These bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar make a great appetizer! They are easy to make and can easily be made ahead of time & they freeze well!
These bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar are so yummy! Adding a hint of cayenne pepper makes them extra amazing!
My mom made these for my kids one day while she was here babysitting… and they LOVED them! So being Grandma, she made a whole entire huge bag of them and froze them for us to just pop into the oven when they wanted a few! Don’t worry though, big kids love these too… perfect with a grainy mustard and a cold beer on game day!
Yep, you can make these bacon wrapped appetizers ahead of time and pop ’em in the freezer. Bake them right from frozen when guests show up at your door (just add an extra 5 minutes to the cook time)!
Things you’ll need for this recipe:
* Toothpicks * Smokies * Bacon * Foil *
Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- 1 Package of Bacon
- 1 Package of Mini Smokies
- ½ cup Brown Sugar
- ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
- Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking pan with foil.
- Cut Bacon into thirds. Wrap 1 piece of bacon around each mini smokie and secure with a toothpick.
- Combine cayenne pepper and brown sugar and roll each smokie in the mixture. (Note: They can be frozen at this point)
- Place on prepared pans and bake for 10 minutes.
- Flip smokies and cook an additional 10 minutes or until bacon is crispy. (Add an extra 5 minutes if baking from frozen).
Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.
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I’ve eatin these before & they’re delicious. My question is can these be made using a Keto brown sugar substitute like Swerve ? Thanks
Yes, swerve brown sugar will work just fine!
What type of lil smokies work best? I see there are beef ones too
Any lil smokies will work just fine in this recipe Katie. Enjoy!
when doubling this recipe, one pound of bacon should still be enough & don’t double the brown sugar mixture either! I have a ton of bacon left (probably a pound) and the sugar mixture is just for coating the lil smokies, so I ended up throwing most of that away! Maybe have a second pack of bacon on standby just in case, but don’t open and cut both packs like I did! I also am cooking mine at 375° to avoid burning of the sugar!
Can you make these ahead and reheat them in a crockpot?
This should work just fine Roni. If you try it I would love to hear how it turns out!
These are amazing!!!
Sorry new cook. How do you turn the smokers with a toothpick in em or roll them in brown sugar with a toothpick?
Hi Pam, you can also use a spoon and scoop the mixture over the smokies instead of rolling them as well. As for flipping them, if you insert the toothpick through the center and then lay them on their side (so the toothpick is horizontal on the pan) you should be able to flip them over easily. I hope that makes sense.
I have not tried this but it looks delicious! However, looking over the recipe I seriously question the sodium listed. Seems to me the bacon and smokies would be a lot more than stated.
Hi Spike, we took a look at the nutrition information and updated it appropriately. The bacon and smokies definitely add a lot of sodium to the recipe. You can try and reduce it by using a low sodium alternative for the bacon or smokies.
These are great anytime, Like meat candy. But have to agree with a few other comments about burning. 425 oven was too much for my first batch. Low and slow worked better to avoid any burning. 325 to 350 was safe for my oven. carmelized deliciousness.
Glad you enjoyed them, Steve! We can’t seem to stop once we start
This is a great recipe but my family likes it with a little extra kick.
To the original recipe I add:
1/4 tsp onion powder
1/4 tsp garlic powder
1/4 tsp smoked paprika
1/2 tsp ground ginger
This makes them smokey, spicy, sweet, and tangy.
I also have better results by making letting then rest for at least an hour in the fridge, recoating them, and then transferring to clean foil before putting them in the oven. That way you end up with much more of the coating on the actual treats and less caramelized on the foil.
That sounds smack. Im doing that tonight
I added double cayenne,I put my oven on convection bake,did not have to turn!They where delicious and easy!