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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Lit’l Smokies

These Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Lit’l Smokies are an absolutely scrumptious appetizer or snack! They take minutes to make with only 4 ingredients!

A DELICIOUS AIR FRYER APPETIZER RECIPE

If you are looking for a super simple appetizer or snack recipe that is packed full of flavor, then you must make these Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Lit’l Smokies! They could not be easier to make and I promise you will end up making more than one batch because people absolutely go crazy for these. You don’t even need to turn your oven on!

closeup shot of the cooked bacon wrapped little smokies in the air fryer basket.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What size air fryer do you use?

For this recipe I used a 5-quart basket air fryer. This is the traditional and most popular style of air fryers sold. If you have a different size or style of air fryer, you will have to cook these based off your own knowledge of your air fryer. There is no way for me to possibly test every air fryer recipe in every style and size that is out there. I also am not familiar with every brand so use your best judgement.

What kind of bacon do you use?

I prefer a regular cut smoked bacon. I think the thicker cut bacon would take much longer to cook and wouldn’t crisp up as much as I would like.

What’s your favorite store-bought BBQ sauce?

We love Sweet Baby Ray’s original sauce. I can find it pretty much anywhere and it is an all-around good sauce!

How do I make these spicier?

If you want to take the spice level up a notch, try adding about 1/2 teaspoon of red pepper flakes to the BBQ sauce mixture. Alternatively, you could add in about a tablespoon of hot sauce.

How do I store leftovers?

I doubt you’ll have leftovers but if you do, just store them in a covered container in your refrigerator. They’ll last for about 3 days. Reheat in the microwave or place back in the air fryer to reheat.

fully cooked bacon wrapped little smokies shown in an air fryer basket.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • Lit’l Smokies cocktail sausages
  • bacon 
  • bbq sauce
  • garlic powder
little smokies sausages, bacon, barbecue sauce and garlic powder.

HOW TO MAKE AIR FRYER BACON WRAPPED LIT’L SMOKIES:

Open the Lit’l Smokies package and pat each sausage dry with a paper towel. This will help the bacon stick to it better when they are wrapped. Cut each piece of bacon into thirds.

collage of two photos: patting cocktail sausages dry with a paper towel; bacon shown cut into three pieces on a cutting board with kitchen scissors.

Wrap each of the sausages with one of the cut bacon pieces. Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil nonstick cooking spray.  Place wrapped Lit’l Smokies into the air fryer basket with the folded part of the bacon facing down. This will help keep the bacon from unwrapping while cooking. Keep the sausages separated by about an inch. This will allow the air to circulate properly around each one. 

collage of two photos: cocktail sausage shown being wrapped with a cut piece of bacon; bacon wrapped sausages shown lined up in an air fryer basket.

In a small bowl, mix together bbq sauce with garlic powder. Then, using a pastry brush, coat each wrapped Lit’l Smokies with the bbq sauce. Air fry for 10-12 minutes at 375F degrees (you do not need to preheat the air fryer first.) Note: You can cook these until the bacon has reached your desired level of crispiness. The thicker the bacon, the longer it may take. 

collage of three photos: a spoon shown mixing together barbecue sauce and garlic powder in a small clear bowl; brushing BBQ sauce on sausages in air fryer; fully cooked bacon wrapped sausages in air fryer.

When finished, brush on a little more of the bbq sauce mixture and sprinkle with chopped parsley for color (optional). Serve warm with toothpicks.

fully cooked bacon wrapped lit'l smokes shown stacked on a white plate.

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Lit’l Smokies

These Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Lit'l Smokies are an absolutely scrumptious appetizer or snack! They take minutes to make with only 4 ingredients!
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Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings: 8

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce package Lit’l Smokies sausages
  • ½ pound bacon
  • 1 cup bbq sauce (like Sweet Baby Ray's)
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

Instructions

  • Open the Lit’l Smokies package and pat each sausage dry with a paper towel. This will help the bacon stick to it better when they are wrapped.
    patting cocktail sausages dry with a paper towel.
  • Cut each piece of bacon into thirds.
    bacon shown cut into three pieces on a cutting board with kitchen scissors.
  • Wrap each of the sausages with one of the cut bacon pieces. 
    cocktail sausage shown being wrapped with a cut piece of bacon.
  • Spray the air fryer basket with olive oil nonstick cooking spray. 
  • Place wrapped Lit’l Smokies into the air fryer basket with the folded part of the bacon facing down. This will help keep the bacon from unwrapping while cooking.
    bacon wrapped sausages shown lined up in an air fryer basket.
  • Keep the sausages separated by about an inch. This will allow the air to circulate properly around each one. 
  • In a small bowl, mix together bbq sauce with garlic powder.
    a spoon shown mixing together barbecue sauce and garlic powder in a small clear bowl.
  • Then, using a pastry brush, coat each wrapped Lit’l Smokie with the bbq sauce. 
    a pastry brush shown spreading barbecue sauce on top of the bacon wrapped sausages.
  • Air fry for 10-12 minutes at 375F degrees (you do not need to preheat the air fryer first.) Note: You can cook these until the bacon has reached your desired level of crispiness. The thicker the bacon, the longer it may take. 
  • When finished, brush on a little more of the bbq sauce mixture and sprinkle with chopped parsley for color (optional). Serve warm with toothpicks for serving.
    fully cooked bacon wrapped lit'l smokes shown stacked on a white plate.

Video

Notes

  • I used a 5-quart basket air fryer. You may have to cook these in batches if you have a smaller air fryer. 
  • You can secure these with toothpicks before cooking. Sometimes the bacon can shrink up a little while air frying. This will hold it securely in place. 
  • Please note: when I went to film the video, I ended up with short pieces of bacon so I ended up just cutting them in half. 
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 330kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 25g | Sodium: 1063mg | Fiber: 0.3g | Sugar: 13g

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“The Country Cook” is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is an estimate. If calorie count and other nutritional values are important to you, we recommend running the ingredients through whichever online nutritional calculator you prefer. Calories and other nutritional values can vary quite a bit depending on which brands were used.

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