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Savory and sweet, Instant Pot Little Smokies are a ridiculously easy appetizer that is guaranteed to be a crowd-pleaser. Perfect for any gathering, it only takes 30 minutes to whip up this quick recipe.
Instant Pot Little Smokies
Flavorful BBQ glazed little smokies are a classic for a reason. This tried and true appetizer is one of the best recipes to make potlucks, game days, get-togethers, and last-minute events, with friends and family frequently coming back for more.
These fun bite-sized appetizers are more than just yummy, they are also fun to eat. Pair them with other mini appetizers like popcorn chicken and pretzel bites. Serve your little smokies, also called cocktail sausages, with some toothpicks to make snacking simple.
Little Smokies aren’t just a favorite appetizer recipe, serve them as a side dish or turn them into an easy dinner with rice, mashed potatoes, or mac and cheese. Enjoy them with a salad or some glazed carrots for a simple meal.
Instant Pot Little Smokies Ingredients
- Little Smokies
- Chili sauce
- Pineapple juice
- Sugar – brown sugar
Chili sauce is a flavorful tomato-based sauce that adds a zesty flavor and is generally made with tomatoes, garlic, and spices. Often found near other condiments such as ketchup and mustard, chili sauce can range from a more mild sauce to very spicy, so choose a flavor that you like.
Any brand of cocktail sausages will work in this recipe, depending on what you have available at the grocery store. If you can’t find mini sausages you can even use the same sauce and pour it over meatballs or pieces of hot dogs for another easy appetizer.
If you are planning to serve little smokies at a party you might want to double this recipe, as it often goes fast. Once the Instant Pot has finished cooking, quickly release the pressure, and then remove the lid and set the Instant Pot to saute. Here you can mix the sauce and sausages around until you reach the desired thickness.
How to Make Instant Pot Little Smokies
FIRST STEP: In the bottom of the Instant Pot, whisk together chili sauce, pineapple juice, and brown sugar.
SECOND STEP: Add Little Smokies and toss to coat with sauce.
THIRD STEP: Place the lid on the Instant Pot and set it to sealing.
FOURTH STEP: Press manual and adjust the time to 20 minutes on high pressure.
FIFTH STEP: When the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.
SIXTH STEP: Let cool slightly before serving.
Are Little Smokies fully cooked?
These cocktail sausages are fully cooked and only need to be warmed up in the Instant Pot before serving.
Can I double the recipe?
Yes, you can easily double the recipe. In fact, if you’re feeding a large group, it’s a good idea.
Why is my sauce watery?
If your sauce is watery, turn the Instant Pot to sauté for a bit and you should be able to thicken it up.
How to Store Instant Pot Little Smokies
IN THE FRIDGE: Store bbq smokies in an airtight container in the refrigerator for 2 to 3 days.
Instant Pot Little Smokies
- 4 packages Little Smokies 14-ounce
- 1½ bottles chili sauce about 2 cups
- 1 cup pineapple juice
- ½ cup brown sugar
- In the bottom of the 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 it to sealing.
- Press manual and adjust the time to 20 minutes on high pressure.
- When the timer goes off, quickly release the pressure.
- Let cool slightly before serving.