Pirate Party Menu and Recipes

This appetizer is best made sitting down. Have on your table your toothpicks, bacon, hot dogs and a sharp knife.
Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs (Dead Men's Fingers)

Last Updated on August 25, 2019

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Pirate Party Menu and Recipes

We’re going to have good pirate themes food for Spane’s Eighth Birthday Party on November 19, 2011. Just as I did for Spane’s seventh birthday, I have loaded up my Lotus Organizer and started my recipes and grocery list. I thought I would share the menu and recipes. Note that all of these recipes can be used for other occasions.

Pirate Party Menu

These Dead Men’s Fingers are a hit every time I make them. Sometimes, if I’m not careful, I don’t even get one because they get gobbled up so quickly.


Ye Ol’ Dead Man’s Fingers

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs (Dead Men's Fingers)

This appetizer is best made sitting down. Have on your table your toothpicks, bacon, hot dogs and a sharp knife.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 6 hours
Total Time: 6 hours 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Servings (slide to adjust): 24 servings
Calories: 222kcal


  • 2 packages hot dogs, least expensive
  • 1 package regular bacon
  • 1 box brown sugar
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • Cut a bacon slice into thirds.
  • Cut a hot dog into thirds.
  • Wrap the hot dog piece with a bacon piece, and secure it with a toothpick.
  • Plop it into the slow cooker.
  • Do this with about 1/3 of the way, and then put a third of the box of brown sugar on top.
  • Continue making dogs and covering for another third, and finally, the last third should be a layer of the rest of the brown sugar.
  • Cook on high for about 6 hours, or until the bacon is cooked. Reduce to low, and unplug for guests.


Quick notes
Don't use Ball Park hot dogs or any other kind of hot dog that will expand while it's cooked. I get the least expensive hot dogs and bacon for this dish. It's the combination that is the star, not any individual ingredient.


Serving: 1piecesCalories: 222kcalCarbohydrates: 18gProtein: 3gFat: 15gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 316mgPotassium: 112mgFiber: 0gSugar: 18g
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Y’ar! Me Pirate Balls Have the Blood Sauce


Caribbean Meat Balls

These make a great appetizer any time. Don't wait for a pirate party!
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Carribean
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings



  • 1 lb ground pork
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 tablespoon dried parsley flakes
  • 1 tablespoon dried cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon dried red onions
  • ½ teaspoon Chipotle powder
  • ½ teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon Saigon cinnamon
  • ½ cup plain breadcrumbs
  • 1 egg
  • ¼ cup ketchup


  • 1 jar pineapple preserves
  • ½ cup ketchup
  • 1 tablespoon cider vinegar
  • ½ cup mango juice
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


Meat Balls

  • Mix everything together. You may have to add more ketchup if it is too dry and will not easily form a ball.
  • Have ready a sheet pan lined with parchment paper. Preheat the oven to 300. Have ready an instant-read thermometer. Also, have ready a small frying pan and a little oil.
  • Heat the pan and put in a little oil. Put a small amount, about a half a teaspoon of the mixture into the pan and cook it. Taste it and see if you need to adjust the seasonings. When you are satisfied with the taste, continue.
  • Using a small ice cream scoop, scoop out some of the mixture and form it into a ball. Put the ball on the prepared sheet pan. Continue doing this until all the mixture has been made into balls.
  • Put the balls into the oven and cook until they have reached an internal temperature of 145. They should be slightly brown.
  • Let them cool and store until ready to use, either in the refrigerator or the freezer.
  • [cap align="aligncenter" width="300"]Balls out of the oven[/cap]


  • Combine all the ingredients together in a sauce pan. Bring to a simmer, stirring constantly and simmer until the sauce thickens.
  • Add the meatballs and gently stir and let them heat up.
  • Keep them in a warming tray or chafing dish for serving.


If you have allspice, you can add about a teaspoon of that as well. Ketchup's main flavoring is allspice, which is also the main flavoring for jerk seasoning as well.
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Y’ar! Pass me Some Grog!

Pirates were famous for having their grog. If you are going to have an adult party, you can add rum to this punch.


If you are serving this to adults, by all means, use the best rum you can find.
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 1 minute
Total Time: 2 minutes
Course: Beverages
Cuisine: Carribean
Servings (slide to adjust): 6 servings
Calories: 21kcal


  • 1 can frozen fruit punch
  • 1 liter club soda
  • 1 teaspoon rum flavoring
  • 2 drop red food coloring
  • ice
Ingredients necessary for the recipe step are in italic.


  • In a large pitcher, combine all the ingredients and stir well. Serve immediately.


You can make this ahead and refrigerate it, but omit the ice. Add the ice at serving time, or in an ice bucket.
For an adult treat, add a cup of good rum to the mixture.


Serving: 1cupCalories: 21kcalCarbohydrates: 5gSodium: 42mgPotassium: 14mgSugar: 5g
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As an award-winning and serious home cook, I seriously believe there is no reason why you can't have a restaurant quality meal at home. One of the good things about eating at home is to save money, so armed with a good menu plan, a shopping list, and an appreciation of good food, we can all have gourmet food on a budget.

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