Sweet and Sour Lit’l Smokies

What a busy season of life I am in! With a 7, 5, and 2 year old some days seem to whiz right by me! I have this “one day” of the week that is especially busy (do you know what I’m talkin about?) So, that day, dinner gets less attention and is catered more towards the children…it makes it easier on Mom to get everyone fed and out the door for basketball! On our busy day this week, we had Sweet and Sour Lit’l smokies, mac n cheese, and a salad. A very simple yet palatable meal for the little ones…Don’t underestimate this recipe…is is goooooood…I also substitute frozen cocktail meatballs for appetizers when company comes over. I am sure many of you have made this over and over again, just like me! For those of you who haven’t…you are going to love it! Enjoy! ~Janelle

1 package of beef lit’l smokies, ketchup, grape jelly and a crockpot (this is my mini- crockpot)
It is that easy….3 ingredients.
Stir well, put lid on and let cook for 3 hours. 
Whala! These are also great served as an appetizer (don’t forget the party picks!) 
Sweet and Sour Lit’l Smokies
1 package lit’l Smokies
1 cup ketchup (yes, you can use Chili sauce, lol)
1 cup grape jelly
Stir together and place in crock pot for 3-4 hours until done. This recipe may be multiplied as needed!



  1. I've never heard of this way before! I've heard of meatballs with BBQ sauce and meatballs with a mixture of cranberry and chili sauce but never this way. Sounds interesting. I might have to give it a whirl! 🙂

  2. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Becky- the combo is like magic! Doesn't sound like it would be good but it is…and people always ask for the recipe…hilarious at facial expressions when I have to tell them! enjoy!!

  3. Those are yummy and a great appetizer too! I make one with keilbasa–just put equal parts spicy brown mustard and red currant jelly in a crock pot and add the keilbasa cut however you like and heat. Tasty too:-)

  4. Jackie Koll says:

    Never thought to use the little smokies in this sauce – always use meatballs. This would make a great dinner to have with my kids the night my husband isn't home (not that he couldn't like it – but I look for things that are really fun for the kids!)

  5. Saved by Grace says:

    What a quick little recipe. This evening I was looking in refrig for something quick and easy. I clean on Mondays and at the end of the day I'm pooped. This will be one that I can try sounds easy enough. Can you crockpot this all day on low? Thanks for all your great recipes and your ministry. I am so blessed by it.
    Your sister in Christ Jesus,

  6. Janelle Nehrenz says:

    Suzanne..love it, keilbasa and mustard..MMMMMM! Jackie, your kids will love it- I actually give them party picks (watchfully of course, lol) and they have fun eating them like that. Thank you so much Adrienne…you are always so good to me! Yes, low would work depending on how hot it gets (my mini crockpot doesnt have a setting so I have to be careful the sides don't burn) love, Janelle

  7. I’ve made meatballs this way before: sweet chili sauce and grape jelly. Tastes amazing!

  8. stephanie says:

    Will grape jam make a difference?

  9. I’m making this recipe as a snack on food for my son’a 2nd birthday party this weekend. We are going to have a full house (at least 35 people), I bought 84oz of little smokies and I’m not sure should I triple the recipe? I’m not sure how many cups of jelly and ketchup to use. Also do I set the crockpot on high for 4 hours? If anyone could email me at kimberdeyton@gmail and let me know, it would be so appreciated!!! Thanks in advance!!!

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