Party planners can make Bourbon Cocktail Wieners, Bacon-Wrapped Smokies or Skewered Little Smokies to put out for appetizers. There are many ways to prepared these petite cocktail weenies, just treat them like any other sausage.
Little Smokies are small cocktail sausages traditionally cooked in a barbecue sauce made with grape jelly, tomato sauce and spices. This is not the only way to prepare these sausages. Many recipes are available from Hillshire Farm to try out.
The bourbon cocktail wieners recipe preserves the classic way of serving Little Smokies in a sauce. Instead of being grape jelly based, it is ketchup based with a healthy dose of bourbon, brown sugar and chopped onion. The sauce and the Little Smokies go in a casserole dish in the oven to cook at 300 degrees Fahrenheit for about an hour.
The bacon-wrapped smokies recipe turns Little Smokies into an easy pick up food by wrapping individual sausages with pieces of bacon. A toothpick holds the bacon in place and a sprinkle of brown sugar adds some sweetness to the whole package. These are baked in the oven at 400 degrees F for about 20 minutes and served warm.
The skewered little smokies recipe makes a delightful appetizer or a meal out of two or three skewers loaded with sausages, fruits and roasted veggies. Create a sweet and hot mix with some chunks of pineapple, red or green bell pepper, cherry tomatoes, asparagus and the sausages. Slather each skewer with some sweet and sour sauce and bake for about 20 minutes at 350 F.