Keto Cocktail Weenies


A classic party favorite

This three ingredient keto lil' smokie recipe is a favorite around the holidays and at potlucks. Lit'l Smokie Cocktail Weenies are slowly cooked with sugar-free BBQ sauce and grape jelly to create a delicious smoky, sweet comfort finger food.

A low carb version of America’s favorite cocktail weenie appetizer, this keto lil’ smokie recipe is an easy dish you can throw together when you have guests coming for a party. Keep the lil’ smokie theme going and serve with these stuffed jalapeno poppers or even serve the leftover sauce with easy meatballs made in the air fryer.

A toothpick holding a lit'l smokie sausage over a bowl.

Everyone loves these cute little sausages – especially when you slow cook them in BBQ sauce and grape jelly. The flavor is a knockout!! These keto cocktail weenies give a smoky, heat mixed with sweet hints of grape with every beefy bite.

And with a few simple substitutions for the BBQ sauce and grape jelly, you can enjoy a favorite appetizer without all the added sugar!

How to make cocktail weenies

  1. Pour sugar-free BBQ sauce into a crockpot, Instant Pot or sauce pan.
  2. Add sugar-free grape jelly.
  3. Dump lit’l smokies into the pot. Stir.
  4. Let slow cook for the time specified below in the recipe.


A bowl with cocktail weenies smothered in sauce.

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Keto Lil Smokies Ingredients

Keto Cocktail Weenies Directions

  • Keto Cocktail Weenies
  • A bowl of keto cocktail weenies covered in grape bbq sauce with text that reads 'keto cocktail weenies".

    Keto approved cocktail weenies

    Although the brand Lit’l Smokies may not contain the cleanest of keto ingredients, they are low in carbs (only 2 grams net carbs per 5 sausages). You can easily fit that into your macros.

    If you are looking for a cleaner keto version that is grass-fed, contains no sugar, gluten free and nitrate free, Teton Waters Ranch makes a cocktail sausage that can be found at some grocery stores or purchased online. These weenies are < 1 g carbohydrate for five of them.

    A hand holding a toothpick stabbed into a cocktail sausage.

    Sugar free BBQ sauce options

    There are many keto BBQ sauce options you can use in this keto appetizer recipe. The bottle sugar free sauce all have about the same carbohydrates per tablespoon (1 gram carb).

    You can always make your own low carb BBQ sauce if you have the time. This is often more budget friendly and it won’t contain any unnecessary filler ingredients.

    But it’s easy just to buy it, so here are some brands I love:

    Keto grape jelly

    Traditional grape jelly is loaded with sugar! However, there are some brands you can find that are making sugar free grape jelly.

    • ChocZero Grape Jam – A sugar-free Concord Grape spread that is only 1 g net carb per tablespoon. Use code KETOFOCUS to have 10% off your order!
    • Good Good Grape Jelly – Sweetened with erythritol and stevia and only 1 g net carb per tablespoon. Does have 1 g sugar from the grape juice concentrate.
    • Skinny Girl Merlot Grape – Only 1 g net carb per tablespoon; however, this brand does contain maltodextrin and sucralose.

    Storage instructions

    This is an ideal keto appetizer to make up a few days ahead of time and store in the refrigerator until the day of the party. Reheat in the stove top for 10-15 minutes over medium heat.

    Any leftover keto lil smokies can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days. 

    Keto Cocktail Weenies: FAQS

    Can you eat lil smokies without cooking them?

    Yes, they are fully cooked when you buy them; however, it's always best to check the packaging before consuming anything.

    Are lit'l smokies keto?

    Yes! Smokies are low in carbs and high in fat. There are around 1-2 grams of carbs per 5 weenies.

    What is a cocktail weenie?

    Cocktail weenies a mix of pork or beef sausage; although, you can find them that are all pork or all beef sausage. They are small enough to be eaten in a single bite making them a popular appetizer to be served at a gathering like a cocktail party.

    Nutritional information & Macros

    Nutrition Information

    Keto Cocktail Weenies

    Servings: 11

    Amount Per Serving
    Calories 214
    Fat 16g
    Protein 9.8g
    Total Carbs 8.5g
    Net Carbs 4.1g

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