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Little Smokies Cocktail Carrots

  • Author: Brand New Vegan
  • Prep Time: 60 min
  • Cook Time: 30 min
  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
  • Yield: 3-4 servings 1x
  • Category: Appetizer, Snack
  • Method: Stovetop, IP
  • Cuisine: American, Vegan


Remember little smokies? Those little sausages we used to simmer in BBQ sauce every New Year's? This Holiday I converted an old recipe to make Cocktail Carrots instead, and they turned out fantastic!


  • 16 oz bag Baby Carrots


  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup low sodium vegetable broth
  • 2 Tbs maple syrup
  • 1 Tbs liquid smoke
  • 1 tsp yellow mustard
  • 1 tsp minced garlic
  • 1 tsp pickled jalapeno juice
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder


  • 1/2 cup grape jelly
  • 1/4 cup dijon mustard


  • Whisk all marinade ingredients together and set aside. 


  1. Cook carrots by boiling on the stove for 10-15 min until just fork tender. 
  2. Drain and mix with marinade.  Allow to marinate in the fridge overnight or at least several hours. 


  1. Add carrots AND marinade to your IP and cook on MANUAL for 3 minutes.
  2. Carefully release the pressure (QR - quick release) and transfer carrots and marinade to a bowl. 
  3. Allow them to marinate overnight or at least for several hours. 


  1. Drain your marinated carrots (save marinade for another use) and add to a large saucepan.
  2. Whisk the jelly and mustard together until smooth and stir into the carrots. 
  3. Heat gently until bubbly and carrots have heated through. 
  4. Serve to your guest with toothpicks for skewering. 

Keywords: cocktail carrots, little smokies