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Bourbon Franks

Bourbon Franks

JC Phelps
Looking for the perfect southern appetizer? Pack a Kentucky punch and serve my Bourbon Franks, a family favorite for decades!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 1 hr 30 mins
Total Time 1 hr 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American, Southern
Servings 6 servings
Calories 272 kcal


  • 3/4 c. Kentucky bourbon
  • 1 lb. cocktail smokies
  • 1/2 vidalia onion chopped
  • 1/2 c. ketchup
  • 1/3 c. brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp. butter
  • 1 tsp. garlic powder


  • Over medium heat, cook diced onion in butter for 5 minutes. Add ketchup, brown sugar, and bourbon. Simmer for 20-30 minutes.
  • Add in cocktail smokies and simmer for 1 hour, stirring occasionally.
  • Serve warm and enjoy!


  • Do not cook with the same bourbon that you drink; I always use lower-tier bourbon when cooking.
  • Do not shorten the cook time; it is important to reach the correct consistency for the sauce.
  • I like cooking the onions in butter; that said, you can also use extra virgin olive oil.


Sodium: 914mgCalcium: 53mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 105IUSugar: 20gFiber: 1gPotassium: 119mgCholesterol: 53mgCalories: 272kcalMonounsaturated Fat: 1gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 2gFat: 7gProtein: 13gCarbohydrates: 26gIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizers, bourbon, bourbon franks
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