Whenever we have more than a few folks over, my husband always asks that I make "Drunken Wienies". What the heck are those you may ask? You've definitely had them, or something really similar: They are simply cocktail franks (or wieners) -- or little hot dogs -- or mini-sausages -- in a savory sauce. There are a couple of things that might be a little different about the way I do it. One is that I add bourbon to the sauce mixture. Hence the name, Drunken Wienies. I also add some hot sauce and, at the insistence of my husband, cayenne pepper. If you don't like things real spicy, omit the cayenne pepper. The hot sauce adds good flavor and just a touch of heat.
Since the festive season is almost upon us and tailgate season is in full swing, I thought I'd share this super simple, tasty appetizer. This also has the advantage of being fairly budget friendly. They also reheat perfectly, so absolutely make them ahead and save some time the day of the gathering.
Hey, don't turn your nose up, I know it's not "foodie chic", but I guarantee, it will be a favorite at your next gathering, especially if you've got a bunch of hungry men in the group!
For 20 -25 people -- Appetizer Serving
2 pkg Hillshire Farms "Lil' Smokies" or Cocktail Wieners (about 70 pieces)
1/2 c. grape jelly
1/2 c. Heinz chili sauce
1/4 c. Bourbon
1 T. KC Masterpiece barbecue sauce
2 T. Texas Pete Hot Sauce
1/8 - 1/4 tsp. cayenne pepper (optional)
First, make the sauce: In a medium sized sauce pan, melt the grape jelly with the chili sauce, bourbon, barbecue sauce and hot sauce. Make sure the grape jelly has completely melted before you add the wieners.
Next, add the cayenne pepper, if using, and the mini-wienies. Cook for 20 minutes or until the wieners are hot.
Serve it immediately. Or you can put it into a small dish to reheat later. Or you can place it into a small sized crock pot over low heat.
This is easily doubled or tripled for a large crowd.
Plan to have about 3 wienies per person, more if there are a lot of men in the group.
Sing the "Men" song now. That's what my guys do.