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Sweet and Sour Smokies – Mini Cocktail Franks

These sweet and sour smokies are the perfect food for entertaining. Not only are they a crowd pleaser, but they’re easy to prepare for anyone’s taste.

platter filled with sweet and sour smokies with toothpicks

Whether you’re making them for game day, the holidays, or any other special occasion, you’ll be a hero for putting out a platter of these yummy mini cocktail weenies. Add some of these air fried pineapple rings to the plate to make it even more special.

You’ll find a printable recipe card with all of the ingredients and instruction at the bottom of this post.

Easy Sweet and Sour Smokies

You only need a few ingredients to add wonderful flavor to this delicious party food. This recipe delivers the perfect balance of sweetness and tanginess that will have everyone hovering around the appetizer table.


Here are the ingredients you’ll need to make this yummy treat:

  • 1 pound cocktail franks (lil smokies)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
ingredients for sweet and sour smokies sauce

How to Make Sweet and Sour Cocktail Smokies

Prep Time: Start by gathering your ingredients. This recipe requires a very small amount of prep time, so you can focus on enjoying your time with everyone.

Combine Sauce Ingredients: In a medium saucepan, mix the brown sugar, flour, pineapple juice, vinegar, dry mustard, and soy sauce. This sweet and sour sauce is the secret to giving the smokies their irresistible flavor.

Cook: Bring the mixture to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly to ensure a smooth sauce. Once boiling, add the cocktail franks, reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 25-30 minutes. This cook time allows the flavors to meld beautifully, infusing the smokies with the delicious sauce.

Serve: Arrange the smokies on a platter, accompanied by plenty of toothpicks for easy snacking. The glistening sauce over the little smokies not only adds flavor but also makes for an attractive presentation.

Variations for Every Cooking Method

Whether you prefer using a slow cooker, crock pot, instant pot, or even an air fryer, this smokies recipe can be easily adapted. The low and slow cooking method of a slow cooker or crock pot is perfect for infusing the smokies with the sweet and sour sauce, making them tender and flavorful.

For those who love quick and convenient cooking, the instant pot offers a speedy alternative, while an air fryer can provide a slightly crispy exterior to the smokies. If you use an air fryer, you’ll need to put the ingredients in an oven-safe bowl.

Flavor Variations, Tips, and Hacks

One of the things I always recommend is making them according to the recipe the first time. After that, you’ll know what you need to make them perfect for your own taste.

Here are some suggestions:

  • Pineapple Chunks: For an extra burst of flavor and texture, consider adding pineapple chunks to the sauce. This not only enhances the tropical sweetness but also complements the tanginess of the apple cider vinegar.
  • Grape Jelly and Chili Sauce: If you’re feeling adventurous, swap out the brown sugar and pineapple juice for grape jelly and chili sauce. This combination is a classic that brings a delightful depth of flavor to the smokies, creating a version that’s both sweet and slightly spicy.
  • Barbecue Sauce: Whether you make your own barbecue sauce or use the bottled version, this is always a favorite of cocktail smokies lovers!

Remember, cooking is all about making a recipe your own. Feel free to experiment with different ingredients and cooking methods to suit your taste and dietary needs.

More Delicious but Easy Appetizers

All of these appetizers are super easy to make, yet they’re all a huge hit! Here are just a few of our favorites:

Basic Cheese Ball – This basic cheese ball recipe is easy and delicious as-is. But if you want to add even more flavor, you’ll see some suggestions and tips to add some zing!

cheese ball on a cheese board with crackers

Low Carb Cheese Crisps – Not only are these crispy treats keto-friendly. But they’re also delicious enough for everyone to enjoy! You won’t believe how easy they are to make!

cheese crisps on a plate

Pigs in a Blanket – This classic recipe from Six Sisters Stuff is sure to be one of the most popular recipes on the snack table. These delightful treats are so delicious that everyone will want seconds!

Classic Guacamole Dip – Serve this wonderful dip with your favorite corn chips. It’s absolutely wonderful!

bowl of classic guacamole

For more easy, delicious treats: Quick and Easy Party Appetizers

Sweet and Sour Smokies for Party Success

This sweet and sour smokies recipe is a great foundation for delicious, party-worthy dishes. Remember that recipes don’t have to be complicated. With its easy prep time, versatile cooking methods, and irresistible flavor, it’s sure to become a staple in your recipe collection.

So, next time you’re looking for a dish that’s worthy of any celebration, remember these little smokies and watch as they become the highlight of your event.

Yield: 20 servings

Sweet and Sour Smokies

plate of sweet and sour smokies with toothpicks

This sweet and sour smokies recipe brings a ton of flavor to your favorite cocktail franks.

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes


  • 1 pound cocktail franks
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 1-1/2 tablespoon flour (regular or gluten-free)
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/2 cup pineapple juice
  • 1 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce


  1. In a medium saucepan, combine the brown sugar, flour, pineapple juice, vinegar, dry mustard, and saucepan. 
  2. Stir until well mixed. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat, stirring constantly.
  3. Add the cocktail franks. Reduce heat to low.
  4. Simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  5. Serve on a platter with plenty of toothpicks.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 98Total Fat 7gSaturated Fat 3gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 3gCholesterol 13mgSodium 209mgCarbohydrates 7gFiber 0gSugar 5gProtein 3g

The nutrition information is a product of online calculators. I try to provide true and accurate information, but these numbers are estimates.

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