My current obsession is with cranberries. I’ve long been addicted to cranberry juice, and when Ocean Spray came out with a 50 calorie per 8 ounce glass version awhile ago, I was thrilled. More juice, less calories! Then I learned how to make my own canned cranberries and I started looking for more ways to use them. How about with cocktail weenies?
I rambled off on an Ocean Spray rant because I found a recipe on their website that mixed a can of cranberries with a bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce that was just spectacular on pork ribs. From there it was a small jump to imagine cocktail weenies in a crockpot of the delicious sauce on the Christmas buffet. And wow, did that work well!
I’m not sponsored by Ocean Spray, so I’ll admit I made my own cranberries again. I just get a huge kick out of throwing a bag of cranberries, a cup of sugar, and a cup of apple juice into a saucepan, bringing it to a boil, and cooking it for a few minutes until all of the cranberries pop. I previously posted my cranberry-making process.
With the berries made and refrigerated overnight, I put them into a smaller crockpot and mashed them up well. I added the bottle of chili sauce and mixed well. I didn’t need to add any of the other ingredients I’d put into the barbecue rib sauce. This was just great with only the cranberries and chili sauce.
I’ve forgotten the brand of cocktail weenies my P.S. (Purchaser of Sausages/hubby) bought this year. They were a bit larger than what he usually buys but I think he said they were made of beef. We used two packages, which I think was about two pounds. I stirred them into the sauce and let them heat.
We had a minor overflow problem when the sauce began to bubble over the side of the small crockpot, but I simply scooped out a few ladles of the sauce and there were no further molten rivers of cranberry sauce.
Everyone went wild over the taste of the sauce that clung to the weenies. Nobody could even remember what the previous years’ sauces tasted like. (I had always just emptied a bottle of Western salad dressing into the crockpot). This was much, much better, and definitely memorable. Daughter Emily said it was even great on her mashed potatoes, when she was snacking later.
I can’t wait to try this sauce on other foods. I’m thinking maybe meatloaf would be good for my next project. As for the bottle of chili sauce, I think I’ll wander around the internet and see if I can find a way to make that from scratch as well as the cranberries. Although for ease, it’s nice to know one can and one bottle can make an excellent, versatile sauce.
Cranberry Chili Cocktail Weenies
1 batch of cranberry sauce with this recipe or a can of jellied cranberries
1 bottle of Heinz Chili Sauce
2# cocktail weenies
Mash cranberries, mix in chili sauce, and put in crockpot. Add cocktail weenies, heat and serve.