With the World Cup right around the corner, it is almost time for the World Cup watch parties to commence. That can only mean one thing…appetizers! What event is complete without little snacks for everyone to enjoy? A boring one! But, there is no need to make many complicated foods for the parties. Instead, try something easy like these delicious honey garlic smoked cocktail sausages.
Their small size makes it easy for everyone to eat without getting their hands dirty, or needing a plate. Each sausage is covered in a mix of brown sugar, honey, ketchup, soy sauce and garlic to make it flavorful. These little smoked sausages may be small, but once your guests get a taste of them, they won’t stop eating them! You may just end up hosting all the World Cup watch parties after making this honey garlic cocktail sausage recipe.
Brown Sugar: adds a lot of caramel flavor to the sausages. Use dark brown sugar for a stronger caramel flavor.
Honey: gives the sausages a nice sweetness and shiny exterior.
Ketchup: brings some acidity to balance out the sweetness of the sugar and honey.
Soy Sauce: it’s best to use soy sauce over salt, because it brings umami to the dish as well.
Garlic Minced: these wouldn’t be honey garlic sausages without the garlic! Minced garlic brings in a slight kick to the cocktail sausages. Feel free to use more or less garlic in the recipe.
Cocktail Weenies: this recipe uses beef sausages, but feel free to use other sausages like turkey or chicken cocktail sausages.
HOW TO MAKE HONEY GARLIC COCKTAIL WEENIES
This recipe is all about simplicity. By using a crockpot, you can cook the cocktail weenies ahead of time and keep them warm throughout the party.
In a bowl, combine all the ingredients except for the sausages. Mix all the sauces and garlic until they are homogenous. Put the little sausages into a crockpot (3 or 4 quart) and cover them in the sauce. Give them a good stir to make sure all the weenies are fully covered in the sauce.
Cook the sausages in the crockpot on high for 2 hours, or low for 4 hours. Don’t forget to stir the weenies once in a while to prevent burning. Once the sausages are fully warmed through, you’re good to go! Leave them in the slow cooker to keep them nice and warm during the festivities.
Have a couple toothpicks by the crockpot, so people can easily pick up the sausages. Once they get a bite, they will surely finish them by the end of the night.
QUESTIONS ABOUT THE RECIPE
Can this be made vegan?
Feel free to use seitan and roll them into a sausage shape to make a vegan version of this recipe. You may need to add a bit more sauce, because seitan does not have as much flavor in it as cocktail weenies.
What if my crockpot is larger than the one used in the recipe?
No worries, you can still make this recipe! Cook it on low instead of high, and stir often. Keep an eye on them to make sure they don’t burn while cooking.
Can I use minced garlic from a jar?
That’s perfectly fine. Use what you have in your kitchen for this recipe, but I don’t recommend replacing garlic with garlic powder.
How can I store this recipe and how long does it last?
I don’t think you will have many leftovers at the end of the day. In case you do, store the sausages in the sauce for 4 days in the fridge. It’s best to reheat the weenies in the crockpot.
Can I make it spicy?
The garlic provides a bit of kick to the cocktail weenies, but if you want more spice add some red pepper flakes. Another great trick is to add sriracha into the sauce mix!
Can I use regular-sized hotdogs?
The recipe uses cocktail weenies, but you can definitely use regular-sized sausages. Make sure to cut them into smaller bite-sized pieces, though. If you keep them big, then the cooking time will differ.
Can I make this recipe ahead of time?
One of the best parts about this honey garlic cocktail weenie recipe is that you can make it ahead of time. It is a “set it and forget it” kind of recipe. Make them a few hours ahead of the party, then leave them in the slow cooker to stay nice and warm.
What can I serve these little sausages with?
It’s best to give guests toothpicks so they can eat these sausages easily. They are cooked in many sauces, so there you don’t have to make an additional sauce for these cocktail weenies. They could go well with something like coleslaw, or a classic BBQ with the family.
- Use this recipe with other types of meat like meatballs or fish!
- Feel free to adjust the quantities of the seasonings and sauces to make stronger or weaker flavors.
- Cook the sausage for a minimum of 2 hours, so they are cooked all the way through. There’s nothing worse than a cocktail weenie that’s hot on the outside and cold on the inside!
- To keep the honey garlic weenies warm during the party, put your crockpot on the warm setting.