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Slow Cooker Appetizer: Bourbon Barbecue Bites

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 8
Author Blair



  • Slice franks into bite-sized pieces (I cut each hotdog into 6 round pieces).
  • Heat oil in a large non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Sautee sliced franks in the skillet just until brown (about 3 minutes).
  • Meanwhile, place barbecue sauce, brown sugar, bourbon, onion, and water in a small slow cooker (I used a 2-quart slow cooker).** Whisk until completely combined.
  • Transfer browned franks to the slow cooker, stir with the sauce, and cook on LOW for 2-3 hours.


*For a no-prep shortcut, I like to use frozen diced onion.**If you don’t want to use a slow cooker, you can simmer the sauce in a saucepan (covered) on low heat for about 25-30 minutes. Add the browned hot dog bites to the sauce, stir, and heat through. Serve immediately.