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State Fair inspired Baby Sausage Dogs has cornmeal breading on a Lil smokey sausage. You can make this kid-approved, family favorite any time of year!


Corn dogs with different dip sauces on wooden board


I had an idea to tempt Lincoln to try new food. You see, he’s a terribly picky eater. I totally understand that.

I wanted to make small corn dogs, but I knew Lincoln would not dare try them. Usually, if he helps make something, he’ll at least try it. I thought if we used Lil Smokies instead of hot dogs that I would have a better chance.It was a total success. Both Lincoln and Ryder helped make these Baby Sausage Dogs. And both ate and liked them! Score!!

2 boys

These are my two babies! Lincoln and Ryder. They’re as different as daylight and dark. Lincoln (left) won’t at anything. Ryder eats everything. We actually did a Fifty New Foods Challenge for Lincoln last year to try and expand his food appreciation.Here are a couple of dishes that he tried and liked!
Chicken Taco Bites
JP’s Steak Bites
Molasses Glazed Pork Tenderloin

We’re still working on fruits and vegetables!


skewers and cocktail smokies
Beef cocktail smokies and skewers
Lil smokies skewers
Lincoln skewered while I played photographer!
young boy stirring ingredients in mixing bowl.
After mixing the dry ingredients and before adding the wet, we dipped the dogs in the dry mixture.
This will help the batter stay on the dog.
baby sausages on skewers breaded
Big Daddy did a few hot dogs cut into thirds.
breading Lil Smokies on skewers
Lincoln is 10 and has been helping me in the kitchen and Wesley on the grill for years.
This is the first time we let him fry something.
I would be super careful if you have little ones frying.
We carefully supervised our boys during this process.
dipping food into batter for frying.
Dip each skewer into the batter right before it goes into the 350 degree oil.
baby sausage on skewer with batter for frying.
Let excess batter drip off.
baby sausages on skewers frying
Once you add the skewer to oil, rotate it for about 20 seconds so
 that the batter will be smooth around the dog.
2 people frying baby sausages on skewers
Heyyyyyy, that’s me!! I never make the photos!
We are concentrating on those dogs!
mini sausage corn dogs in deep fryer, one cooked
Fry the dogs until golden brown, remove from oil and drain on wire rack or paper towels before serving.
2 kids frying mini corn dogs
 This was such a fun family activity!
Do you have special strategies to get your kids to eat?
baby corn dogs on skewers.

Baby Sausage Dogs

Corndogs made with Lil smokies, perfect for children.
Author: Paula
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 4 minutes
Servings: 20 servings


  • 2 quarts vegetable or peanut oil
  • 1 cup flour
  • 3/4 cup cornmeal
  • 1/4 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 2 Tablespoons honey
  • 1 large egg
  • 1/2 cup milk
  • 1 pack Lil Smokies cocktail sausages
  • skewers


  • Place one Lil Smokie on end of skewer. Set aside.
  • Mix flour, cornmeal, baking soda, baking powder, and sugar. Stir. Dip sausage in dry mix and set aside.
  • In another bowl, mix honey, egg, and milk. Add to flour mixture. Stir to combine. Set aside 4 to 5 minutes to thicken.
  • Heat oil to 350 degrees.
  • Dip sausages into batter. Rotate to coat evenly. Submerge in hot oil and fry until browned about 4 minutes. Remove from oil and drain on a wire rack in a 200 degree oven until all dogs are cooked. Serve immediately with ketchup and Honey Mustard


Calories: 69kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 2g | Fat: 1g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 10mg | Sodium: 20mg | Potassium: 47mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 5g | Vitamin A: 23IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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What dishes do you enjoy cooking with them?
Look what else we made! Fried Oreos! 
I had Oreos from this recipe and gave it a whirl. The boys had never seen Fried Oreos at the Fair so it was big fun to them!

deep fried Oreo cookie on a skewer.
deep fried Oreo cookie.


  1. Good idea!!! None of my bunch are fans of hot dogs either… and Bo is my picky one. I’m not good at deep frying though… think the stove eye is not getting hot enough? I have a baby fry daddy somewhere I got as a wedding gift we should be using! Any tips for deep fat frying?

    1. I have to use a thermometer to keep the temp right, that’s the key. But we don’t fry very often. And do it outside if you can or else boil water and white vinegar on the stove to get rid of the smell.

  2. Yum. That's so cool that your boys loved them. I have picky eaters too. Having them help cook helps. Sometimes. Sometimes they see what I'm putting in something and turn up their noses =o) These look great, tho. Totally going to try them. Thanks! (And the Oreos!!!)

  3. My boys would love this – Idk why I've never thought to use the smokies?! Great idea 🙂

  4. Hi Paula!

    As usual, everything that you do, really looks quite yummy and delish!

    I am going to soon start trying out some of your recipes for sure!!


  5. Looks like a fun project, but you definitely have to do it with older kids who can stay focused on what they're doing and take the job seriously. I'm scared to death to have hot oil around kids. My cousin had a whole fryer of oil spill on her when she was 3 years old because her older sister came in from outdoors and tossed her jacket.

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