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Honey Garlic Little Smokies

Easy peasy, fool-proof cocktail sausages that are amazingly sweet and savory, and of course, completely irresistible!

Honey Garlic Little Smokies - Easy peasy, fool-proof cocktail sausages that are amazingly sweet and savory, and of course, completely irresistible!

I had planned on sharing this in the coming weeks, but with the Super Bowl on Sunday, I realized that this absolutely needs to be added to your game day menu stat, no questions asked. Because at the end of the day, no one can resist these cute little smokies.

Honey Garlic Little Smokies - Easy peasy, fool-proof cocktail sausages that are amazingly sweet and savory, and of course, completely irresistible!

Now I do have a slow cooker version of this but this one here has some Asian flair, extra garlic and of course, those sesame seeds garnish. Just based on the garnish itself, I highly recommend this for your tailgating party. It makes for such a pretty dish to impress your guests!

Honey Garlic Little Smokies - Easy peasy, fool-proof cocktail sausages that are amazingly sweet and savory, and of course, completely irresistible!

No, but really, these little smokies are unbelievably easy and completely irresistible. Now they should be sufficient for at least 8 appetizer servings but if you end up feeding yourself and only yourself, I won’t blame you.

Honey Garlic Little Smokies

Easy peasy, fool-proof cocktail sausages that are amazingly sweet and savory, and of course, completely irresistible!

10 minutes30 minutes


  • 2 (16-ounce) packages old fashioned beef franks, drained and rinsed
  • 1 teaspoon sesame seeds
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro leaves

For the sauce

  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon freshly grated ginger
  • 1 tablespoon Sriracha
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil


  1. In a large skillet over medium heat, combine ketchup, brown sugar, garlic, honey, soy sauce, ginger, Sriracha and sesame oil. Stir in beef franks.
  2. Bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer until franks are thoroughly heated and plump, about 25-30 minutes.
  3. Serve immediately, garnished with sesame seeds and cilantro, if desired.

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Nutrition Facts
Serving Size
Servings Per Container 8

Amount Per Serving
Calories 433.4 Calories from Fat 308.7
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 34.3g 53%
Saturated Fat 13.4g 67%
Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 60.1mg 20%
Sodium 1644.3mg 69%
Total Carbohydrate 18.1g 6%
Dietary Fiber 0.4g 2%
Sugars 16.1g
Protein 13.4g 27%

*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

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  1. Rated 5 out of 5

    This recipe is perfect. Just wished I’d had some minced green onion for a topper. 

  2. Rated 5 out of 5

    Absolutely delicious and very easy to make. My whole family loves it!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    Made these for an event last night. So good! We didn’t add Siracha but did everything else as called for!

  4. If I wanted to make this in the morning for a dinner in late evening, what would be the best way to go about this? Cook the sauce, refrigerate, and then reheat on stove top and add sausages? 

    • That sounds like a great idea! But unfortunately, without further recipe testing, I cannot answer with certainty. As always, please use your best judgment regarding substitutions and modifications.

  5. Really enjoyed these. I wasn’t sure the Asian flavors would work with the smoked sausages, but they did. I left out the brown sugar and they were sweet enough for us; I almost think more sweetness would’ve overwhelmed the other flavors.

  6. I made these great little appetizers for a work party and making them tonight for Game Night.  Super easy and Delicious.  

  7. I want to serve these at a work potluck. Can I make the sauce the night before and then throw the lil smokies and sauce in a crock pot the next morning to be ready at noon?

  8. You have used the term little beef smokies – in Australia does that refer to cocktail franks or to chippolatas?
    Would appreciate if you could help

  9. I made these for dinner yesterday. All I can say is …. DELICIOUS… DELICIOUS… DELICIOUS!!! Thanks so much for the recipe.

  10. I wish these had been on my game day menu. They look so good, I’m about ready to make them for dinner!

  11. I made these last night for the super Bowl and they were great! I did leave out the sesame seeds because i THOUGHT that i had some but they turned out to be poppy seeds instead. Also, i didn’t have fresh ginger and used some ginger powder. I will be making these again!! Thanks Chungah!!

  12. Hi, the version of li’l smokies I can get are extra salty, is there anything I can do to get rid of the saltiness before I try out this recipe?

    • You can try rinsing them as thoroughly as possible but other than that, I’m not sure if there’s anything else that can be done.

  13. love this twist on a good old fashion appetizer! PINNED! =)

  14. YUM!!! Love that these are traditional with a twist. Can’t wait to chow down on them this Sunday!

  15. I love little savoury nibbles – like these honey garlic smokies. I have a feeling they will make such an awesome game day appetizer!

  16. Unrelated, but I was just looking at the taste section of Huffington Post and recognized one of the pictures and they linked your recipe. Just in case you missed that.


  17. These look great Chungah! And I love how the sesame seeds always give any dish that special finish 🙂 The sauce sounds addictive! x

  18. These sound great and I bet that the sauce would go good on meatballs too!

  19. Yummy!! Going to make these for the super bowl 🙂 Can you cook in the crock pot instead?

  20. Chungah, Another winning recipe. But when you add Sriracha, I usually pass on the recipe. I really want to try this one,. So what is Sriracha?

    • Sriracha is an Asian-style hot sauce. Please feel free to omit as needed, although I would advise against it as it brings in so much flavor!

      • Don’t pass on it! Sriracha definitely has heat, but such a wonderful heat. You see it on nearly every Asian restaurant table. The most popular brand has the tell-tale bright green twist list. A regular condiment staple at our house.A little goes a long way. But so great!

  21. Delicius!! Just love it! i will try it for sure!

  22. Looking forward to making these on Sunday. Thanks for the idea!

  23. Just what I need to make for the big game this weekend!

  24. I love your Asian twist on these game day snacks. Glad you shared this a little early!

  25. you said “old fashioned beef franks”, but aren’t they ‘lil smokies?