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Holiday Appetizer - BBQ Smokies

Instant Pot BBQ Smokies

Instant Pot BBQ Smokies are a quick & easy appetizer with just 3 minutes of cooking time making these the perfect snack for any occasion.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword bbq, beef, mini dogs, smokies
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 3 minutes
Pressurize & Depressurize 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 20


  • 2 pkgs Beef Lil' Smokies 24 ounces each
  • 2 cups of water
  • 40 ounces BBQ sauce - we like Sweet Baby Rays
  • 2 ounces mustard
  • 1- ounce bourbon
  • 2 tbsp minced onions
  • 1 tbsp minced garlic
  • 1 tbsp Pappy's seasoning
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 4 dashes hot sauce - flavor of choice
  • 1 tsp cornstarch
  • splash of water


  • Combine add the smokies and water to the bottom of the pot.
  • Top with bbq sauce, mustard, bourbon, minced onions, minced garlic, Pappy's, pepper, and hot sauce - in that order and do not stir.
  • Cover and set manual pressure for 3 minutes.
  • Once done, do a quick release. Uncover and stir.
  • Combine the cornstarch and water in a small bowl and whisk until combined and you have a thin milky liquid - add more water as needed.
  • Add the cornstarch slurry to the pot and stir well. It will thicken as it sits.
  • Serve warm.


Make these in the air fryer - Place the smokies in the air fryer in a single layer and sprinkle with desired seasonings. Brush with desired sauce and then sprinkle with brown sugar. Cook at 340 degrees for 12 minutes, flipping halfway through.
**for extra WOW - wrap with a partial strip of bacon before cooking.