You guys, it’s my grandpa’s award-winning Bacon Wrapped Smokies recipe!
On Christmas Eve many years ago, we hosted an appetizer party. Everyone knew that there would be a prize for the favorite recipe, so my family all brought their A-game. The winner of this fun evening was…my grandparents!. These little smokies were so good that people were fighting over the last ones in the pan, people were searching their kids’ plates for leftovers…they were a hot commodity and an obvious winner.
This year, I hosted my ANNUAL RECIPE EXCHANGE and the theme was BACON! My friends all brought delicious bacon recipes from dips to appetizers, a salad, a veggie side, a pasta and even a martini! I made these delicious little bites. They were perfect for my party and will be perfect for your holiday season too!
Over the years, I’ve made these a million times but for this night, I switched it up just a tad and used…
…a slightly spicy BBQ sauce…
…and they were so good (here they are right before I popped them in the oven to bake).
This is only four ingredients!!! What more could you want in a holiday appetizer?!
My grandparents’ amazing Bacon Wrapped Smokies will be a hit at your holiday party!
- 1 (14 oz) package of little smokies sausages (I used beef)
- 1 pound of uncooked bacon
- toothpicks for securing
- 2 cups of brown sugar
- about 8 tablespoons of your favorite BBQ sauce
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
- Line a baking sheet with foil. Then place a wire cooling rack on top of the baking sheet. You are going to place your smokies on the rack to bake and then the sauce will drip down through the rack and land on your foil-lined baking sheet. After your finished baking, it will be easier to clean up if your baking sheet is covered with foil. By using the rack, the smokies will crisp up all around as they bake in the oven. If you do not have a wire rack (the kind you would use when you’re cooling cookies after they’ve come out of the oven), they you can just bake them on your foil-lined baking sheet. Spray the wire rack with Pam (or the foil if you don’t have a wire rack). Set this aside.
- Next, take your bacon and cut it into thirds. Take each third and wrap it around one smokie securing it with a toothpick. Wrap each sausage.
- In a mixing bowl, combine your brown sugar and BBQ sauce. You are creating a thick, crumbly mixture here. If your mixture is too smooth, then add a bit more brown sugar. This should be crumbly. Take each secured wrapped smokie and roll it in your sugar mixture. The smokie won’t completely coat but there should be sugar on each one. Place each sugar coated smokie on your rack. Continue until they’re all coated.
- Bake your smokies for 30 minutes.
- Remove from oven and serve immediately or keep warm until you’re ready to serve.
My grandparents gave me their recipe and I tweaked it just a little. They used a dry BBQ sauce but I like to use ingredients I typically have in my kitchen, so I used a bottled BBQ sauce.