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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!


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


  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.

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Sunday 18th of April 2021

It looks absolutely scrumptious. Can it be cooked in an AirFryer? If so, directions please.


Tuesday 27th of April 2021

This would not work in an air fryer. There's quite a bit of sauce so it needs to be in a pan. If your air fryer is a toaster oven with a bake setting like the Instant Omni that would work.

Valerie Lucchesi

Tuesday 29th of December 2020

I've been making these for years! The only think I do differently, is to put down a thin layer of brown sugar on the bottom of the pan and then add the rest. I never measure my brown sugar. The more the better!


Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi! Can I put these in a crockpot after I cook them to keep them warm?


Saturday 19th of December 2020

You can if you need to keep them warm while serving, but I wouldn't keep them in there all day or the bacon will get soggy.


Tuesday 8th of December 2020

Save the sauce! I made these for an appetizer for Thanksgiving everyone loved them. When the pan was empty there was a good amount of gooey sauce left, I took my steamed carrots and stirred them in the remaining sauce heated up just a bit, best carrots ever a smoky bacon sweet flavor. 2 dishes in one.


Friday 18th of December 2020

@Julie, Do you add melted butter to the brown sugar before pouring over the sausages?


Wednesday 9th of December 2020

OMG that sounds amazing!


Sunday 15th of November 2020

We have made these several times and they are always a hit! Thank you!

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