Whiskey Wieners

[Photograph: Robyn Lee]

This recipe comes from our own Meredith Smith, who once made them at a hot dog party of mine (not to be confused with a sausage party). They were by far the most popular snack of the evening, and also by far the easiest to make.

They've got whiskey and wieners, they take two minutes to put together, they're eaten with toothpicks, and everybody except the snootiest of the snoots loves them.

By the way, even after several hours of slow-cooking, the whiskey aroma can still be quite powerful. And of course, the best thing to pair whiskey wieners with is... whiskey.

I've heard that some people choose to throw alliteration to the wind and serve Tequila Wieners, but that sounds just a bit too wild for me.

Whiskey Wieners

About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 15-20
Active time:2 minutes
Total time:6 hours
Special equipment:Slow cooker
This recipe appears in: How to Throw a Kentucky Derby Party


  • 1 cup ketchup
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup bourbon
  • 3 pounds cocktail wieners (or you can use hot dogs cut into bite-sized pieces)


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    Add ketchup, brown sugar, and bourbon to slow cooker and stir to combine. Add wieners and cook on low for 6 hours. Serve straight out of the cooker with toothpicks. Wieners can also be cooked on the stovetop. Combine the ingredients in a large saucepan, then place it on top of a large skillet over low heat and cook at below a simmer for 6 hours.


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