Bacon-Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve perfected over years of tailgating and game days. From selecting the finest ingredients to perfecting each bite, I put my heart into this dish. The recipe begins with a shopping trip to find plump Little Smokies with just the right smoky savor. Next, a slab of thick-cut bacon beckons for me it has to be from pasture raised hogs. In the kitchen, wrapping each sausage snugly in bacon is a labor of love. I take my time to ensure every smokie receives equal attention and care. Once baked, that first bite transports me the mingling scents of smoke, pork and caramelized brown sugar glaze transport me right to memories of past games and parties.

Recipe Ingredients

  • About 40 plump Little Smokies sausage links (I like using a 14oz package for just the right amount). These little guys pack big smoky flavor.
  • 1 pound of thick-cut bacon. I like to use artisan bacon from a local farm – the extra smoky flavor really shines through. I cut each strip into thirds so they wrap around the sausages nicely.
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar. The deep molasses notes in this sugar are a perfect match for the smoky sausages and bacon. It adds just the right amount of sweetness.
  • 1/2 cup ketchup. I prefer using an organic ketchup without high fructose corn syrup. The tangy tomato flavor complements the other ingredients beautifully.
Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

How to Make This Bacon-Wrapped Smokies Recipe

Prepping the Ingredients

First things first – let’s get our ingredients ready to go. Pat the sausage links dry with a paper towel so the bacon will stick nicely. Lay out the bacon strips and use kitchen shears to cut each one into thirds. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and ketchup until fully combined. Set aside the brown sugar glaze.

Wrapping the Sausages

Now for the fun part – wrapping the bacon around the smokies! Take a sausage link and wrap a piece of bacon tightly around it, securing it with a toothpick. Repeat with the remaining sausages, laying them on a baking sheet as you go. Once all are wrapped, it’s time to glaze.

Basting with Brown Sugar Glaze

Generously brush or spoon the brown sugar glaze over each wrapped sausage, coating them completely. Make sure to get into all the nooks and crannies so every bite is infused with sweet and smoky flavor.

Baking to Perfection

Preheat oven to 350°F. Bake sausages for 30-35 minutes, flipping halfway through, until bacon is crispy and browned. Keep a close eye during the last 10 minutes – you want the bacon perfectly cooked but not burnt.

Devour

Remove from oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes before serving. These make a delicious appetizer or party snack. Be sure to provide napkins, as things may get saucy.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Serving Instructions

These Bacon-Wrapped Smokies are the perfect appetizer to serve at your next party. Arrange them neatly on a serving platter lined with paper towels to catch any excess grease. You’ll want to provide toothpicks so guests can easily pick them up. Be sure to have plenty of napkins available – they tend to be quite messy to eat! I like to set out small plates for people to use as they graze. Enjoy warm from the oven or at room temperature.

Storage and Freezing Instructions

Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. To freeze, allow the fully cooked smokies to cool completely, then place them in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze. Once frozen solid, transfer to a freezer bag or airtight container and freeze for 2-3 months. When ready to eat, bake frozen smokies at 350°F for 15-20 minutes until heated through and bacon is crisped again. This recipe freezes beautifully for quick appetizers anytime. Just be sure to use them within a few months for best quality.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

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FAQs

Can I use different sausages?

Yes, you can substitute different mini sausages for the Little Smokies if desired. Italian, bratwurst or chicken sausages would also work well wrapped in bacon.

Is it possible to make them vegetarian?

You can make a vegetarian version by omitting the sausage and wrapping cubes of vegetables like mushrooms, zucchini or mozzarella in bacon instead.

How long can I keep the leftovers?

Leftovers will keep in the refrigerator for 3 days. You can also freeze them, either cooked or uncooked, for 2-3 months. Just reheat from frozen in the oven until hot and crispy.

What if my bacon doesn’t fully wrap around the sausage?

Don’t worry if it doesn’t completely cover. As long as the sausage is partially wrapped, it will still pick up great smoky flavor from the bacon as it bakes.

Should I add any other seasonings?

Feel free to sprinkle a little paprika, garlic powder or red pepper flakes on top before baking for extra flavor, but the brown sugar glaze provides plenty of delicious seasoning on its own.

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies

Bacon-Wrapped Smokies a crowd-pleasing appetizer I’ve perfected over years of tailgating and game days. From selecting the finest ingredients to perfecting each bite, I put my heart into this dish. The recipe begins with a shopping trip to find plump Little Smokies with just the right smoky savor.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American
Servings 20
Calories 290 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 1 (14 ounce) package Little Smokies
  • 1 lb bacon each strip cut into thirds
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ½ cup ketchup

Instructions
 

  • Preheat your oven to 350°F and prepare your ingredients. Lay out about 40 little smoked sausage links and cut 1 pound of bacon into thirds. In a small bowl, mix 1/2 cup brown sugar with 1/2 cup ketchup until a smooth glaze forms.
  • Take a sausage and wrap with a strip of bacon, securing with a toothpick. Place on a foil-lined baking sheet. Repeat until all sausages are wrapped, then brush generously with the brown sugar glaze.
  • Bake for 30 minutes, flipping halfway. Keep a close eye for the last 10 minutes so the bacon doesn't burn. It's ready when the bacon is crispy and the glaze is caramelized.
  • Remove from the oven and allow to cool slightly before serving. These make a perfect game day snack or appetizer for your next party. Be sure to provide napkins things can get saucy.
Keyword bacon wrapped smokies, easy bacon recipes, little smokies recipes, party appetizers
Hey there! I'm Betty Spangler. I love food, cooking, and curling up with a good book! I share recipes for people who LOVE good food, but want to keep things simple.