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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.

My favorite party appetizers are these crispy bacon wrapped smokies - oven baked with brown sugar and so easy | Little Smokies Wrapped in Bacon #appetizers #appetizerseasy #easyappetizerideas #superbowlparty

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.

Nora Jenney

Friday 24th of December 2021

I have made these numerous times. I have even done them without the brown sugar when I realized I was completely put of brown sugar. Still good.

Jasmine Bowthorpe

Friday 24th of December 2021

Can I marinate it overnight?

Rebekah

Saturday 25th of December 2021

Yes you can.

Nikki Boros

Friday 24th of December 2021

Can you put these in a smoker?

Rebekah

Saturday 25th of December 2021

I've never tried but I think they would be amazing! We've done bacon wrapped jalapenos before on the smoker.

Karen

Sunday 19th of December 2021

Can I cook them in the oven then transfer them to a slow cooker to keep warm when travelling with them?

Rebekah

Sunday 19th of December 2021

I've never tried, but I don't see why not.

Joanne

Friday 8th of October 2021

Can you use a Corning Dish the same size?

Rebekah

Friday 8th of October 2021

Any oven safe dish is fine.

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