Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Smokies

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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!Brown Sugar Bacon Smokies on a plate shown with a title

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)!

Brown Sugar Bacon Smokies baked crisp

Things you’ll need for this recipe:

* Toothpicks * Smokies * Bacon * Foil *

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5 from 22 votes
Review Recipe

Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 12 servings
Author Holly Nilsson
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!


  • 1 Package of Bacon
  • 1 Package of Mini Smokies
  • ½ cup Brown Sugar
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper or to taste
  • Toothpicks

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  • 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).

Recipe Notes

NOTE: Do not mix the brown sugar with the smokies ON the foil lined pan because the excess brown sugar may burn. Rub the brown sugar on the smokies prior to putting them on the pan.

Nutrition Information

Calories: 43, Carbohydrates: 9g, Cholesterol: 1mg, Sodium: 22mg, Potassium: 15mg, Sugar: 8g, Vitamin A: 15IU, Calcium: 8mg, Iron: 0.1mg

(Nutrition information provided is an estimate and will vary based on cooking methods and brands of ingredients used.)

Keyword bacon wrapped smokies
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American

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  1. I tried this recipe and they burned to a crisp. I had to throw them out. I baked at 325 fo 40 minutes and they were great!!

    1. This recipe only bakes for about 20 minutes. Is it possible that you had excess brown sugar on the pan? As mentioned in the recipe, excess brown sugar may burn. Hope that helps.

  2. Great recipe! We changed it up a little. We use hot dogs cut in half and applewood smoked bacon cut in half. Place the bacon in a ziploc with dark brown sugar and shake. Wrap a slice of bacon around the whole piece each hot dog and place on cookie sheet. Sprinkle remaining brown sugar over each piece and bake at 400° until bacon is crispy. Transfer to foil lined crock pot to keep warm if needed. We take these to reunions and never have any left.

  3. Always looking for something different. This recipie has some of my most favorite things in it. Gonna try for Superbowl Sunday if not before.

    1. Oh no, so sorry that happened Bri. This recipe has always worked out for us, once flipped we bake them for an additional 10 minutes or until bacon is crispy. Did you rub the brown sugar on the smokies prior to putting them on the pan, this helps to avoid burning as well.

  4. I can not find the small smokies where I live. However we have the large ones. Can I cut them in thirds and then proceed with the recipe. Thanks

  5. i thread a bunch of them on a skewer.   this way you just need to turn over a few skewers instead of individual smokies.   saves a lot of time.   i do not soak the skewers.5 stars

  6. We love these for parties. Thank you for the recipe! I made these for the 4th of July and changed things up a bit.
    1. I only added garlic powder to the brown sugar.
    2. I lined my cookie sheet with heavy foil then sprayed with Pam.
    3. I wrapped each smoky with bacon then dipped in good maple syrup. I then covered in the brown sugar mixture.
    4. Placed each on the prepared rack.
    I baked for 18 min at 425. While baking I sprayed a second rack with Pam. When one side was done I removed from oven. Using pot holders I placed the second rack over the cooked top side and flipped all the smokies at once! Much faster than one by one.
    5. Baked that side to perfection…
    YUM! I don’t use toothpicks but you may want to. I took photos but I don’t see where I can include them. Enjoy!5 stars

  7. Had a big family get together for easter today and these were a HUGE hit! They were such a hit that I had to make a second batch. I did leave the second batch in longer then the first. I left both sides on for 15 min to make sure they were very crispy. Definitely will keep this as a must for the next get together!5 stars

  8. yuuuum! Just baked a few samples and they turned out great. When I reheat them for my party this saturday in the crockpot, I’ll probably add a bit more brown sugar. I’m a ‘sweet’ person :) Thank you so much5 stars

  9. I left you a comment last December telling you how everyone enjoyed the Smokies but I thought you would get a kick our of this; I’m going to my In-laws for Thanksgiving and when I asked what I could bring all they said was “bring the smokies. I haven’t found anyone yet that doesn’t like them, so again, thanks for sharing your recipe.5 stars

  10. I found that coating both sides of the bacon before wrapping the smokies worked really well for me. Also, I sprayed a cookie rack w/ oil then put the cookie rack on a foil wrapped jelly roll sheet (quick clean up) smokies on the rack keeps the air circulating and the bacon turns out crispy. YUM – none left!