Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies



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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

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! :)

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


  • 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.

Hi, I’m Ashley & I’m so happy you’re here!

Ashley is the founder of CenterCutCook and a former teacher that now spends her days in the kitchen so that she can share her favorite recipes with you!