Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

The classic little smokies appetizer gets an upgrade from the cayenne and brown sugar rub, not to mention crispy bacon wrapped around the smokies!

No party would be complete without the deliciousness of bacon-wrapped little smokies… but I’ve taken that one step further with a spiced brown sugar rub that renders them absolutely mouthwatering!  Bake them for game day, a cocktail party, or just a casual night in!  Just 5 ingredients!

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You guys, this is my favorite time of year.  Not just for the chillier days, sweatshirts, bonfires, and all things pumpkin… but for football!!  I’ve always been a huge football fan, for both the game and the FOOD!  Game day foods are just the best aren’t they?  They’re so comforting and fun!  It’s really hard for me to pick a favorite, but one that ranks pretty high on the list are these little smokies!

Most everyone has had little smokies at some point in their lives.. whether they’ve been wrapped in bacon or simmered in bbq sauce in the slow cooker.  I decided that my love of all things sweet/spicy needed to extend to these!  And of course, everything is better with bacon right?!

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This is one fabulous flavor combination, with the little snap from the little smokies, the savory salty bacon, the sweet brown sugar, and the spice kick from the cayenne pepper and black pepper.

If you’re worried about the heat level, you can adjust the amount of the cayenne, or even omit it altogether.  I’ve had both versions, and they’re equally delicious, just in different ways!

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies | Mouthwatering, and incredibly simple to make, these little smokies are loaded with sweet, savory and spicy flavors!  Perfect for game day, tailgating, a party, or a fun night at home! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #party #appetizer #gameday #lilsmokies #bacon

TOOLS YOU’LL NEED FOR THIS RECIPE:

  • Half Sheet Pan – this is my most used sheet pan, it holds up so well!
  • Toothpicks – if you get lucky, the bacon can stick to itself and seal, but to be safe… I always use these.

Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies | Mouthwatering, and incredibly simple to make, these little smokies are loaded with sweet, savory and spicy flavors!  Perfect for game day, tailgating, a party, or a fun night at home! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #party #appetizer #gameday #lilsmokies #bacon

If you’re wanting a little extra flavor boost, consider using some bbq sauce!  It’s only one extra step.  After you bake the little smokies, remove the pan from the oven and switch it to broil.  Baste the cooked smokies with a little bbq sauce (whatever flavor you love the most!), and broil several minutes, until it’s sticky.

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Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies | Mouthwatering, and incredibly simple to make, these little smokies are loaded with sweet, savory and spicy flavors!  Perfect for game day, tailgating, a party, or a fun night at home! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #party #appetizer #gameday #lilsmokies #bacon
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4.86 from 7 votes
8 servings
Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
 

The classic little smokies appetizer gets an upgrade from the cayenne and brown sugar rub, not to mention crispy bacon wrapped around the smokies!

Calories: 421 kcal
Author: The Chunky Chef
Ingredients
  • 16 oz package of little smokies (or small cooked sausages) I use Hillshire Farm brand
  • 15 slices bacon, each cut into 3 smaller sections
  • 3/4 cup light brown sugar, packed
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper more or less, according to your tastes
  • pinch of black pepper
Instructions
  1. Prepare a jelly roll pan (or large baking sheet with a rim), with a layer of aluminum foil, lightly coated with non-stick cooking spray.  Set aside.  Preheat oven to 350 F degrees.

  2. Pat sausages dry with a paper towel and wrap each individual sausage with a piece of the cut bacon.  Secure with a toothpick.

  3. Add brown sugar, cayenne and black pepper to a large resealable plastic bag.  Use a spoon to combine the sugar with seasonings.  Add several bacon wrapped sausages, seal bag and shake gently to coat.  Repeat with all remaining sausages.

  4. Line sugar rubbed sausages on prepared baking sheet and bake 30 -35 minutes, until bacon is browned.  For some extra crispness, broil for a couple of minutes after baking.

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Recipe Notes

For a bbq version, bake as directed, then baste with bbq sauce and broil on high until sausages are sticky, approximately 3-4 minutes.

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Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies | Mouthwatering, and incredibly simple to make, these little smokies are loaded with sweet, savory and spicy flavors!  Perfect for game day, tailgating, a party, or a fun night at home! | https://www.thechunkychef.com | #party #appetizer #gameday #lilsmokies #bacon

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29 comments on “Spicy Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies”

  1. How do you keep the bottoms from burning? Absolutely love this recipe but I seem to always burn the bottoms. I assume from the combo of brown sugar and bacon grease. 

  2. Can these be put together and frozen ahead of time?

  3. Hiya😊 These look fabulous and I want to include them in the hot appetizers that I’m planning for my parents 50th anniversary (surprise) party. The surprise makes the planning a little more stealth mode.😎
    So, my question is….can I make these a few hours in advance & keep them warm? Then place into a buffet table (using a Sterno to keep it warm) type presentation? Sorry, I know this is long but I’m getting in the crazy territory here! 😉

    • Hi Christa 🙂 I’ve only made them about an hour in advance, and just kept them covered with foil, and they were still great… but I think keeping them covered and then in a sterno buffet should work just fine! Wow, 50 years… that’s awesome, congrats to them!

  4. I made these and they were the biggest hit!!! I highly recommend them!!!

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  8. I went to a friend’s church potluck luncheon and one of the guys brought a tray of these. OMG! First of all, that he made them himself, and second, they were delicious! (Yes, I know, men DO cook, but this one in particular stunned me! 😁) Of course I had to get the recipe and was happily surprised that they were easy enough to throw together for any gathering. Can’t wait to try them with the cayenne though!

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  10. These look like a winner! Curious if anyone has kept them warm in a crockpot after baking first as directed? Or other ideas to keep warm for “grazing”? Thanks!

  11. Great snack. I couldn’t find the smokies so I just cut up little pieces of sausage, which worked just as well. I might kick up the spice a little more next time — and make a lot more of them because they vanished at my party pretty quickly! Thanks for the recipe!

  12. Can I make these before baking a day ahead

  13. I make these little bits on game day an they were a big hit just like my team Thanks☺☺☺

  14. Yes, everything is better with bacon! These are perfect game day food! I’m sure they disappear fast!

  15. Adding brown sugar is such a clever idea! Need to try it, too!

  16. Oh man! I can only imagine how crispy and delicious these are! Perfect little appetizers for game day!

  17. Oh wow! Look at these beauties. You’re right when you say these are perfect for game day or any day if you ask me. Thanks for sharing these smokies!

  18. Oh BEHAVE! I’m seriously drooling just looking at these. The perfect poppable snack!

  19. I could eat so many of these little appetizers!

  20. I absolutely love this appetizer!

  21. I’m only interested in football for the food and I’m not sure I’d really want to share these with other party goers, lol! They look too good!!

  22. These look so AMAZING!!! Loving the pictures! Will definitely be making these!

  23. HOLY smokes!! ( Or should I say, SMOKIES, BAHAHA.)….. anyway, this is MY favorite time of year TOO, and these are so perfect for all of those football games that my hubs is getting ready to watch all season long. I’m putting this on my appetizer list PRONTO. He’ll be thanking you soon! 😉