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What Goes With Little Smokies for Dinner: 18 Easy Ideas

Enhance your dinner time with these delicious dishes to accompany your lil smokies

Claire Onidi By
Claire Onidi
Passionate about food and pastries since always, Claire spends most of her time in the kitchen to develop new recipes. She is French but lived many years abroad.
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Updated October 23, 2022

Do you struggle about what to serve with little smokies? Especially if you want to turn them into dinner with a side dish or present them as part of a bbq or party.

what to serve with little smokies

Little smokies are mini cocktail sausages, available in almost every grocery store and sold in pre-packaged bags.

Most little smokies have a smoky flavor and are made of either beef or pork, or a combination of the two. You might also find some variations, for example, cheddar or chipotle flavors.

Little smokies are super easy to heat up or bbq and you can enjoy them as a snack or as hot dogs.

But, if you’re wanting to make a meal out of these cocktail sausages, there are lots of delicious sides that pair well with them. One good option is a sweet yet savory bbq sauce.

Get more inventive and create a pasta salad, macaroni pasta dish, mashed potatoes, or why not try some sweet potato fries. All of these ideas will give you a tasty accompaniment to go with the smoky flavor of your little sausages.

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01. Sweet Potato Fries

Crispy on the outside, and yet soft and melt-in-the-mouth on the inside, try this sweet potato dish with your mini sausages. All you need is some avocado oil and a simple seasoning mixture of salt, garlic powder, and pepper.

Once the sweet potato fries are baked, turn your oven up to the broil setting and cook for a further 5 minutes to get a really crispy fry. Add spices of your choice before serving – the kids will particularly love cinnamon and sugar.

02. Mashed Potatoes

A classic yet flavorful dish, everyone loves mashed potatoes!

This side takes a little longer to cook. But most of the time is taken up by the garlic roasting in the oven which you can leave while you get on with other chores.

And, this is one of those handy side dishes that you can make ahead of time. Keep in the refrigerator and reheat on your stove or in the oven just before you’re ready to serve.

03. Baked Potato Wedges

For a tasty and healthier alternative to fries made in the deep fryer, try these baked potato wedges cooked in olive oil.

If you line your baking tray with parchment paper before using it, there won’t be any tough oil stains to clean up afterward. A top tip is to soak the potatoes first, as this will give the skins an even crispier finish and the insides an even more tender texture.

04. BBQ Sauce

What better way is there to bring out the smoky aromas of your little smokies, than with a sweet but tangy barbecue sauce?

It takes just 20 minutes to make this delicious sauce, and it’ll keep in your fridge for up to 2 weeks so you can try it with a whole host of different dishes. Plus, just a small amount of cayenne pepper gives this sauce a warm but not overpowering spicy kick.

05. Potato Salad

For those of you who like to bbq little smokies, then a classic side dish like a hearty potato salad is the ideal accompaniment.

Your taste buds will thank you, as this recipe gives you a range of different flavors and contrasting textures that all come together with each bite you take!

You can either choose to bake or boil the potatoes. Then, load with chives, sour cream, bacon, shredded cheddar cheese, and a deliciously tangy dill pickle sauce, and your potato salad is complete.

06. Macaroni Salad

Don’t rely on a store-bought macaroni pasta salad when you can easily rustle up this tasty, homemade side dish yourself. Its creamy texture goes really well with meat dishes including your lil smokies.

Follow the package instructions to cook your macaroni, and once cooled add the mayonnaise dressing. Adding some chopped boiled egg ups the protein content and gives your dish a bit more texture.

07. Mac and Cheese

A creamy, decadent mac and cheese is the perfect accompaniment to your smoked sausage. This recipe uses 3 different types of cheese and some panko crumbs to give you that golden, crisp topping.

Try not to overcook your pasta before you assemble the dish. Remember it continues to bake once in the oven and you don’t want it to go soggy!

08. Grilled Vegetables

Sticking to a healthy side dish doesn’t have to be boring. This dish of mixed vegetables looks nice and colorful on your plate, and it tastes yummy too due to being cooked on the grill.

