Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

Little Smokies get wrapped in bacon then sprinkled with brown sugar and baked until the bacon is crispy! Served with spicy ketchup on the side, these Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are perfect for entertaining!

Fall is my favorite time of year for so many reasons, but mainly football, good food, and hoodies. Although not in that order. If I ordered it by order of importance it’d go hoodies, good food, and football…. namely Cyclone football (Iowa State…) and my beloved Chicago Bears!

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Since good food and football go hand in hand,  I thought I’d share one of my favorite go-to recipes for football season…  because well, if you’re anything like me, you’ll be searching for food ideas for your next tailgate party! Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies in a brown sugar glaze is a favorite in this house!

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The method is simple, strips of bacon get cut into three or four pieces. Then, each piece of bacon gets wrapped around a little smokie sausage and secured with a toothpick. When all of the little smokies are enveloped in bacon, they get placed on a rimmed baking sheet and topped with a bunch of brown sugar. As they bake, the bacon crisps up, and the brown sugar turns into this ooey gooey glaze that’s addicting! 

I serve these babies with spicy ketchup on the side, but truth be told, they are good as- is, plain and simple! Happy tailgating, and Go Cyclones! :)

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Little Smokies seem to lend themselves perfectly for entertaining. I’ve served them at parties simply heated with ketchup or BBQ sauce for dipping, I’ve also made the crock pot/ slow cooker recipe with the grape jelly – you know which one I’m talking about, right? 

Whichever way you decide to enjoy Little Smokies, you can’t go wrong. Ideal for a crowd, and perfect finger food, they are always a hit!

Q: What are some of YOUR favorite foods to enjoy while watching sports?

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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

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Prep Time: 10mn
Cook Time: 22mn
Total Time: 32mn


  • 1- 16 ounce package little smokie sausages ( I like the beef/cheddar variety)
  • 10-16 ounces bacon
  • 1 cup brown sugar
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  • 1/2 cup prepared ketchup of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
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  1. Pre-heat your oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Cut strips of bacon into 3-4 pieces so that each piece of bacon will fit around a little smoke.
  3. Wrap a strip of bacon around a little smoke and secure it with a toothpick.
  4. Place the bacon wrapped little smokies on a rimmed baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle 1 cup brown sugar over the little smokies.
  6. Bake in the oven for 35-40 minutes, or until the bacon is crisp, and the brown sugar has turned into a glaze.


  1. In a small bowl, combine ketchup, cayenne pepper, red pepper flake, and garlic powder. Ideally, allow it to sit for a couple of hours so that the flavors can meld together.

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  1. Susan Daugherty

    I have made the Lil’ Smokies before and they are a great appetizer/finger food. Toothpick is already in them. They are one of the easiest snacks I have ever made. Our guests also loved them. This is now my #1 snack for football and friends over occasions. Also wonderful for unexpected friends stopping by.

  2. Trina Ann Abbott

    Made these and boy were they good!!!! They went fast too!

    • Awesome! They usually go fast here too! :)

    • Trina Ann Abbott

      I will def make them again.I have to make sure to make a ton if the male species around…….they seem to be drawn to them! Lol:)

    • LOL… I hear ya! I keep little smokies in the freezer and when my hubby is desperate for a meal when I’m not around, this is what he does.

      • Anonymous

        Is there another name for little smokies ?
        Like coctail franks etc. I never heard of little smokies
        Help :)
        Thank you

  3. Cathy Rush Muller

    sorry, I hadn’t read the recipe yet, I must use to much. LOL

  4. Elaina Toner Pulliam

    I wrap 3 pieces of asparagus with bacon and bake in oven, you can’t go wrong with bacon! lol

    • I do the same thing, Elaina! I served it for Thanksgiving and it was a total hit!

  5. Genie O Evans

    They are delicious then I put them in the crock pot the brown sugar forms the liquid,to keep them warm.

    • The best!!! These are always a hit when I make them for entertaining.

  6. Mary Woodward

    I actually shake the cut bacon pieces in a bag with brown sugar before wrapping wieners, as well as sprinkling over top when baking.

  7. Sarah

    Is it possible to make kebabs and grill them instead of baking in the oven?

  8. Brittney Slone

    I use little smokies or little chunks of chicken breasts and coat the in a brown sugar/chili seasoning mix, then wrap in bacon and bake. So yummy. I will have to try these too!

  9. Tom Lompa

    Yep! Soooo much better if you mix in some mustard with that!

  10. Ann Sodeman North

    I have always been a fan of appetizers. These look great.

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