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Prepare these weenies and cheddar-beer sauce the day before so all you have to do is warm in a slow cooker with a car adapter on game day.

Source: Better Homes and Gardens


Credit: Karla Conrad

Recipe Summary

45 mins
30 mins
4 hrs
5 hrs 15 mins


Ingredient Checklist


The day before:
  • Preheat oven to 400°F. Line a 15x10x1-inch baking pan with foil or parchment paper. Tightly wrap each cocktail wiener in a piece of bacon; secure with a wooden toothpick. Place in the prepared baking pan. Bake for 30 to 35 minutes or until bacon is brown and slightly crisp. Cool for 10 minutes. Remove and discard toothpicks. Place wieners in a storage container; cover and chill overnight.

  • Meanwhile, in a medium saucepan heat butter over medium heat until melted. Add onion and garlic; cook for 5 to 8 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat. Stir in beer, pasta sauce, hot pepper sauce, and chili powder. Transfer to a storage container; cover and chill overnight.

Tailgate day:
  • Transfer cocktail wieners and sauce mixture to a 1 1/2-quart slow cooker with a car adapter. Cover and reheat on low-heat setting for 4 to 5 hours or until heated through.

  • Tightly cover slow cooker and tote in an insulated carrier. At the tailgating site, plug slow cooker into car adapter and keep cocktail wieners warm on warm-heat setting.


If you like, double the recipe and use a 3 1/2- or 4-quart slow cooker with a car adapter.

Must-have equipment:

1 1/2-quart slow cooker with a car adapterInsulated carrier

Nutrition Facts

500 calories; fat 46g; cholesterol 88mg; saturated fat 18g; carbohydrates 6g; mono fat 19g; poly fat 3g; sugars 2g; protein 14g; vitamin a 243IU; vitamin c 2.4mg; thiamin 0.2mg; riboflavin 0.1mg; niacin equivalents 2.4mg; vitamin b6 0.2mg; folate 12.1mcg; vitamin b12 0.4mcg; sodium 1211mg; potassium 249mg; calcium 50.5mg; iron 1.3mg.