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Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

These little smokies wrapped in bacon have been one of my favorite appetizers ever since I was a kid! Smoked sausages wrapped in crispy bacon smothered in sticky brown sugar. An easy recipe for parties!

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Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon Recipe

When my mom first gave me the recipe it was nothing more than a few vague directions on a slip of paper.

There are only three ingredients to these addictive appetizers, but the first time I made them on my own they didn’t taste as good as hers always do.

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So I went back and asked for her secrets and I’m sharing them with you for the BEST bacon wrapped little smokies with brown sugar ever!

Start with cutting bacon into thirds. If you leave the strips any longer they will never crisp up.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon with brown sugar - my recipe go-to for parties, super bowl, parties, etc!

There may be a few pieces of bacon left over. That’s ok!

Cook it up and save it to add to an omelet in the morning or use it in another appetizer like Bacon Goat Cheese Log or Jalapeño Cream Cheese Dip.

How to Make Little Smokies with Brown Sugar

Wrap one piece of bacon around one little smokie and place in pan. No need to secure with a toothpick, just place it seam down.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

Wrapped in bacon – no toothpicks needed

The pan you use makes a big difference. I asked my mom how she did it and she said she uses a glass baking dish, not a foil lined baking sheet.

To clean up after, she fills the pan with hot tap water and lets it sit for a few minutes. The caramelized sugar dissolves away.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon with brown sugar

Topped with Brown Sugar Before Marinating

After all the sausages have been wrapped in bacon, sprinkle with the brown sugar.

A smaller pan works well for this so the sugar ends up on top of the sausages and not in between cracks and rows.

After adding the sugar, cover and refrigerate for 1-2 hours. They can be cooked right away if you wish, but they come out 10 times better if you wait!

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon with brown 2 hours after marinating

How the sugar looks after marinating

This was my mom’s #1 tip. Letting them marinate makes all the difference in flavor.

How long do you cook bacon wrapped smokies?

When ready to bake, remember to uncover the pan. Start checking after 40 minutes. You’ll know they’re done when the bacon is crispy and the sugar is melted and caramelized.

Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon with brown sugar - this easy appetizer recipe is the best party food!

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Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

Yield: 40 pieces
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 45 minutes
Additional Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 50 minutes

Nothing beats sticky sweet and savory little smokies wrapped in bacon with brown sugar. Make this easy appetizer for your next party!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon (not thick sliced)
  • 1 package (14 oz) little smoked sausages
  • 1 cup brown sugar, packed

Instructions

  1. Cut the bacon into thirds.
  2. Tightly wrap one piece of bacon around one little smokie. Place seam down in a glass 13x9 dish. Repeat with remaining little smokies.
  3. Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. There should be a thin layer over all the little smokies. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover little smokies and bake for 40-50 minutes. Bacon should be crispy and sugar deeply caramelized.

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Nutrition Information:
Yield: 10 Serving Size: 4 pieces
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 297

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This yummy recipe first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ as a guest contribution by Kitchen Gidget.

Maria

Friday 18th of November 2022

I did make them and the taste was good, but, only the top half of the bacon was crisp. The bottom was sitting in the drippings and never got crisp. Do you pour off the grease during baking?

Rebekah

Friday 18th of November 2022

No, the bottom usually gets crispy too since they're "frying" in the drippings.

Joanne

Thursday 17th of November 2022

I am anxious to try this recipe but have checked 2 supermarkets and cant find the little smokies sausage, any idea where to buy them?

Rebekah

Friday 18th of November 2022

Hi Joanne, I've seen them in nearly every grocery store by the hotdog section. I usually get mine from Walmart.

Margo Gray

Sunday 13th of November 2022

These were the hit of the party. Delicious and soooo easy to make.

Okie Flo

Sunday 4th of September 2022

I want to make these today, they look delicious. My question, does the bacon on bottom get crispy? Thanks!

Elana

Friday 2nd of September 2022

Are these good served cold?

Rebekah

Sunday 4th of September 2022

I can't stop eating them hot or cold - so yes! :-)

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