Bacon Wrapped Smokies

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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!

These are a must for any party we throw! We pair them with some other favorite appetizer recipes like spinach puffs, dill vegetable dip, and jalapeño poppers.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies on a white plate

A Favorite Easy Appetizer

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 Brown Sugar Smokies) 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 Weenies

just three 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!

  1. Wrap each smokie with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick.
  2. Place smokies on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  3. Sprinkle brown sugar over the smokies.
  4. 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 1/4 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.

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 1/2 cup of brown sugar, add another layer of smokies, and cover with another 1/2 cup of brown sugar. Cook on low for 3-4 hours.

Brown sugar bacon wrapped smokies

great to make ahead

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.

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies held together with toothpicks

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Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Brown Sugar

5 from 15 votes

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!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 7 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 37 minutes
Servings 40 Weenies
Calories 87 kcal
Author Lil' Luna

Ingredients

  • 14 oz package of Lil' Smokies
  • 1 lb bacon cut into thirds
  • 1/2-3/4 cup brown sugar

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 325.

  2. Wrap each smokie with a piece of bacon. Secure bacon in place with a toothpick.
  3. Place smokies on a baking sheet lined with foil.
  4. Sprinkle brown sugar over the smokies.
  5. Bake for 30-40 minutes.

 

Author

Kristyn Merkley

My name is Kristyn and I’m the mom of SIX stinkin’ cute kids and the wife to my smokin’ hot hubby, Lo. My mom’s maiden name is Luna, and I’m one of the many crafty “Lil’ Lunas” in the fam. On this site I like to share all things creative – from recipes to home decor to gifts and home decor ideas. Welcome!

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Comments

  1. Well I’m convinced I need to try these! We always have snack night for dinner around the holidays and being the bacon loving family that we are, I suspect these we be the first thing to get eaten!

  2. A winter holiday gathering is not the same without these little meat candy pops. They are a labor of love.
    I bake them on a disposable broiler pan at 375 for 25 minutes. Using a baster to remove the fat and melted sugar, I then reapply the melted sugar and bake again for another 25 minutes. Repeat this process a few times until most of the fat is rendered off and you are left with a deliciously gooey meat candy.

  3. Plan on taking this to a potluck party, They will sit out about 2 hrs by the time i make them and arrive. can they be eaten cold. Or is this a bad idea. plz help

    1. They definitely taste better warm. You could keep them in a crock pot on the warm setting, so they don’t get cold or a low setting. Hope that helps!! They’ll be a hit!

  4. 5 stars
    I had these at a party a couple of years ago and yes they are just that good. I have not been able to get them out of mind since. I have bought everything and will be making them for Christmas! I am so excited.

  5. 5 stars
    these are the best! late comer to trying them and now this Christmas day will be the 3rd time in December 2018. used them as appetizers twice and once as a treat to go along with a potato bar. delicious!!! if you have not tried them go for it and you will be the hit of the gathering. they a definitely best warm or hot.

  6. 5 stars
    New Years Eve is my favorite because we get to eat all the yummy appetizer’s! These bacon wrapped smokies were amazing!!

  7. 5 stars
    These are the tastiest little appetizers! Anything wrapped in bacon is the bomb! We made these for New Year’s & they were gone so fast!

  8. 5 stars
    We can never make enough of these! There always The first to go and have the best taSte ever. You can make these ahead of time too. An added plus in my opionion.

  9. 5 stars
    I first has these about 15 years ago at a Bridal brunch. Ive always wanted to make them but wasnt sure on the cook time. Thanks for sharing the recipe!