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!
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.
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.
There may be a few pieces of bacon left over. That’s ok!
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.
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.
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!
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.
- 1 pound bacon (not thick sliced)
- 1 package (14 oz) little smoked sausages
- 1 cup brown sugar, packed
- Cut the bacon into thirds.
- Tightly wrap one piece of bacon around one little smokie. Place seam down in a glass 13x9 dish. Repeat with remaining little smokies.
- Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. There should be a thin layer over all the little smokies. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
- 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
This yummy recipe first appeared on Amanda’s Cookin’ as a guest contribution by Kitchen Gidget.