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2 packs Lil Smokies or similar cocktail weenie of your choice
1 can *
1 large Yellow Onion (diced)
4x Garlic Cloves (roughly chopped)
12oz Chicken Stock
4oz Tomato Paste**** (if not using Chipotles in Adobo)
Method 1 (Smoker)**:
In a foil pan, combine all ingredients. Stir to combine. Wrap in aluminum foil and place in smoker. Cook for 2 hours or until hungry.
Method 2 (Crock Pot)***:
Combine all ingredients in crock pot. Stir to combine. Set to High setting, and cook for 3 hours or until hungry.
If you are having a cocktail party and use the Smoker method, just transfer the weenies to a separate bowl with some of the broth. Serve with some toothpicks and a good spicy mustard on the side. You will be amazed how quickly they disappear. This also happens if you serve them straight out of the crock pot, a method I also endorse.
My kids absolutely love eating these weenies on top of some cheap yellow rice from the store. Go figure. (Confession time, my wife and I also like to eat them this way).
Leftovers also go great with beans. Or in a lunchbox as an easy snack.
To adult it up a bit, you could add some kale close to the end of the cooking time and eat this as a kale and sausage soup.
*- Omit these if you don’t like spicy or are feeding the littles. Alternate option, de-seed a dried and chili and add instead. Chili flavor without chili heat.
**- I prefer the flavor from this method to the crock pot version. That being said, I generally do not fire up the smoker just for cocktail weenies. The weenies are a great side item to throw on the smoker when you are already cooking something else (turkey, pork butt, brisket, etc…). With these, if the meat is taking its time to get tender, you have something to snack on in the meantime.
***- The crock pot method is super convenient and gets great results, but the smoker method generally has better flavor. It is also great because it can travel pretty well in the crock pot if you are headed to the party vs. hosting the party.
**** – If you are not going the spicy route, I recommend adding a bit of tomato paste. This gives the broth a bit more body and makes for a more flavorful dish overall.