How to Cook Lit'l Smokies in a Slow Cooker

by Lillian Downey

Lit'l Smokies are an easy to prepare crowd pleaser. You can throw them together at the last minute or cook them in advance and keep them warm in a slow cooker. Experiment with sauces to add additional levels of flavor or to add a new twist to a family favorite,

Basic Preparation

To prepare classic, plain Lit'l Smokies, pace then in your slow cooker and add enough water or any flavored stock to cover them. Cook them until they reach an internal safe temperature of 160 to 165 degrees Fahrenheit or until the sausages appear steaming hot when cut in half. The timing varies by slow cooker but typically takes six to eight hours on low and three to four hours on high.

Varying the Flavors

To add extra flavor to your appetizer, change up the cooking liquid. The most common way to do this is to replace the water or stock with any flavor of barbecue sauce. You can experiment with other flavors as well, such as teriyaki, garlic butter or your favorite oil-based salad dressing or marinade.

Photo Credits

  • Michele D. Lee/Demand Media