For the next few weeks, we’ll be sharing some of our favorite Super Bowl recipes, beginning with easy ones and working our way up to more, er, extravagant ones. This week, we’re looking squarely at those of you who want to cook but don’t have any culinary skills to speak of. Or maybe you just want to be the guy who shows up on Super Bowl Sunday with the tastiest, easiest recipe on the Internet. Either way, we’ve got your back with these sweet, smoky bite-sized snacks.

Lil’ smokies may not feature the freshest ingredients, but they require very little chopping and absolutely no stovetop preparation. Just open a few containers—including a beer! Put it all in the slow cooker and let the magic happen.

For the beer, we used the Extra Pale Ale from Summit Brewery in Minneapolis, MN. It’s a super flavorful pale ale and one of the first craft beers Kyle fell in love with. If you can find it in your area, use it in the recipe and drink more during the game. If not, look for another pale ale or even use a can of PBR. You really can’t mess up this recipe.


Super Bowl Lil’ Smokies
2 14-ounce packages little smokies
1 12-ounce bottle of beer
1 12-to-14-ounce jar grape, raspberry, or mixed fruit jelly
4 chipotle peppers (packed in adobo sauce)
1 tablespoon adobo sauce (from the pepper can)
½ cup your favorite barbecue sauce


Roughly chop the chipotle peppers. Add the smokies, beer, jelly, peppers, adobo sauce and barbecue sauce to a slow cooker. Cook on high for about an hour. Drop the temperature to low and allow to it simmer until you’re ready to eat.