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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?

Thank you so, SO much for following along, reading, commenting, sharing and trying my recipes! I appreciate YOU so much! :)

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


  • 1/2 cup prepared ketchup of your choice
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flake
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder


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

  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

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

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

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

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

  11. A friend brought this ro our race party and they were wonderful!

  12. You can replace the smokies w/ water chestnuts & serve w/ BBQ sauce for another awesome appetizer!

  13. I bake mine in a brown sugar/maple syrup glaze…they are addictive!

  14. They are so hard to wrap, any one have any suggetions on getting the bacon not to rip in tiny peices.

    • I’ve actually found that if I buy a lesser-known brand of bacon, I have that problem. If I buy Oscar Mayer or something similar, it doesn’t rip into pieces. This means when I see Oscar Mayer bacon on sale, I stock up! Bacon is expensive these days!

  15. if you add some mustard to the brown sugar it’s much better

  16. They don’t really belong in my belly, but that’s where they might end up!! lol

  17. Lol I like the way you worded that. Git in mu belly!!!!!!

  18. I love the recipe. Great for taking to a potluck

  19. Amy Elizabeth Clive

    We have a butcher store in town where I’m going to get the little smokies fresh. I also am going to use this for a meal instead of an appetizer. I was thinking about making between 10 to 25 of them, pairing them with garlic mashed potatoes a veggie and a salad.., Anyway I was wondering since there are about 45 little smokies in a 16 ounce package and you are using a cooking time of 35 to 40 minutes, and since I won’t be doing nearly as many as in a 16 ounce package, (like i stated above i will only be doing between 10 to 25) of them do i still do the same cooking time of 35 to 40 minutes and the same oven temp of 350 degrees? Also do you have to use or sprinkle on the brown sugar at all or can you omit it all together; and if you omit it all together does it taste significantly different? Also how much brown sugar do I use for between 10 to 25 little smokies? I always use Oscar Mayer bacon, what kind did you use for this recipe? Regular or thick cut or a flavor one of maple or applewood smoked?

  20. these are great, I also make them by adding crushed or diced pineapple with the brown sugar and bacon, that is real good together.

  21. I’ve made this dish but I used 1/4 in. slices of kielbasa !
    Everyone loved them , now I’m going to try these , they can’t be any less
    delicious then mine., I think I’ll probably like them better!!!
    Thank you

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  23. it would be a delilous heart attack that is for sure

  24. Do you have a recipe for bacon wrapped water chestnuts? I know I’ve had them before, but when I try it, the bacon isn’t crunchy…

  25. Margo Beardsley Galloway

    Love these! Perfect finger food :). Use a toothpick to hold bacon in place. Toothpick then can be used to pick up and then no silverware is required.

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