There’s nothing more southern than an ice cold bottle of Cheerwine and some boiled peanuts! The sweet heat of these little gems make for one tasty little snack for your next party (or movie night, or Friday night football game, or…. just because!).
- 2 pounds raw peanuts, in the shell
- 6 cups Cheerwine (glass bottle recommended)
- 3 ½ cups water
- ½ cup apple cider vinegar
- ½ cup kosher salt
- 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 tablespoons hot sauce (Texas Pete or other preferred hot sauce)
In a slow cooker, add peanuts. Pour all ingredients over peanuts and stir to combine and moisten peanuts. Set slow cooker on high and let cook for 2 hours.
Then, stir peanuts and set slow cooker on low for 10 hours.
Check peanuts for tenderness and make sure peanuts are still submerged (add 2–3 cups of water, if needed) and continue to cook on low for another 8 hours or until desired tenderness is reached.
Chef’s Note: Green peanuts (when in season) have a higher moisture content and take far less time to cook. Raw peanuts, however, can take 18–20 hours to reach desired tenderness. Either way, it’s worth the wait!