature pellet grills and now the company is expanding this year by adding three new brands of redesigned
Smart Home

The five best teeth-whitening kits you can buy on Amazon

Teeth whitening can have a major impact on a person’s smile and overall appearance. You don't necessarily have to go to the dentist to get your teeth whitened though. Here are the best teeth-whitening kits you can buy.
Smart Home

Is your Keurig making gross coffee? Might be time for a cleaning

No one likes a dirty, scaled, or smelly Keurig, but how are you supposed to clean them? Before you throw yours out the window, here is a quick guide on cleaning your machine out thoroughly.