Spicy cocktail weenies

Cocktail Weenies of Doom!

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The Lowdown:

I have a confession to make.  I love cocktail weenies.  When I was a kid, they always turned up at parties somewhere (usually in some version of barbeque sauce) and I would wolf them down.  In the years since then, not much has changed.  I still love cocktail weenies.  Sadly, they are not generally considered a gourmet treat when you show up with them at a dinner party nowadays.  This recipe is my response to that conceit.

Yes, I say conceit.  Cocktail weenies are a wonderful thing to cook, under the right circumstances.  And they are delicious.  Trust me.  Rant over, let us continue.

The genesis for this recipe comes from a dinner party I threw several years ago for some friends. The entire dinner was centered around beer (specifically Stouts) and every dish featured beer as a component. Since I was going to be smoking the main course for the dinner, I decided to do my first course on the smoker as well.  These weenies (if you haven’t guessed by now) were that first course.  It ended up being a fun play on a childhood favorite that definitely gave everyone something to talk about.  They also disappeared from my serving bowl at a rapid pace.

Fast forward a couple of year, and my wife and I decide to throw a housewarming party for our new home.  I decided to make these again, since they are easy and delicious.  Yet again, they disappeared at a speedy pace.

My mother-in-law even loves these things, and she doesn’t even eat spicy food.  Go figure.

So here you go, enjoy some adult weenies!  Savor the spice!

Notes:

Using a better cocktail weenie is recommended for this recipe.  Don’t go cheap on your weenies.

Negra Modelo or a nice full flavored beer works well in this.

Having made this recipe with and without using , I find the version with to be far superior. The peppers and the adobo break down and give the weenies a nice spicy coating.

Spicy Cocktail Weenies Recipe

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Ingredients:

Mise-en-place

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

12oz Beer

4oz Tomato Paste**** (if not using Chipotles in Adobo)

1tbsp Salt

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.

Serving Suggestions:

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.

Notes:

*- 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.