Recipe By Melissa Arenson
Published Mar 5th
Prep 10m Cook 10m Additional - Ready In 20m
Servings 10 servings Calories 208.7

My grandmother makes smokies this way, and I have to say I have never seen a similar recipe. It’s a nice twist on a recipe that has only a few variations.

Recipe Ingredients

  • 1 ½ cups ketchup
  • ¾ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup bourbon whiskey
  • ¼ cup water
  • 1 (14 ounce) package beef smoky cocktail sausages

Cooking Directions

  1. 1 In a large saucepan, whisk the ketchup, brown sugar, bourbon whiskey, and water together until the sugar has dissolved.
  2. 2 Stir in the cocktail sausages, and place over medium heat.
  3. 3 Bring the sausages and sauce to a simmer; serve.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 208.7
  • Carbohydrate 20.5 g
  • Cholesterol 24.7 mg
  • Fat 10.7 g
  • Fiber 0.1 g
  • Protein 5.5 g
  • Saturated Fat 4.5 g
  • Sodium 788.8 mg
  • Sugar 19.3 g


  1. I took this to a beer tasting party and it was a hit!
  2. Excellent! Next time we will reduce the brown sugar and add pepper flakes. But the Bourbon flavor is excellent!
  3. Went over awesome at Christmas party
  4. .... But I added 1/4 cup of honey Jack Daniels....that gave it a subtle alcohol taste.
  5. I was planning on making these for our office holiday potluck and had never made this specific recipe before so I tried out a half batch the weekend before and my husband and I both noted that it needed more bourbon and that it did make a lot of sauce compared to the amount of - Read more ...
  6. My family has been making these for at least 45 years! Sometimes I add some hot sauce for a little flavor kick.:)
  7. Made it today for the 4th of July family cookout and everyone loved it.
  8. I made these today as part of an assortment of appetizers to eat during the Steelers vs. Browns game. I used Jim Beam and spicy ketchup. The guys ate all of them but my husband said they were just OK and he wouldn't particularly care for them again.
  9. Made them last weekend and was not impressed. I have found better receipts for smokies. My husband thought they had to much of the bourbon flavor for a smoky.

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