Last summer, my middle sister and her husband came for a visit. This is always cause to celebrate since they live in Eastern Central Oregon and we don’t see enough of them. The visit was a quick one – just a few days of visiting, playing games, swimming and most of all great family time.
Our youngest sister hosted a pool-side pot-luck for the final day of their visit. She was in charge of the appetizers, Dad’s wife (her mother) made a yummy crock pot pizza pasta while my contribution to this impromptu gathering was the salad and dessert. We all made garlic bread, a miscommunication between us that resulted in a mountain of warm wonderful bread. Oh well, in our family warm bread never goes to waste.
Baby Sister had planned to make Little Smokies in a barbecue sauce. This is simple – dump cocktail smokies in a pot (quick method) or crock pot (slow simmer method). Pour on a bottle of your favorite barbecue sauce and warm everything together. Easy as can be and always a hit. She decided to use the crock pot method since it requires no tending, just time to warm through.
In went the smokies. Baby Sister grabbed a jar from her pantry and dumped its contents into the pot. It was at that moment she realized that she had made a mistake. Instead of grabbing the barbecue sauce, she had opened a jar of Teriyaki Glaze. Oh well, what was done was done – she hoped for the best.
I’m here to tell you, her mistake transformed the “usual” little smokies into a delightful surprise. These were delicious. I’ve enhanced her boo-boo by adding some pineapple chunks to the mix. Bam! Little Sister gave us a new family favorite for our next gathering.
Teriyaki Smokies with Pineapple
2 Packages Beef Little Smokies
1 small can Pineapple Chunks, drained
1 Jar Teriyaki Glaze
Place Little Smokies and pineapple chunks into a slow cooker. Stir gently to mix sausage and pineapples together.
Pour Teriyaki Glaze over cocktail mixture. Give it one more gentle stir. Set crock pot to HIGH and heat for one hour.
Keep warm and serve directly from the pot or transfer to a nice serving bowl with a few cocktail skewers to get things going.