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Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies – these bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar and spices make for the perfect appetizer! Smoky, savory, sweet and delicious!

Appetizers are probably my favorite food group. We love snacking and there is definitely no shame in having appetizers for dinner some nights. They are just fun, easy, and sometimes so much better than cooking a full meal!

Bacon wrapped smokies are an old classic that everyone has had and loves. I put a little twist on it by adding some spices to the mix. Traditionally it is just brown sugar or maybe brown sugar and black pepper. But I like to mix it up and give them a little bit more flavor.

white tray with bacon wrapped smokies and a bowl of barbecue sauce

 

Don’t worry when I say I like to add more spices. It isn’t like I am emptying the spice rack or using anything you don’t already have on hand. I just like to add a couple extra things to give them a little more depth of flavor.

Everyone loves sweet and spicy, but I like to add a little bit more savory in there to.

ingredients for bacon wrapped smokies

What You’ll Need

  • Package Lil’ Smokies
  • Bacon
  • Brown Sugar
  • Cayenne Pepper
  • Onion Powder
  • Garlic Powder
  • Smoked Paprika
  • Black Pepper
  • Toothpicks

See, just a couple of spices! It is just enough to give them a little kick and make you think huh? These are better than I have had before, I wonder what is different?! Technically the toothpicks aren’t necessary, I just think they make life a whole lot easier.

putting bacon wrapped smokies in brown sugar spice mixture

How To Make Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Be sure to scroll down to the full recipe card to get the amounts and full instructions.

  1. You need to preheat your oven to 425º F. You want it nice and hot to get the bacon super crispy. Line your baking sheet with foil. The brown sugar caramelizes as it bakes, and this makes clean up so much easier!
  2. Separate your bacon into pieces, and cut the strips into thirds. That should be long enough to wrap around each lil’ smokie without a little of extra.
  3. Wrap each strip of bacon around a lil’ smokie and secure with a toothpick.
  4. In a bowl mix together the brown sugar with the cayenne, garlic powder, paprika and black pepper.
  5. Put each lil’s smokie in the brown sugar mixture and make sure it is well coated. Place on your lined baking sheet.
  6. Once they are all coated put them in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip over and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes until crispy.
  7. Remove from the baking sheet and serve with your favorite dipping sauce!
baking tray lines up with bacon wrapped smokies

Storage

If you have leftovers don’t worry, you can store them in an airtight container for 3-4 days and they will still be great!

How Do You Reheat Bacon Wrapped Smokies

These are really easy to reheat in your oven, air fryer or toaster oven. Put in at about 350º F for 15 minutes and they will be hot, crispy and delicious. Just check on them to make sure they don’t brown too quickly while reheating.

Can I Make These Ahead

Yes, you can. You want to actually bake them the day you serve them though. But you can wrap the bacon around them, and even coat them in the spice mixture. Place them on the baking tray covered in the fridge for up to 24 hours. Then follow the baking instructions when you are ready to serve!

dipping a lil smokie in barbecue sauce

What Goes With Lil’ Smokies

My family likes a dip with just about anything! So we have a couple dips that I like to serve with these smokies for people to enjoy.

How To Keep Smokies Hot For A Party

These really are best served hot out of the oven. So if you can put them out right as guests arrive, or even pull them out a few minutes after when people are starting to eat. Otherwise you can put them in a crockpot over warm, and they will stay warm. They won’t be quite as crispy, but they are still delicious!

close up lil' smokies with bacon for pinterest

More Tasty Appetizer Recipes

Yield: 10

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

close up bowl of bacon wrapped smokies and barbecue sauce

Bacon Wrapped Smokies - these bacon wrapped smokies with brown sugar and spices make for the perfect appetizer! Smoky, savory, sweet and delicious!

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes

Ingredients

  • 1 (14 oz) package Lil' Smokies
  • 12 oz package bacon
  • 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Preheat your oven to 425º F. Line baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  2. Separate your bacon into strips and cut the strips into thirds. That should be long enough to wrap around each lil' smokie without a little of extra.
  3. Wrap each strip of bacon around a lil' smokie and secure with a toothpick.
  4. In a bowl mix together the brown sugar with the cayenne, garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and black pepper.
  5. Put each lil' smokie in the brown sugar mixture and make sure it is well coated. Place on your lined baking sheet.
  6. Once they are all coated put them in the oven for 15 minutes. Flip over and cook for an additional 10-12 minutes until crispy.
  7. Remove and serve immediately.

Nutrition Information

Yield

10

Serving Size

1

Amount Per Serving Calories 198Total Fat 12gSaturated Fat 4gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 8gCholesterol 34mgSodium 584mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 0gSugar 9gProtein 12g

Nutrition Disclaimer: All information presented on this site is intended for informational purposes only. I am not a certified nutritionist and any nutritional information shared on dinnersdishesanddesserts.com should only be used as a general guideline.

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Billie

Saturday 19th of November 2022

I also wrap pineapple chunks just like the smokies. Yummy too!

Catalina

Saturday 12th of November 2022

Now I know what I will make for tonight movie night dinner!

Sandra

Friday 11th of November 2022

These are amazing! Such a perfect appetizer! Love all the flavors in them!

Dorothy Reinhold

Friday 11th of November 2022

I think you can NOT holiday without these! Love that sweet and spicy combo!

Beth

Friday 11th of November 2022

Just looking at this is making me so hungry! I have to make these this weekend. I have no party plans, I just want them. LOL

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