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Crock-Pot Grape Jelly Cocktail Hot Dogs

January 20, 2020

Bowl of cocktail wieners and toothpicks
These Hillshire Farms cocktail hot dogs cooked in a crock pot with grape jelly and ketchup are a delicious appetizer that couldn't be easier to prepare.

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Bowl of cocktail wieners in sauce

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It is always nice to have a few appetizer recipes on hand that will wow guests but don't require a lot of prepping or work.  Anytime you have visitors, your time is better spent socializing than slaving in the kitchen.  That is one reason why I'm always a fan of serving some sliced meats, cheese balls, and crackers at get-togethers. And with the super bowl coming up very soon, you may be looking for something easy to serve for the evening.

Bowl and plate of cocktail hot dogs with sauce

One recipe I make quite often (whether guests are coming or not!) is for little cocktail hot dogs that are marinated with a mixture of grape jelly and ketchup.  I know......if you've never heard of these before, I'm sure you're as skeptical as I was before I tried them that this odd combination could be good.

But after hours in a slow cooker, these Lit'l Wieners are one of the most delicious appetizers ever.  And best of all, aside from the few minutes spent tossing everything into the crock pot and lifting the lid a few times to stir it all, you're free to go about the rest of your day as they cook.

You can easily double or triple this recipe according to how many guests you plan on serving.

Grape Jelly Cocktail Wieners on a plate

So whether you want to mix together a batch for your next party or you are just looking for an evening treat for yourself, these Grape Jelly and Ketchup Cocktail Hot Dogs are a winning recipe that you must give a try.  And if there is any leftover, they heat really well on the stove the next day.


Bowl of grape jelly cocktail wieners


Makes about 8 to 10 servings


  • 2 14-ounce packages of Hillshire Farms Lit'l Wieners (or 2 pounds of hot dogs cut into thirds)
  • 2 cups Heinz ketchup
  • 8 ounces grape jelly
  • 1/2 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1/8 teaspoon garlic powder


STEP 1: Mix all the ingredients together in a slow cooker and stir until cocktail hot dogs are well coated.

STEP 2: Cook on low for 3 to 4 hours, stirring occasionally until you're ready to serve.

Close up of cocktail hot dogs in sauce
Grape Jelly and Ketchup cocktail hot dogs appetizer

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