Whether your event is a casual gathering for a few friends or a gala for dozens, cocktail wieners in a barbecue sauce are a zesty finger food. The mini hot dogs usually come precooked and packaged in vacuum-sealed bags. Reheating them releases their natural juices. Barbecue, bake or baste these tasty tidbits for your next get-together.
Infuse cocktail wieners with real smoky barbecue flavor by cooking them on the grill. To keep them from falling through the grate, slide the mini dogs on skewers. Cook them over medium heat for one minute per side until golden brown. Baste them with barbecue sauce just before turning or serve them with a flavorful sauce on the side.
For a piquant cocktail wiener, simmer the meat in a zesty sauce for about 20 minutes, until the weenies plump up. The classic sauce is a tomato-based sauce, such as barbecue or chili sauce. Add a sweet jam and a spicy sidekick, such as hot mustard or a chipotle hot sauce.
For a lower-fat version of cocktail wieners, bake them in a dish in a 350-degree oven for 12 to 14 minutes. Cool them slightly, then roll the wieners on a paper towel to absorb excess grease. In a bowl, toss the dogs in a few tablespoons of barbecue sauce or serve them with sauce on the side.
To serve guests in a hurry, microwave five cocktail wieners at a time in the microwave for 20 to 25 seconds, or until warm. Let them sit in the microwave for one minute after cooking, then toss them in warm barbecue sauce or serve the sauce on the side. If warming more than five at a time, allow them to cook for slightly longer.
At a buffet-style event, keep barbecue cocktail wieners warm in a slow-cooker on a low setting or in a chafing dish set over a low flame. Add a little water to keep the meat moist. If the heat is too high, the sugar in the barbecue sauce will caramelize and the meat may dry out.