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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

With just a few ingredients, these Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are a tasty, easy recipe that are great for parties or game days!

A FAMILY FAVORITE APPETIZER

Since I’ve been on an appetizer kick lately I have to share with you one of my favorite appetizers of all time: Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies. They are super tasty and one of the first appetizers that seem to disappear at any party. This has been one of my family’s most requested appetizers for a long time and we make them any chance we can get! I have not met a person that does not love these so I always take that as a good sign. If you have not tried these or have had them and want to make them again, then you need this Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokie recipe!

Overhead of Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies piled on white plate.

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What kind of little smokies should I use?

There are several varieties of lit’l smokies. We usually use beef, pork or turkey. You can use any of your favorite for this recipe. They do make a cheddar version but I do not recommend using that one for this recipe.

What kind of bacon is best to wrap little smokies??

Regular cut bacon is best for this recipe. I do not like using thick cut bacon as it will take longer to cook.

Why do I need to refrigerate these before cooking?

This actually helps the brown sugar melt down before baking making sure that the brown sugar fully melts in the baking process and you don’t end up with burnt Little Smokies.

Can I add other seasonings to the brown sugar?

Absolutely! You can add whatever you think would taste great. Some other ideas include dried ranch seasoning, barbecue seasoning, or blackening seasoning.

What’s the best way to keep these warm while serving?

Keep these warm in a small crockpot for a fun party spread. Make sure to add a bit of the liquid over the smokies so they don’t dry out in the crockpot.

Can these be made in the air fryer?

Yes! Check out my recipe instructions here.

How do you store leftovers?

These can be stored in the refrigerator in an airtight container with the liquid where they will keep for up to 3-4 days. They can be reheated in the microwave, stovetop, or oven, I suggest saving any leftover sauce and heating them up in it or they may dry out.

Pinterest image of Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies on white plate with parsley in background.

INGREDIENTS NEEDED FOR BACON WRAPPED LITTLE SMOKIES: (FULL RECIPE AT THE BOTTOM OF THE POST)

  • bacon
  • little smokies
  • light brown sugar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • cayenne pepper
  • parsley for garnish, optional
Ingredients needed: bacon, little smokies, brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne pepper and parsley.

HOW TO MAKE BROWN SUGAR BACON WRAPPED LITTLE SMOKIES:

Cut the bacon into thirds. Pat the little smokies dry with a paper towel. Wrap a little smokie with a piece of bacon and place it into a 9×13 baking dish seam side down. Repeat with all the smokies, you may have a few slices of bacon left.

Little Smokies wrapped in bacon in baking dish.

In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne until combined. 

Brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne in bowll.

Sprinkle this mixture over the wrapped smokies. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour. 

Brown sugar mixture sprinkled over smokies in baking dish.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. If the brown sugar is not mostly dissolved, cover with foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Turn the broiler and high, uncover, and broiler until lightly golden brown. 

Little smokies taken out of refrigerator ready to bake.

Serve immediately with an optional parsley garnish.

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies in baking dish with juices.

Enjoy!

Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies topped with parsley on white plate.

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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

With just a few ingredients, these Brown Sugar Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are a tasty, easy recipe that are great for parties or game days!
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Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Chill Time:: 1 hour
Total Time: 2 hours 15 minutes
Servings: 6

Ingredients

  • 16 ounces bacon
  • 14 ounces little smokies
  • 1 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • fresh chopped parsley for garnish optional

Instructions

  • Cut the bacon into thirds. Pat the little smokies dry with a paper towel. Wrap a little smokie with a piece of bacon and place it into a 9×13 baking dish seam side down. Repeat with all the smokies, you may have a few slices of bacon left.
  • In a small bowl stir together the brown sugar, garlic powder, onion powder, and cayenne until combined.
  • Sprinkle this mixture over the wrapped smokies. Cover with plastic wrap and place it in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  • Preheat the oven to 350°F. Uncover the baking dish and bake for 45 minutes. If the brown sugar is not mostly dissolved, cover with foil and bake for an additional 10 minutes. Turn the broiler and high, uncover, and broiler until lightly golden brown.
  • Serve immediately with an optional parsley garnish.

Notes

  • You can use beef, pork or turkey little smokies.
  • Make sure you refrigerate these before baking.
  • I don’t recommend thick cut bacon for this recipe.
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American

Nutrition

Calories: 657kcal | Carbohydrates: 39g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 48g | Sodium: 1187mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 37g

Nutritional Disclaimer

“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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  1. Made these as one of my appetizers yesterday for Christmas…needless to say, the were a hit! I did skip the onion and garlic powder and also the parsley, but they turned out great! Thanks for the great idea!