14 Appetizers Made with Lit’l Smokies-Super Bowl Smokies & More

Who doesn’t like Lit’l Smokies?! Try these ideas for party appetizers made with Lit’l Smokies sausages. Whether you’re throwing a Super Bowl party, hosting game night, or entertaining for Christmas, Thanksgiving, Easter, or a birthday, you’re bound to find success with these appetizers.

I first became inspired to try Lit’l Smokies appetizers when I saw Super Bowl Smokies on Pinterest. Then I saw Lit’l Smokies corn dogs in a magazine. From there I came up with a dozen more ideas for making party appetizers with Hillshire Farms Lit’l Smokies.

Lit'l Smokies corndogs, kabobs, corndog bites, Super Bowl bacon wrapped Smokies, pizza, waffle dogs, and mini hot dog
Lit'l Smokies corndogs, kabobs, corndog bites, Super Bowl bacon wrapped Smokies, pizza, waffle dogs, and mini hot dog | Source

Included in this hub:


Super Bowl Smokies

Classic Pig in a Blanket

Pig in a Pancho

Mini Corndogs

Smokie Corndog Bites

Deconstructed Smokie Corndogs

Smokie Hotdogs

Grape Jelly Cocktail Smokie Sausage

Sweet and Sour Cocktail Smokie Sausage

Pancake Smokie Dogs

Smokie Pancakes

Waffle Smokie Sausage Dogs

Smokie Kabobs

Sausage Mini Pizzas


Super Bowl Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Super Bowl Smokies
Bacon Wrapped Super Bowl Smokies | Source

Super Bowl bacon wrapped Smokies are very popular on Pinterest. Wrap Lit’l Smokies in strips of bacon about 4 inches long (1/3 of a slice). Secure bacon with toothpicks. Place on a baking sheet. Sprinkle generously with brown sugar. Bake for 50 minutes at 325 degrees. Brown sugar should be bubbly.




Classic Pig in a Blanket

Classic Pig in a Blanket
Classic Pig in a Blanket | Source

Bake sausages for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool. Cut refrigerated “wop” biscuits in half. Wrap Lit’l Smokies in biscuit halves. Bake according to biscuit package directions. Alternatively, cut refrigerated croissant sheets in half. Wrap sausages in croissant sheets and bake according to package directions. Two options for classic Pig in a Blanket!




Pig in a Pancho

Pig in a Pancho
Pig in a Pancho | Source

Bake sausages for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool. Cut tortillas into diamond shape, and cut round hole on in middle. Place Smokies through hole. Top with slices of avocado and a dap of salsa. Secure with toothpicks.




Lit’l Smokies Corndogs

Mini Corndogs
Mini Corndogs | Source

This was so much easier than I expected! Bake sausages for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool. Use cornbread mix and prepare batter according to package directions. Pour about 3” oil into a 3-4 cup saucepan and heat until very hot. Put Smokies on skewers, then roll Smokies in cornbread batter. Hold onto skewer and deep fry mini corndogs one at a time for 15-30 seconds, until golden.




Corndog Bites

Mini Corndog Bites
Mini Corndog Bites | Source

Bake sausages for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Mix cornbread according to package mix instructions (usually requires milk and egg), or make homemade cornbread. Grease mini muffin tin. Pour each chamber with cornbread mix, about ¼ to ½ full. Cut ends off Lit’l Smokies so they will stand flat, and place one in the center of each muffin. Bake at temperature on cornbread mix package, for about 10 minutes.




Deconstructed Corndogs

Deconstructed Corndogs
Deconstructed Corndogs | Source

Cut sausages into thin disks, and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Mix cornbread according to package mix instructions (usually requires milk and egg), or make homemade cornbread. Grease muffin tin. Pour each chamber with cornbread mix, about ¼ full. Places Lit’l Smokies pieces evenly over muffin mixture, about 6-8 rounds per muffin. Bake at temperature on cornbread mix package, for about 12-15 minutes.




Smokie Hotdogs

Tiny Hotdog
Tiny Hotdog | Source

Bake sausages for 30 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside to cool. Cut bread into oblong shapes to make hotdog buns. Place Smokies on bread, and secure bread with toothpicks. Dot hotdogs with ketchup and mustard.




Grape Jelly Cocktail Sausage

Grape Jelly Cocktail Sausages
Grape Jelly Cocktail Sausages | Source

Blend together 1 ½ cup grape jelly and ½ cup mustard in a saucepan. Heat over medium to dissolve jelly. Simmer 2 packages of Smokies in sauce mixture for 40 minutes. Transfer to crockpot to keep warm.




Sweet and Sour Cocktail Sausage

Sweet and Sour Cocktail Sausages
Sweet and Sour Cocktail Sausages | Source

In a medium sized saucepan, combine ½ cup packed brown sugar, 1 teaspoon cornstarch, 1 13-oz can pineapple chunks, 1/3 cup apple cider vinegar, 1 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 small green pepper cut into ¾” pieces, ½ cup cherries. Bring mixture to simmer, stirring constantly. Add 2 packages of Lit’l Smokies and simmer 30 minutes.




Pancake Smokie Dogs

Need a brunch idea? Try this Lit’l Smokies version of pancakes and sausage. Bake sausages for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Make 2” pancakes, or purchase frozen hotcakes. Saturate pancakes with syrup. Wrap around sausage and secure with toothpicks. Bake 15 minutes at 425. (Similar to waffle dogs below.)




Smokie Pancakes

Cut sausages into thin slices and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Mix pancakes according to package mix instructions (may require milk and egg). Grease muffin tin. Pour each chamber with pancake mix, about ¼ full. Places sausage pieces evenly over pancake mixture, about one Smokie per muffin. Bake at temperature at 350 for about 10 minutes. (Similar to deconstructed corndogs above.) Alternatively prepare pancakes on griddle.




Mini Waffle Sausage Dogs

Tiny Waffle Dogs
Tiny Waffle Dogs | Source

Try this Lit’l Smokies version of pancakes and sausage. Bake sausages for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Use purchased frozen mini waffles. Saturate waffles in syrup. Wrap around sausages and secure with toothpicks. Bake 15 minutes at 350.




Smokie Kabobs

Smokies Shish Kabob
Smokies Shish Kabob | Source

Bake sausages for 20 minutes at 350 degrees. Cut sausage in half. Arrange 2 to 3 Smokie halves on skewers, alternating with vegetables such as tomatoes, onions, mushroons, peppers, and zucchini. Grill until vegetables are desired doneness.




Sausage Mini Pizzas

Mini Pizzas
Mini Pizzas | Source

Mini pizzas are a great idea for a kid’s birthday party. Cut Lit’l Smokies into thin slices and bake for 12 minutes at 350 degrees. Set aside. Use English muffin halves, mini pita halves, or round sandwich flatbread halves for pizza crust. Spread each half with 1-2 tablespoons of pizza sauce. Sprinkle with 1-2 ounces of mozzarella cheese. Places pieces evenly over pizza crusts, about one Smokie per pizza. Add other toppings as desires, such as diced onions and mushrooms. Bake on a baking sheet at 425 degrees for 8-10 minutes.




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Kristen Howe 15 months ago from Northeast Ohio

I love all of these ideas. Some of them I never heard of, like pigs in a pancho. Voted up for useful!


Rachel L Alba profile image

Rachel L Alba 20 months ago from Every Day Cooking and Baking

Thanks for the ideas. I was trying to think of what to do different for Super Bowl Sunday and now I have a few ideas.

Blessings to you.

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