Cheddar-Beer Weenies


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.

Cheddar-Beer Weenies
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
45 mins
Bake Time:
30 mins
Heat Time:
4 hrs
Total Time:
5 hrs 15 mins


  • 1 14-16 ounce package beef cocktail wieners

  • 12 - 16 slices bacon, cut crosswise into thirds

  • 2 tablespoon butter

  • 1 cup finely chopped onion (1 large)

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 cup beer

  • ½ 16 ounce jar (about 3/4 cup) cheddar pasta sauce or one 10.75-ounce can condensed cheddar cheese soup

  • 1 teaspoon bottled hot pepper sauce (such as Cholula brand)

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder


The day before:

  1. 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.

  2. 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:

  1. 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.

  2. 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 (per serving)

500 Calories
46g Fat
6g Carbs
14g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 500
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 46g 59%
Saturated Fat 18g 90%
Cholesterol 88mg 29%
Sodium 1211mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 6g 2%
Total Sugars 2g
Protein 14g
Vitamin C 2.4mg 12%
Calcium 50.5mg 4%
Iron 1.3mg 7%
Potassium 249mg 5%
Folate, total 12.1mcg
Vitamin B-12 0.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 0.2mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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