Slow Cooker Baked Beans and Little Smokies is the perfect appetizer recipe when you’re looking for something quick, easy, and absolutely delicious. Made with just a few pantry staples, you’ll have this game day crowd pleaser done and ready to serve in no time.
Why this baked beans and little smokies recipe works
I personally love this recipe because it has a great flavor combo. The mixture of baked beans and little smokies adds heartiness while barbecue sauce, mustard, brown sugar, and Worcestershire sauce add a nice balance of flavor. Super yummy appetizers like these are quick to become a family favorite.
Besides dicing the onion, the prep time is very minimal. The smoked sausage is pre cooked so the length of the cooking time is more to allow the flavors from each ingredient to marry together in the crock pot.
- Baked Beans: You’ll want to use at least 2 large cans of beans. I like to use Bush’s Homestyle brand.
- Little Smokies: This recipe calls for a 12 ounce pack but you can easily double this if you want more smokies.
- Barbecue Sauce: There are many flavors of bbq sauce to choose from, so you’ll have to use personal preference depending on the flavor you want. If you’re making this for the first time, I recommend starting with an original flavor.
- Onion: You only need a cup of diced onion, so a medium yellow onion should be plenty.
- Brown Sugar: You can use light brown sugar or dark brown sugar. The primary difference between the two is the level of molasses. Light brown sugar is going to have less.
- Mustard: This adds a nice tangy flavor to the bbq sauce base.
- Worcestershire Sauce: This sauce is a flavor enhancer and makes everything taste better.
Step One – Pour the baked beans into the slow cooker. Add the remaining ingredients. Stir.
Step Two – Stir all the ingredients until well combined.
Step Three – Cover and cook on HIGH for 3.5 hours or LOW for 5 hours. After cooking time, give it a good stir, then serve and enjoy!
How to Serve:
- These can be served directly from the crock pot as is.
- They can also be used as a topping for nachos.
- Use tortilla chips or large Frito scoops to add a crunch.
- When it comes to side dishes, you can’t go wrong with a fresh side salad, a fruit cocktail, or sliced carrots and celery.
You can always chop beef hot dogs and add them instead.
If you’re taking them to a potluck, game party, family gathering, etc., you can keep them in the slow cooker. When you get to your establishment, plug it up and turn the heat setting on WARM. Turn it off completely once the contents get a little less than half.
Some people add extra seasonings such as onion powder, garlic powder, grape jelly, and cooked bacon bits. You can also add a can of pork and beans.
Pour any remaining beans and smokies into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them over on the stove top over medium low heat until warmed throughout.
Sure! Just make sure you get baked beans without meat and withhold the smokies. To make it more hearty, try adding red beans, black eyed peas, and/or butter beans.
Slow Cooker Baked Beans and Little Smokies
- 56 oz. Homestyle Bush’s Baked Beans (two 28-oz. cans)
- 12 oz. little smokies (double this if you want it extra meaty)
- 1 cup diced yellow onion
- ½ cup barbecue sauce
- 1 Tbsp. brown sugar
- 2 Tbsp. yellow mustard
- 2 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
- Pour the baked beans in to the slow cooker.
- Add the remaining ingredients. Stir.
- Cook on HIGH for 3.5 hours or low for 5 hours.
- Serve and enjoy!
- Double the little smokies for extra meaty baked beans.
- This can be a side dish or a main dish!
- Pour any remaining beans and smokies into an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to 3 days. Reheat them over on the stove top over medium low heat until warmed throughout.
Nutrition info is auto-generated. This information is an estimate; if you are on a special diet, please use your own calculations.