" Yes indeed ! " Li'l Smokies, Small Italian Meatballs, " or even a combination of both of them cooked together ", are a fantastic appetizer to make for any party or family get together ..... I haven't, as of yet, found anyone that doesn't like either the Li'l Smokies or the Small Italian Meatballs made this way. And it's a " very rare ocassion that I ever have any left over ! "
Now when it's a small family get together, or just me and my wife Karen, I use my " 1.5 Quart Round Slow Cooker " ( photo shown below ). For larger get togethers I always use my " 4 Quart Round Slow Cooker " since you can get more in one and I almost " always " mix Li'l Smokies & Small Italian Meatballs for that one. ( photo shown below ).
The below recipe is for the " 1.5 Quart Round Slow Cooker " size since that's the one I make the most ~ See " Tip #1 " below if you want to make a bigger batch in your " 4 Quart Round Slow Cooker " ..... and yes ..... a " 4 Quart Oval Slow Cooker " will also work and recipe changes for that are also noted in " Tip #1 " below.
Ingredients: ~ ( For 1.5 Round Slow Cooker )
- 1 ~ 12 " or " 14 oz. package of Little Smokies ~ ( See Tip #2 )
( Or Small Italian Meatballs ~ which " we " prefer instead of the Li'l Smokies )
- 1 ~ Tablespoon of Worchestershire Sauce ~ ( Optional ~ but I like it better with )
- 1 ~ cup of your favorite BBQ Sauce ~ ( See Tip #3 )
- 3/4 ~ cup of your favorite Grape Jelly
( I use Welch's Concord Grape Jelly )
- Put your Li'l Smokies or Small Italian Meatballs into the slow cooker.
- In a medium size bowl add the BBQ Sauce, Jelly, and Worchestershire Sauce and stir mixture until combined.
- Pour mixture over the Li'l Smokies or Small Italian Meatballs and mix well.
- Put the lid on the slow cooker and cook on " Low " for 4 to 6 hours.
( I normally cook them for " 6 hours " because we like them tender but they are also good after " 4 hours " )
- Then serve as you desire ....
( We turn the slow cooker on " Warm ", take off the lid, and serve with a small slotted spoon. )
To make this in a " 4 Quart Round Slow Cooker " there aren't any changes to the above recipe ..... However in a " 4 Quart Round Slow Cooker " you are able to " double the above recipe " for more servings.
To make this in a " 4 Quart OVAL Slow Cooker " you would also have to " double the above recipe " and then insure that all the meat in the slow cooker ( since it's oval in shape ) is covered with the sauce ..... What I do, if I need too, is simply add a little more " BBQ sauce " until all the meat is covered .....
My favorite " Li'l Smokies " are the " Eckrich Brand " ( see photos below ). My favorite in the below group are the " Cheddar " ones however all of them are really great. Other brands are also very good if you can't find the " Eckrich Brand ".
You can visit the Eckrich website to see all the other great products they have by " Clicking Here " ! Their website also includes a lot of great " Recipes " as well for their products.
My favorite " Barbecue Sauce's " for this recipe are the " Sweet Baby Ray's Brand " ( see photos below ). My favorite in the below group is the " Hickory & Brown Sugar " however all of them are really great. Other brands, and maybe you already have a favorite one, are also very good if you can't find the " Sweet Baby Ray's Brand ".
The " Sweet Baby Ray's Brand " has " 15 different sauce flavors " to choose from. You can visit the Sweet Baby Ray's website to see all their sauces by " Clicking Here " ! Their website also includes a lot of great " Recipes " as well for their products.
If you don't already have a 1.5 Quart Slow Cookers you should consider getting one ..... They are great for :
- Meals for 1 or 2 .....
- Making Appetizers .....
- Warming cheese dips & sauces for home or for taking to a party .....
- Cooking Veggies .....
- Cooking Soups .....
- Etc. .....
They are normally available at Wal-Marts for between $10.00 to $20.00
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