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BBQ Cocktail Wieners

Grassfed tiny dogs swimming in Lectin Free Gourmet barbecue sauce; it's just what the armchair quarterback ordered for the big game. Make them now.

Remember watching football with a vat of 'Lil Smokies drowning in Bullseye sauce? Well, it's about to be a not-so-distant memory when you make my Lectin Free Gourmet version of this popular game food. It's easy with grassfed cocktail wieners and my easy barbecue sauce. Read on for the recipe.

First, you'll need to source a few ingredients. To make your life a lot easier, get strained tomatoes. There are a couple great brands out there that are readily available in mainstream stores. Pomi makes a great strained tomato product in the carton. Bionaturae is also an excellent Italian brand in the glass jar. You can find them both at Whole Foods, Sprouts or Natural Grocers.

Next, you'll need the grassfed cocktail wieners. I like Thousand Hills because the animals from which these little wieners are sourced are lifetime grass grazers, and the uncured dogs have a wonderful hickory smoked flavor with not nitrates. If you have trouble finding these at your usual healthy grocer, try Applegate organic grassfed beef dogs and just cut them into bite sized pieces.

Okay, now let's talk about the sauce. It's easy, like I said, and only takes a few minutes to make. It's smoky, tangy, rich, sweet, thick barbecue sauce you can brush on ribs, chicken, and it's perfect for dousing on cocktail wieners.

Lectin Free Gourmet BBQ Sauce

1 12 oz Package of Grassfed Smoked Cocktail Wieners

1 T Extra Virgin Olive Oil

2 Cloves Garlic finely minced

2 T Red Onion finely minced

1 C Pomi Strained Tomatoes

1/4 C Apple Cider Vinegar

3 T Brown Swerve

1 T Chipotle Tabasco

1 T Lemon Juice

1 T Raw Local Honey

1/2 T Ground Mustard

1 t Pure Liquid Smoke

1/2 t Salt

1/2 t Pepper

Step 1: Saute Onions and Garlic

Remove cocktail wieners from the package and put on a plate. Set aside. In a medium enameled Dutch oven, heat olive oil on medium low. Drop in minced onion and garlic.

Step 2: Mix in Remaining Ingredients

With a wire whisk in strained tomatoes, vinegar, Swerve, Tabasco, lemon juice, honey, mustard, liquid smoke, salt and pepper.

Step 3: Add Dogs and Simmer

Turn the heat up just enough to bring the mixture to a boil. Then reduce heat to a lowest simmer and cover for 15 minutes until the mixture is thick and brownish.

Serve right out of the crock with small plates and toothpicks.

These slow-cooked grassfed beef barbecue cocktail wieners pair great with a glass of old vine zinfandel for game day. Go team!


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