Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce are a popular holiday tradition with a barbecue sauce made from scratch.

Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

By Sue Lau | Palatable Pastime

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Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce is my recipe of the day. I am rather good at making sauces. I suppose it stems from my days working as a condiment girl and the manager often didn’t order his dressings or sauces. SO what to do but make them from scratch?

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Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Barbecue Sauce

I do think there may be a *bit* more to it than that, but sometimes necessity is the mother of invention. And for many years I really was content to buy stuff in the bottle. Then I found the need to get rid of most if not all of the corn syrup or sugar.
This recipe may seem in fact, to have a LOT of ingredients. But I bet if you check that bottle of sauce on the shelf, it has just as many and a few extra that you can’t even pronounce!)

Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Barbecue Sauce

It really is easy to put together though and you can have it and the franks done in about 35 minutes.
A word of warning though- once you start making your own sauce, you may in fact, become a monster (like I have) and regardless how much you enjoy doing it, the people who eat your sauces are NOT going to let you turn heel and go back to the stuff off the shelf.
But really, who would want to do that?

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Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

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Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Barbecue Sauce

Cocktail Frankfurters in Honey Bourbon Barbecue Sauce

Sue Lau
5 from 9 votes
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 4
Calories 471 kcal


Honey-Bourbon Barbecue Sauce:

  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 8 ounces tomato sauce
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 3/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons hickory flavored liquid smoke
  • 1-1.5 teaspoons Louisiana hot sauce
  • 2 tablespoons Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons molasses
  • 3-4 tablespoons honey


  • 14 ounces cocktail frankfurters little smokies or meatballs
  • 1 tablespoon butter


  • Whisk ingredients for the sauce together in a saucepan and simmer for 15-30 minutes, stirring occasionally, until it is as thick as you like it.
  • To make the weenies, heat a tablespoon of butter in a skillet and add franks, smokies or meatballs. Stir and cook for a few minutes (this lets the franks plump up).
  • Add sauce and stir. Simmer, covered for another 15 minutes or so.


From the kitchen of


Calories: 471kcalCarbohydrates: 22gProtein: 12gFat: 36gSaturated Fat: 16gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gTrans Fat: 0.2gCholesterol: 71mgSodium: 1540mgPotassium: 391mgFiber: 1gSugar: 19gVitamin A: 614IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Holiday party recipes
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Post has been updated from 12.20.13 to reflect a new recipe card.

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