If you’re anything like me, you cannot get enough of appetizers at a dinner party.  They offer the guest a way to sample so many different flavors without your palate being exhausted from one heavy or overly seasoned – or the greater sin an under the seasoned dish.

No other appetizer personifies bounty than that package of little bits of pork smashed into small casings. Then the Hillshire Farms Lil’ Smokies package.  I know, for as much as we talk about homemade things on this website and the Eat & Drink It Podcast – I confess, I do love these things.  And based on Hillshire Farms sales, I think you do too.

This is not my recipe, save the omission of one tablespoon of onions to a milder and a larger quantity of shallots.  The shallots tend to add a little bit more texture to the dish, and of course a comforting, less powerful onion flavor.

So, if you’re interested in throwing a party with friends – try kicking up your dinner party with Lil Smokies and a little Bourbon Whiskey!


Bourbon Dogs
Serves 9
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
1 hr
  1. 1 Package Lit'l Smokies (Hillshire Farm)
  2. 2 Cups Ketchup
  3. 3/4 Cup Bourbon Wiskey
  4. 1/2 Cup Brown Sugar
  5. 1 Medium Shallot (Minced)
  1. Preheat oven to 300°F. Open package of Lit’l Smokies and drain off any liquid; set aside. Combine remaining ingredients in medium saucepan; heat, stirring occasionally over medium heat until sugar is dissolved.
  2. Stir in Lit’l Smokies; pour mixture into small casserole dish. Bake for 1 hour, stirring occasionally. If mixture becomes too thick, thin with additional bourbon or water.
  1. After the first step, you can place the BBQ mixture and the Smokies in a Crock Pot and allow to come to temperature. However, you will not get the BBQ glazed appearance, the sauce will be a little lose in the Crock Pot Method. However, the flavors will still taste very good.
Adapted from Hillshire Farm
Adapted from Hillshire Farm
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