Bacon wrapped little smokies sprinkled with brown sugar, and baked to perfection. These bacon wrapped weenies are the ultimate appetizer for any party, and always the first to disappear!
a family fav – bacon wrapped weenies!
When I first tried this appetizer recipe years ago, I remember thinking that it was beyond delicious… And I may or may not have had about 10 of these babies. They’re just that good!
Since then, we have made these Bacon Wrapped Smokies (aka Bacon wrapped weenies) for almost every big family get together.
Each weenie is wrapped in a piece of bacon, sprinkled with brown sugar, and slowly baked to a perfectly caramelized, savory bite of heaven. What is it about the flavor combo of brown sugar and bacon that is so incredibly delicious? I don’t know, but what I do know is that this one of the easiest appetizer recipes you will ever find.
Usually where there are appetizers, there are parties. So it’s nice to have an easy appetizer that is quick and perfect for these get togethers!
how to make bacon wrapped smokies
JUST 3 INGREDIENTS!! Not only are these little smokies delicious, but they’re simple! Just THREE ingredients are needed—smokies, brown sugar, and bacon (all yummy!), plus only 5 minutes of prep time!
WRAP. Wrap each smokie with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick.
SPRINKLE. Place smokies on a baking sheet lined with foil. Sprinkle brown sugar over the smokies.
BAKE. Bake for 30-40 minutes.
So simple and perfect for any party or get together.
Lil’ Smokies Flavor Variations:
If you want to switch up the flavors, try any of these options!
- Add ¼ tsp (more or less depending on your taste preferences) of cayenne pepper to the brown sugar for a sweet and spicy kick.
- Baste with BBQ sauce after baking, and broil for an additional 3-4 minutes until the weenies are sticky.
- Add a small slice of pineapple or jalapeño pepper to each weenie before sprinkling the brown sugar.
how to make In the Crock Pot
Wrap smokies in bacon as usual and place half of them in the bottom of your crock pot. Cover with about ½ cup of brown sugar, add another layer of smokies, and cover with another ½ cup of brown sugar. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.
This weenie recipe is actually a great make-ahead appetizer. Depending on how early you want to make them, you can do all of the steps prior to baking, and either put them in the fridge up to 3 days, or you can freeze them for a month or two.
You can freeze them pre-baking, or afterwards (assuming there are any leftovers to freeze) 😉 Either way, put them on a cookie sheet and freeze for a couple hours, then transfer them to a freezer bag (this prevents them from sticking together in the bag).
Reheating: If you’re reheating unbaked frozen smokies, bake as usual, adding 10 minutes to the cooking time. If you’re reheating leftovers, you can put them in the oven for 20 minutes at 325°, or for smaller amounts, you can microwave them for 20 seconds at a time until they’re heated through.
For more quick appetizers, check out:
- Cucumber Sandwiches
- Barbecue Bacon and Chicken Bites
- Caprese Kabobs
- Spinach Puffs
- Homemade Bruschetta
- Bacon Jalapeno Popper Bites
Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe
- 14 oz package of Lil' Smokies
- 1 lb bacon cut into thirds
- 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar
- Preheat oven to 325.
- Wrap each smokie with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick.
- Place smokies on a baking sheet lined with foil.
- Sprinkle brown sugar over the smokies.
- Bake for 30-40 minutes.