Garlic, herbs, olive oil, and lemon juice make the juicy marinade that will keep your grilled vegetables moist and give them some real flavor. You might need to add your veg at different times to the grill, as some will take a bit longer to cook than others.

09. Baked Beans

Baked beans are a staple in most households, but did you know that with a few basic ingredients, you can make them taste even better? Give them a BBQ twist with this recipe and they’ll go really well with your little smokies.

And you can create this beans and smokies casserole dish in your slow cooker, giving you more time to relax or tackle other jobs. You’ll just have to put up with the rich smoky flavor infusing your kitchen while the food cooks!

10. Roasted Broccoli

In just 15 minutes, you can turn this green vegetable into a side dish worthy of your lil smokies. Roasting the broccoli in the oven intensifies the flavor, giving it a delicious taste to go with your sausages for your main course.

All you need for this roasted broccoli is some olive oil, garlic powder, paprika, salt, and black pepper. Remember to adjust the time in the oven depending on how big or small you’ve made your florets.

11. Fruit Salad

Why not try something a bit different and put together this refreshing dish to accompany your little smokies. It would work particularly well at a bbq or summer party and will give your guests something light and tasty without being stodgy.

You can get creative and use whatever type of fruit you like, including grapes, strawberries, peaches, raspberries, or melon. And to get ahead, prepare your fruit and the lime dressing separately and combine just before serving.

12. Potato Chips

Don’t buy packaged potato chips from the grocery store. Instead, impress your family and friends with a homemade mixture of this simple but tasty side.

Once you’ve baked the potatoes – and you could also try using sweet potatoes too – feel free to sprinkle on the toppings and flavors of your choice. Try seasoned salts, dried parmesan, herbs, or taco seasoning

13. Green Beans

With just 4 ingredients and with just 25 minutes of cooking time, make this delicious veggie side. It’s low in calories, plus the harissa paste gives it a nice spicy kick and contains antioxidants that are good for your health.

Make sure you use fresh and not frozen green beans, otherwise this favorite recipe will end in a soggy mess! And try the harissa before adding – different varieties have different levels of heat, so it’s all about personal preference on how spicy you like your side dishes.

14. French Fries

The whole family will love this as you can’t go wrong when serving your little smokies with french fries! To ensure that your fries taste good and have a really crispy outer, soak your potatoes first before draining them and baking.

Cooking your french fries on a layer of foil for 5 minutes first will stop them from sticking to your baking sheet. And adding the cayenne pepper is optional if you’re not a big fan of spicy dishes.

15. Apple Sauce

The smoky aroma from your cocktail weenies will really be brought out by this sweet condiment. And you don’t need to rely on shop-bought apple sauce when the real deal can be made with little effort at home!

Depending on how sweet your apples are (and your sweet tooth!), you can add a little brown sugar or stevia to this recipe. You can also batch cook this sauce and keep it in your refrigerator so that it can be used with lots of different dishes.

16. Rice

Side dishes to partner up with your little smokies don’t have to be complicated. This tasty, garlicky rice can be cooked any day of the week for dinner in your Instant Pot or on the stove.

Add extra parmesan if you want a really cheesy and creamy texture to your rice. Plus, you can use your favorite type of broth – either homemade or store-bought works just as well.

17. Glazed Carrots

Upgrade the humble carrot by making this delicious side dish that’ll soon become a family favorite. Or why not use the yummy glaze on a range of mixed vegetables?

Baby carrots are ideal as it cuts down on your prep time, as you can cook them whole. And depending on the time of year, you can substitute the allspice for pumpkin pie spice if you’re eating your little smokies in the fall.

18. Coleslaw

If you intend to bbq little smokies, this delicious dish with a tropical twist is a great summer accompaniment. The addition of pineapple gives this slaw a sweeter flavor, and your guests will certainly be asking for more!

You can increase the tang levels by adding more apple cider vinegar. And for a mix of textures, try sprinkling some chopped walnut or macadamia nuts on top.

What Goes With Little Smokies for Dinner: 18 Easy Ideas


  1. Choose your favorite side dishes to accompany your little smokies

  2. Gather all of the ingredients together before your dinner or bbq

  3. Prepare your dishes, doing as much as you can ahead of schedule

  4. Serve to your family and friends and enjoy!