Stove Top Little Smokies in Sauce

Sweet and fruity these stove top little smokies can be made very quickly in a skillet with a simple jelly and cranberry sauce.

Quick stove top recipe for little smokies is heating them in sauce and jelly then serving with green onions out of the deep black skillet.

If you like this recipe you may also enjoy our BBQ Kielbasa Bites and Cocktail Meatballs.

Cocktail Sausages Recipe

A couple packages of little smokies cocktail sausages can be heated up on the stove top in under 10 minutes. Three simple ingredients, whole berry cranberry sauce, raspberry jam and cornstarch mix together to create a perfect appetizer recipe for entertaining.

Sweet and smoky with a delightfully surprising flavor from the jam and cranberry sauce these Stove Top Little Smokies are delicious! We often thing of ketchup of bbq sauce, but this recipe creates a fun twist.

Cranberry little smokies have an eye appealing coating of sauce that tastes so great. We enjoy eating them on toothpicks while grazing at a party or tailgate.

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Silver serving spoon holding little smokies coated in cranberry sauce and topped with slices of green onions over a skillet.

Just like our Pepperoni Pinwheels these little smokies with cranberry sauce make a great snack for a card night too.

Why This Recipe Works

  • This appetizer is ready in 20 minutes.
  • Easy to enjoy with a fork or on toothpicks.
  • The flavors are brighter and have more of a fruity twist than you expect making the Little smokies extra enjoyable.
  • Using the stove top makes this the fastest way to heat up these mini pre-cooked sausages.

Ingredients Needed to Make Cocktail Sausages in Sauce

  • Little Smokies – Cocktail size smoked link sausages – 2 packages or 2 pounds works well in this recipe.
  • Cranberry Sauce – We use an entire 16 ounce can of whole berry cranberry sauce.
  • Raspberry Jam – seedless raspberry jam works great, you can substitute other flavors if necessary.
  • Cornstarch – Will help thicken the sauce so it can stick to the lil smokies.
  • Green Onions – I love the fresh flavor that slices of green onions adds to this appetizer.
Ingredients to make Lil smokies are two packs of Lit'l Smokies, can of whole berry cranberry sauce, raspberry jam, chopped green onions and cornstarch on a white counter top.

Stove Top Little Smokies Recipe

The fastest way to make little sausages is to heat them up over medium high heat in a skillet on the stove top.

Smoked sausages of any size are typically precooked, but always read the label to be sure.

Precooked meat can be eaten cold, but these taste better warmed and served with our sauce or BBQ sauce.

What Are Cocktail Sausages?

Small smoked sausages are generally known as cocktail sausages, mini sausages, or cocktail weiners that are typically made of pork or beef and shaped into small bite size pieces for appetizers and party food.

While the ingredients may be similar to Kielbasa or Smoked Sausage, the meat in little sausages has a finer grind and uses smaller casings to create more appropriately sized servings that can be eaten in one bite.

Overhead view of little smoked sausages in a skillet with a sweet and thickened cranberry sauce with slices of green onions on a red and white napkin.

Smoky meat in a sweet cocktail sauce is so simple to heat up on the stove. Allow the cranberry sauce and raspberry jam to thicken in corn starch and the sweet sauce sticks nicely to the mini sausages.

How to Make Little Smokies on The Stove

Cut open packages of lil smokies and pour into a medium to large skillet.

Set the heat to medium or medium high.

Stir the cornstarch into the raspberry jelly and pour over the little sausages.

Raspberry jelly and corn starch stirred together and poured on top of little smokies sausage in a skillet on the stove top.

Add the entire can of cranberry sauce. Use your wooden spoon to flatten the sauce and stir it in.

Can of whole berry cranberry sauce poured over little smokies that are just starting to cook on the stove.

As the mixture heats up it will be easier to stir.

Stir occasionally to prevent burning until the mixture boils. Then turn the heat down to low.

Little smokies simmering in cranberry sauce and raspberry jelly waiting on the sauce to thicken.

Cook without a lid for about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until the meat is warm all the way through.

The sauce should be thick by this point and easily coating the sausages.

Lil smokies cooking in a skillet in a simple and sweet sauce.

Sprinkle with slices of onion.

Turn skillet to low or keep warm in a crock pot on low to serve.

Cocktail Sausages Cooking Time

These little sausages are ready to eat in about ten minutes when cooking over medium high heat.

An additional 5 to 10 minutes of cooking time will allow any sauce the sausages are being cooked in to thicken and stick to the casing to add extra flavor.

We love that little smokies are ready in less than 20 minutes on the stove.

Sweet and shinny coating of cranberry sauce and jelly on cocktail sausages in a large black skillet on a red and white plaid napkin on a wooden counter top.

What Goes with Little Smokies For Dinner?

Sautéed Squash & Zucchini and a Veggie Tray add some fresh veggies to the meal.

Roasted Vegetable Pasta mixes starch and perfectly cooked veggies for maximum flavor.

Three Corn Casserole goes almost any meal that we make because of the mild and enjoyable flavors.

Brown Rice Salad with Spinach is a wonder additional to a protein packed meal with little sausages.

More Easy Recipes With Sausage

Kielbasa and Noodles with Cabbage and Kielbasa and Potatoes both make a wonderful one skillet meal!

Cajun Sausage Pasta is a modern and delicious meal inspired by trending recipes on Tiktok.

This Smoked Sausage Skillet Meal is one of the most colorful and eye appealing combinations we have.

Large silver serving spoon full of little smokies made with cranberry sauce over top of a skillet full.

Stove Top Little Smokies

Servings 15 servings
Jennifer @ Plowing Through Life
Sweet and fruity these little smoky sausages can be made very quickly on the stove top in a simple jelly and cranberry sauce.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes


  • 28 ounces Cocktail sausages
  • 1/3 cup seedless raspberry jam
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch
  • 16 ounce can whole berry cranberry sauce
  • 2 tablespoons green onions sliced


  • In a medium to large skillet or a 3 to 4 quart sauce pan add little smokies.
  • Stir together cornstarch and jam and pour over the meat.
  • Add can of cranberry sauce and mix well.
  • Set to medium high heat and heat to a boil stirring frequently.
  • Reduce heat to low.
  • Cook uncovered for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally until sausage are hot.
  • Turn skillet to low or pour in a crock pot to keep warm.
  • Sprinkle with slices of green onion before serving.


Calories: 229kcalCarbohydrates: 19gProtein: 7gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 34mgSodium: 545mgPotassium: 108mgFiber: 0.4gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 21IUVitamin C: 1mgCalcium: 9mgIron: 1mg

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