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Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies

A serving plate of brown sugar coated, bacon wrapped mini sausages and a bowl of barbecue sauce for dipping.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes

If meat candy is a thing, then these Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies are it and they’re always a huge hit whenever they’re served. Cocktail wieners wrapped in bacon are such an easy appetizer recipe to make and absolutely delicious.

Can’t get enough bacon? Then try our Bacon Cheeseburger Casserole and Bacon Wrapped Pickles.

Branded image of Little sausages wrapped in bacon, with one being dipped in BBQ sauce.

Why you should make this recipe

Little smokies have been a party favorite for decades. Whether made in the crockpot (slow cooker) with grape jelly and barbecue sauce or oven-baked wrapped in bacon, they’re bound to be the first thing gone from the appetizer table.

They’re so easy to make. This recipe calls for 3 main ingredients, with a 4th being optional. To make them, it’s simply cut, wrap, stick, dip, and bake. That’s it!

A finger food that even the pickiest of eaters will enjoy.

And you can make these ahead of time!

A platter of smokies resting on lettuce leaves with bbq dipping sauce.

Recipe Ingredients

Ingredients needed for the recipe: mini smoked sausages, bacon, cayenne, brown sugar, and toothpicks resting on a cast iron grill pan.
  • Mini smoked sausages — we used all beef Hillshire Farms Lil’t Smokies brand.
  • Bacon — we normally love thick cut bacon but for this recipe, regular is less bulky and can be secured easier.
  • Brown sugar — dark brown sugar has a bit more molasses than light brown sugar, giving it a deeper and sweeter flavor.
  • Cayenne pepper — this is completely optional for those who like a little spice.
  • Toothpicks — these are needed to secure the bacon around the little sausage links.

How to make brown sugar bacon wrapped smokies

The first four image steps for making the recipe.

Step 1 Preheat oven to 400°F. Cut the bacon into thirds or even fourths if possible.

Step 2 Add the brown sugar to a small bowl and stir in the cayenne if using.

Step 3 Lay out several pieces of cut bacon on a cutting board then place a little smokie on a piece of bacon and wrap it around.

Step 4 Secure the bacon with a toothpick.

The last four steps for making the recipe depicted in images.

Step 5 Coat each wrapped smokie in the brown sugar mixture.

Step 6 Place each bacon wrapped smokie on a cast iron grated grill pan.

Step 7 — Bake for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy.

Step 8 — Serve with your favorite dipping sauce like ranch, sriracha mayo, ketchup, or bbq sauce.

Flavor Variations

Sweet — swap the brown sugar for maple syrup or even honey.

Savory — add a bit of garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, or your favorite herbs to the brown sugar mixture.

Spicy — don’t have cayenne? No problem, use chipotle powder, or regular chili powder. You could also use crushed red pepper.

A serving plate of brown sugar coated, bacon wrapped mini sausages and a bowl of barbecue sauce for dipping.

Recipe Tips

  • Cold bacon is best, as it warms to room temperature the fat in the bacon softens and it can come apart easily, making it more difficult to wrap and secure with a toothpick.
  • Use a rimmed baking sheet, cookie sheet, or baking pan to collect the rendered fat while cooking.
  • If not using seasoned cast iron, use a prepared baking sheet. To prepare a sheet pan, spray it with cooking spray, line with aluminum foil, or parchment paper. As these cook, the brown sugar caramelizes, sticking to the pan, and making clean up a chore.

Recipe FAQs

Can I make this using frozen smokies?

Yes, just add up to 10 additional minutes of cooking time.

Can I make bacon wrapped smokies ahead of time?

Sure thing. Wrap the bacon around the smokie, insert the toothpick and set aside. Don’t worry about adding the brown sugar now, save that for when you go to cook them. Store them in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze them for up to two months.

What is the best way to reheat bacon wrapped smokies?

Place them on a baking sheet and bake at 350°F for 15 minutes or so. Additionally you can pop them in the air fryer at 390°F for 3-5 minutes.

