Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages — Damn Delicious

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Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages

The easiest, most effortless cocktail sausages you will ever make right in the crockpot. Just be sure to double the batch because these will disappear fast!

Jason and I tend to be home-bodies. We like staying home whenever possible, eating leftovers or ordering delivery, and spending time with Butters.

But just because we’re hermits doesn’t mean that we can’t make party cocktail sausages for ourselves.

And then eat those 10 servings of party cocktail sausages for an entire week.

We had these as a midnight snack, we had them for dinner, and we also had them for breakfast with a fried egg on top.

As you can see, these not only work as a party appetizer but they can work as any meal throughout the day.

And even after having these for an entire week, I made it again the week after that. It’s unbelievably easy to whip up and they’re packed with so much flavor – we just couldn’t get enough!

Slow Cooker Cocktail Sausages

Yield: 10 servings

Prep Time: 10 minutes

Cook Time: 4 hours

Total Time: 4 hours, 10 minutes

The easiest sausages you will ever make in the crockpot. Just be sure to double the batch because these will disappear fast!


  • 1 1/2 cups ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha, or more, to taste
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 2 (16-ounce) packages beef hot dogs, quartered
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley leaves


  1. In a large bowl, whisk together ketchup, brown sugar, Worcestershire, Sriracha, Dijon and 3 tablespoons water.
  2. Place hot dogs into a slow cooker. Stir in ketchup mixture and gently toss to combine.
  3. Cover and cook on low heat for 4-5 hours or high heat for 2-3 hours.
  4. Serve immediately, garnished with parsley, if desired.

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These look so good!
All I could think about was one of my mum’s classics – sausages swirled through mash, and how these cocktail sausages would totally add a little something to it, maybe make sweet potato mash for them instead for some nice sweetness, I’d definitely get the toothpicks out and munch some in proper cocktail fashion as well though! 😀 *wants*

These look delicious, question…. should these be quartered “lengthwise” or crosswise? They look crosswise in the pictures. Great for a kids party, they like to graze and will always go for hotdogs! Thanks for the great ideas!

Laurie – my apologies – these should be quartered crosswise, not lengthwise.

Yay for being home bodies! the hubs and I’s “Date night” usually means we go to IHOP for pancakes (judge me) and then come home and binge watch The Food Network all day.Except now pancakes may have to be these adorable little sausages! Love! Pinned!

Quartered lengthwise would give you long strips. Maybe cut into chunks would be a better description.

Thanks for pointing that out, Laurel! The recipe has been updated.

Not to be rude – but did nobody look at the pictures?

Please tell me what the little bits of green are in the final picture. I’m assuming an herb, but would like to make sure because it adds to the visual appeal. Thanks

Esther, these are garnished with fresh parsley, but cilantro would work as well!

Another nice recipe. Thank you.

These are perfect for football snacking! My husband and I like to host parties, and I love anything that can be made in advance so it’s ready to go when company comes over. These look fantastic, I will have to give them a try! 🙂

I sure look forward to all your recipes!
Take care,

Beautiful pictures and another amazing recipe. Can’t wait to try..thinking the grandkids would enjoy making. Thank you for sharing .

These slow cooked cocktail sausages are such a perfect and easy appetizer that I definitely will be recreating for the upcoming festive season. Thanks for the great idea!

It is amazing what you have done to these hot dogs! These hot dogs got transformed completely, no one can ignore them any more. Must try!

Can’t wait to make these at our next get together! p.s. Butters is killing me with his cuteness. GAAAAH!

What is Sriricha

Sriracha is an Asian style hot sauce, found in the Asian aisle of your local grocery store.

where did you get the cute little bamboo looking toothpicks?

I purchased them from Amazon.

Hello! These look delicious. Just wondering what size your crockpot is? Mine is between 5-6 quarts so I’m just wondering how it would affect ingredient ratios, whether the hot dogs might dry out and burn. Thanks!

Mine is 3 qt but a 6 qt slow cooker should be fine!

try it with kielbasa.

I found this @ Pinterest and I am going to make this for my company potluck tomorrow at noon. TY so much for sharing, I can’t wait to try this!

Do they have to be the beef hotdogs? Or would regular ones work?

Please feel free to use any kind of hot dogs you prefer.

I don’t have a crockpot but I really want to make these? How can I? Please help!

Diya, please understand that it is very difficult to give exact conversion information to translate a slow cooker recipe to be used on the stovetop without further recipe testing. I recommend using your best judgement to recreate this without a slow cooker.

Love it! Now my question is whether I could add okra to this and turn into into the southern stewed okra dish?

That sounds great but unfortunately, I do not have much experience cooking southern stewed okra dish so I may not be the best person to ask. Sorry!

Is it 16oz for one hot dog? Thanks!

16 ounces is for one package of hot dogs.

Could I use kielbasa?

I haven’t tried it myself but I don’t see why it would be an issue. However, kielbasa is a thicker sausage so cooking time may have to be adjusted.

OMG… Chungah I don’t know how you do it. I normally don’t comment on anything but I couldn’t take it.

