These party-ready Honey Teriyaki Little Smokies can be made made entirely in your slow cooker or on the stovetop, when you're pressed for time. Serve them with attractive toothpicks for any occasion when snacks and appetizers are on the menu.
Honey Teriyaki Little Smokies
I'm often asked, what I do with the food I create for my website. It's a great question, and the short answer is, I give much of it away. Once I've developed a recipe, be it for a Brand or to add to the MSSK recipe index, I often gift the dish to neighbors, friends, family, our local fire station or the teachers at my son's school. Especially, the desserts. On the day I worked on these honey teriyaki little smokies, I had several recipe "irons in the fire" and our dinner was covered. So, I gifted these to a good friend and her family. While I serve these most often as an appetizer, she made rice and they ate these for dinner to rave reviews. I thought that was brilliant!
Tips for Making Little Smokies in a Slow Cooker
Slow cookers are ideal for parties, potlucks and entertaining. This entire dish is cooked and served directly from your slow cooker much like my sweet and spicy kielbasa bites. Little smokies are consummate party food and we love my everything pigs in a blanket and bacon wrapped brown sugar smokies for snacking, too.
- Before you start, cover the slow cooker with a slow cooker liner or spritz the crock with cooking spray for easy cleanup. Either will prevent the sweet sauce from sticking to the sides.
- Know your slow cooker and how it performs. Older slow cookers sometimes cook more slowly than more recent models, due to food cooking temperature regulations. Just like ovens, cooking times can vary due to age and from brand to brand.
- For a time saver, these smokies can be completely mixed together one day in advance, then poured into the slow cooker to simmer while you attend to other things.
- Are you a pineapple fan? Add another can to the mix.
- See the Cook's note in the recipe template for stovetop instructions.
- Serve these smokies as an appetizer or a main dish over a generous helping of rice.
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Helpful Kitchen Items:
Honey Teriyaki Little Smokies
- 3 14 oz packages little smokies smoked sausages drained
- 1 20 oz can pineapple chunks drained, reserve juice
- 1 16 oz bottle honey teriyaki marinade and sauce i.e. Sweet Baby Rays or KC Masterpiece
- 1 12 oz bottle sweet Asian chili sauce medium or hot, your preference
- 4 Tbsp cornstarch more or less as needed
- sesame seeds and fresh chives for garnishing
- Spray the crock of a 6 quart slow cooker with cooking spray. (May use any size)
- Arrange little smokies and pineapple chunks over the bottom.
- Add honey teriyaki marinade and Asian chili sauce. Mix until blended and smokies are coated.
- Cook on high for 2 hours.
- To thicken sauce at the end of cooking: Dissolve cornstarch in just enough reserved pineapple juice to dissolve. Add to crockpot, stirring until thickened. May use more or less cornstarch adjusting to your personal taste.
- Sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh chives. Keep warm until serving.