Are little smokies just small hot dogs?

Similar but not quite. All hot dogs are sausages but not all sausages are hot dogs. For example, bratwursts, kielbasa, Italian sausage are all different types of sausage and smokies are a smoked, fully cooked, miniature sausage.

Branded image of Bacon wrapped smokies on a cast iron grill pan.
A serving plate of brown sugar coated, bacon wrapped mini sausages and a bowl of barbecue sauce for dipping.
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5 from 22 votes

Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies

If meat candy is a thing, then these Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies are it and they're always a huge hit whenever they're served.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time45 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Servings: 8 people
Calories: 545kcal
Author: Ned Adams

Equipment

  • Cast Iron grill pan or baking sheet OR
  • 2 12-inch cast iron skillets

Ingredients

  • 24 oz beef little smokies
  • 16 oz bacon sliced in ⅓ pieces
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper Optional

Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 400°F.
  • Cut the bacon into thirds or even fourths if possible.
  • Add the brown sugar to a small bowl and stir in the cayenne if using.
  • Lay out several pieces of cut bacon on a cutting board then place a little smokie on a piece of bacon and wrap it around. Secure the bacon with a toothpick.
  • Coat each wrapped smokie in the brown sugar mixture.
  • Place each bacon wrapped smokie on a cast iron grated grill pan.
  • Bake for 30 minutes or until the bacon is crispy. Serve and enjoy.

Notes

Flavor Variations

Sweet — swap the brown sugar for maple syrup or even honey.
Savory — add a bit of garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, or your favorite herbs to the brown sugar mixture.
Spicy — don’t have cayenne? No problem, use chipotle powder, or regular chili powder. You could also use crushed red pepper.

Nutrition

Calories: 545kcal | Carbohydrates: 16g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 46g | Saturated Fat: 16g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 21g | Trans Fat: 0.1g | Cholesterol: 92mg | Sodium: 1248mg | Potassium: 283mg | Fiber: 0.1g | Sugar: 15g | Vitamin A: 125IU | Vitamin C: 0.2mg | Calcium: 24mg | Iron: 1mg

Dutch Oven Daddy is not a dietician or nutritionist, and any nutritional information shared is only an estimate. We recommend running the ingredients through an online nutritional calculator if you need to verify any information.

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23 replies
  1. Nicole
    Nicole says:

    5 stars
    These were super tasty! I made them for Christmas and will be making them again for the Super Bowl this weekend. The brown sugar makes them sooo delicious. Love anything sweet and salty!

    Reply
  2. Kathleen
    Kathleen says:

    5 stars
    Count me and my gang IN for this “meat candy”! These will be the first to go when I serve them on game day. Can’t wait to see the look on my families face when I put these out.

    Reply
  3. Elisa
    Elisa says:

    5 stars
    Love this Skillet Bacon Wrapped Smokies recipe, looks delicious and easy to make. Great for gatherings. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Reply
  4. Gianne
    Gianne says:

    5 stars
    The combination of crispy bacon and juicy smokies is a match made in heaven. The flavor is out of this world and they make the perfect appetizer for any occasion. Delicious!

    Reply
  5. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    5 stars
    This is one of those appetizers that can’t possibly ever go out of fashion – they’re just so darn good and that sweet and spicy flavor combo is perfect! They’re dangerous though….it’s hard to stop at just a few of them! 🙂

    Reply
  6. Cathleen
    Cathleen says:

    5 stars
    I’ve been looking for recipes to make for the Superbowl and this is IT! I am so excited to make this, thank you so much for sharing 🙂

    Reply
  7. Sonia
    Sonia says:

    5 stars
    These are such a wonderful idea – thank you so much for sharing this recipe! My friend absolutely loved them!!! Thanks again!

    Reply
  8. Ben
    Ben says:

    5 stars
    Boom! These are crazy good. Everything is better with bacon, and the goes for little smokies. These are going into my permanent rotation.

    Reply

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