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Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies with brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of cayenne pepper makes a mouthwatering easy appetizer recipe. 

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies

I love making easy appetizers for party on holiday, game day, birthday, or just because!

This appetizer is the best of both worlds. The brown sugar and maple syrup caramelize when baking and the cayenne pepper gives it a nice kick at the end. 

Sweet and Spicy Smokies Ingredients

To make Little Smokies appetizers, you will need the following (go to the recipe below for exact amounts and instructions):

  • Little smokies
  • Bacon
  • Maple syrup
  • Light brown sugar
  • Cayenne pepper

How to Wrap Lil Smokies in Bacon

How to Make Sweet and Spicy Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

  1. Marinade the meat. Cut bacon slices into thirds. Add bacon slices and little smokies to a large baking dish. Pour maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar over the bacon and smokies and stir gently to combine. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  2. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  3. Wrap the smokies in bacon. Mix remaining 1 cup brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish. Dip each bacon piece into the sugar mixture and flip to coat each side. Wrap each little smoke with a piece of bacon and place seam side down in a 9×13 baking dish. (You can also secure the bacon with a toothpick if you prefer.) Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture.
  4. Bake in the oven. Bake for 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy. (The syrup and sugar mixture will become bubbly as it bakes.)

Lil Smokies Wrapped in Bacon dipped in BBQ sauce

How to Serve Lil Smokies Wrapped in Bacon

Serve warm with toothpicks. Dip in BBQ sauce, ketchup, honey mustard, or your favorite dipping sauce if desired.

Storage Instructions

Store in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

Plate of Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies

Substitutions

There are a variety of flavors of both little smokes and bacon. Feel free to experiment and mix and match your favorite flavors and types of meat! You could also use link sausage in place of little smokies and slice into small pieces.

To make the smokies more kid-friendly (or for those who like them less spicy), omit the cayenne pepper.

Try my Honey Garlic Little Smokies

How Can I Keep These Warm for a Party?

After baking, add the smokies to a Crock Pot and set to Warm or Low to keep them warm for a few hours.

Little Smokies with Bacon, Maple Syrup and Cayenne Pepper

What if I’m Short on Time?

If you’re in a pinch, skip the refrigeration step. Pour the maple syrup and brown sugar in the bottom of your baking pan and proceed with the next steps.

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Yield: 40 smokies
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Marinade Time: 4 hours
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 4 hours 35 minutes

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Smokies with brown sugar, maple syrup, and a touch of cayenne pepper makes a mouthwatering easy appetizer. 

Ingredients

  • 14 ounce package Lil Smokies
  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 1/2 cups light brown sugar, divided
  • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon slices into thirds.Add bacon slices and little smokies to a large baking dish.
  2. Pour maple syrup and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar over the bacon and smokies and stir gently to combine.
  3. Refrigerate for at least 4 hours or overnight.
  4. Preheat oven to 425° F.
  5. Mix remaining 1 cup brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a shallow dish.
  6. Dip each bacon piece into the sugar mixture and flip to coat each side.
  7. Wrap each little smoke with a piece of bacon and place seam side down in a 9x13 baking dish. (You can also secure the bacon with a toothpick if you prefer.) Sprinkle with any remaining sugar mixture.
  8. Bake for 30 minutes or until bacon is crispy. (The syrup and sugar mixture will become bubbly as it bakes.)
Nutrition Information:
Yield: 8 Serving Size: 5 smokies
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 582Total Fat: 34gSaturated Fat: 13gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 19gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 1388mgCarbohydrates: 43gFiber: 0gSugar: 40gProtein: 25g

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