If you’re going to have appetizers, make sure you have Bacon Wrapped Smokies. Nothing beats the sweet and savory flavors of bacon and brown sugar wrapped around little cocktail sausages. Save this easy, 3-ingredient, make-ahead recipe for your next party.
Make-ahead recipes go into my favorite pile, and this is one of them.
You won’t feel rushed when you make this easy appetizer ahead of time, then pop them in the oven just before you want to serve.
Don’t be surprised, however, if they disappear quickly. Grab yours now.
Making Bacon Wrapped Smokies
For the basic recipe, you only need 3 ingredients; bacon (not the thick cut), smokies (or cocktail sausages), and brown sugar (light or dark). Dark brown sugar has more molasses in it, so it’ll be sweeter than the light.
You don’t need to spice them, they’re great as they are without. However, if you like to live on the edge of excitement, you can change things up with a little spice.
Spices like cumin, chili powder, onion powder, or cayenne pepper for some spicy heat.
If you want to add a spice, you can add some to the brown sugar before you roll the bacon wrapped smokies.
You’ll also need a 13 x 9″ baking dish sprayed with non-stick spray.
Ok, let’s get started.
Cut the bacon into thirds, and pat the smokies dry with a paper towel.
Next, tightly wrap a piece of bacon around a smokie, then roll in the brown sugar. Pierce the center with a toothpick and place seam-side up on the baking dish.
Yes, your fingers will get sticky. It’s the price we pay for scrumptious little snacks.
Do this until you run out of bacon. Each package of smokies holds about 40 – 44 sausages, so the bacon and smokies don’t always line up perfectly.
Cover the dish with foil and place in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour. This is the make-ahead part.
You can also leave them in the fridge overnight, so anywhere from 1 – 24 hours of marinating time.
Time to Cook
Preheat the oven to 375° and remove the foil from the baking dish.
Bake for 25 minutes, then, increase the temperature to 400° and bake for another 10 minutes.
This gets the bacon nice and crispy. The brown sugar will be deliciously caramelized and even stickier than before.
NOTE: check for desired crispiness before removing from the oven. Every oven is different and the bacon thickness varies, so your cook time might also vary.
Additionally, you can serve with BBQ sauce for dipping.
More Appetizer Recipes:
- Cucumber Onion Dip
- Taco Bean Dip
- Ultimate Stuffed Mushrooms
- Jalapeño Popper Bites
- Cream Cheese Stuffed Celery
…and more under my Appetizers category.
Bacon Wrapped Smokies
- 1 lb. bacon (NOT thick cut)
- 1 lb. Lil Smokies (smoked cocktail sausages)
- 1/2 cup brown sugar (light or dark)
- OPTIONAL: cayenne pepper, garlic powder, cumin, or other favored spice.
- OPTIONAL: BBQ sauce for dipping.
- Spray the bottom of a 13 x 9" baking dish.
- Cut the bacon into thirds. Pat the smokies with a paper towel to remove excess moisture. If adding optional spice, mix into brown sugar now.
- Tightly wrap each smokie with a piece of bacon, then roll in brown sugar. Pierce the center with a toothpick, then place seam-side up in baking dish.
- Cover tightly with foil to marinate in refrigerator for at least 1 hour, (or as long as overnight).
- Preheat oven to 375°. Bake uncovered for 25 minutes.
- Then increase temperature to 400° and bake for another 10 minutes. Check bacon for crispiness. Enjoy!
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies
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