Do you mean cut length wise? Are fn kidding me. Does that make any sense, look at the pic! And then the other response maybe u should say chunks. Jesus people

Do you mean a 16oz hot dog? Lol…

Can I add okra? Absolutely not! You may end the human race if u added anything else. Lol

I don’t have a crockpot. Can I cook this in a wok over an active volcano? Would that work? Its a crockpot recipe A hole. Why are even looking at crockpot recipes if u don’t have one. You figure it out how to cook a different way. Unbelievable!

I couldn’t possibly use a different kind of sausage could I ? No way in hell this is a very specific recipe. Morons

I don’t think these people should even be allowed in a kitchen near sharp objects and appliances. You’ll prolly delete this but it’s ok. I just wanted to say what I know u wanted to. I held waaaay back on what I really wanted say. Good luck keeping your sanity. People really are idiots.

Eric makes me laugh…please don’t delete

Love your recipes. We’ve tried several and I keep referring people to your blog for great food ideas. These sausages are going on our menu for tomorrow.

You’re too funny, but I was thinking the same thing. I don’t know how she does it either. Thanks for finally saying it.

Thank you Eric . Saved me from typing !

Eric you took the words right out of my mouth. What a bunch of idiots. I feel awful saying that but g-d damn some of the questions…

I had many of these same thoughts while reading the comment section. But, then I reminded myself that some may be new in the kitchen. Plus, not everyone has “cooking sense” and must go exactly by recipe directions.

I totally agree with you, Eric. I admire Chunga’s patience and politeness answering these kind of questions. The recipe is really easy to understand. Thanks for sharing!

ROFLMAO. Thank you, I started to believe for a minute this entire post was a joke but you my friend saved the day! Haha thanks for the laugh and honesty!

LMAO I agree totally!

I had such high hopes for these but to the adults they just tasted like hotdogs in ketchup…. I didn’t use the Sriracha so maybe that was the problem. However, all six grandkids loved them. I added BBQ sauce to them to doctor it up a bit, after the adults started commenting on them. That helped. Usually love your recipes!

Bindie, I’m sorry that this didn’t come out for you but the Sriracha may have caused this – it’s an Asian-style hot sauce that brings in so much flavor!

I make these with “Little Smokies” sausages. They are great!

I would like to make these for my son’s 3rd bday for the kids. I’m worried the Siracha sauce might be too hot/spicy for them? I don’t mind using it, just want to know the heat and spice factor. Or do yiu suggest another sauce to replace the Siracha sauce? TIA!

It’s really not very spicy at all, but if you are worried about the heat factor, I would recommend adding at least 1 tsp and then adding more, to taste.

just FYI, I was successfully able to adapt this to the stovetop by adding about 3/4 cup of water and letting the whole thing simmer on medium heat for about 20-30 minutes (or whenever the hot dog pieces plump up and the sauce is reduced). it’s a great recipe! my husband asked what kind of bbq sauce it was and when I said I made it myself he was very impressed (but anything hot dog related impresses him).

I made this using skinless smoked sausage instead of hot dogs. My teenagers LOVED the results ! Thank you for posting this recipe !

these look absolutely delicious! I don’t have a slow cooker can this be done in a Dutch oven if so, for how long should I cook them? thanks..

Arima, here is a recipe of mine that is done on the stovetop that you can use for guidance to convert this recipe:

Thank u Chungah.

This looks delicious. For those who want something faster, I cut my hot dogs as in this recipe, and saute in a frying pan with apricot jam and a little cognac. That’s it. You can also use, cream sherry, whiskey, bourbon or scotch. The alcohol cooks off and so little is used but really adds to the flavor. : )

I actually made this using kielbasa instead of hot dogs (the best buy date was for today so I had to do something with them). These were fantastic. Both of my daughters could not get enough and neither of them like kielbasa! Hubby loved them too.
Thanks for sharing this.

What was the cooking time for using sausages? Did they take longer?

Love this recipe!
For those who want an adult only recipe, here is mine and it is addictive.
You will need the appropriate size nonstick frying pan.
*Cut all beef hot dogs in chunks as in this recipe
*Apricot or peach jam
Fry hot dogs in jam on low heat then add a little brandy to deglaze
the frying pan. Keep hot in a heated chaffing dish. Provide toothpicks or cocktail forks for your guest to skewer
You won’t hear the end of compliments on this easy recipe. : )

I made these on Super Bowl Sunday and they were delicious.

Eat them for breakfast? Hmm I don’t know … UNTIL I MADE THEM. And I sit here at 7:57am chomping on these leftovers. Mmmm.

I add a ton of veggies to mine – carrot chunks, broccoli, cauliflower and toss them on top of the wieners. My crockpot cooks hot and is 7qt so I do low for 3 hours giving it a stir in the last hour. Definitely a keeper!

These appetizers are simply wonderful. Prepared them for the company brunch today but used 3 packages of Beef Lil Smokies. Received greatest honor when they were eaten in less than 15 minutes and had to give recipe to ALL employees. Thank you so much for yet again making my potluck dish the star of the Christmas brunch.

Does 1 batch fill a crockpot or could I do 2- 3 batches in 1 crockpot? I want to make these for my daughter’s birthday

If a large enough slow cooker is used, you can do 2-3 batches at once. However, it is important to be mindful of the change in cooking time. Hope that helps, Lorrin!

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