Little Smokies

LAST UPDATED: Nov 13, 2020 | PUBLISHED: Nov 10, 2020 | By:

Little Smokies are the easiest appetizer! They’re made with just 3 ingredients in minutes! This Little Smokies recipe is the perfect party food to serve a crowd.

I hope you like bacon. Scratch that, LOVE bacon, because I have several favorite bacon recipes coming. Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are one of those recipes that is passed down from your mom and at every get together, isn’t it? They’re great for game day entertaining and always a crowd pleaser!

little smokies lined on a platter next to blue napkin

This appetizer recipe is the perfect mix of sweet, salty and savory flavors, they are so delicious, I promise you they will be a hit with everyone! I can’t believe you only need three ingredients to make such a tasty treat!

It only takes 5 minutes to prep these bite sized treats before adding them to the oven for 30 minutes. If you are hosting a large crowd, it’s really easy to double the recipe for a bigger batch. This classic recipe is a hit with kids and adults alike – and it’s easy to see why!

You can make bacon wrapped smokies in the oven or slow cooker (without toothpicks) – your preference!

You’ve enjoyed this classic appetizer for years, but I’m sharing tips and tricks to make them better than the rest! This recipe was originally published May 2013, and has been updated with new photos, tips and video!

little smokies wrapped with bacon and toothpicks

I’m a fan of ALL the appetizers and I know you are too!

Why You’ll Love Little Smokies

  • 3 Ingredients
  • Make Ahead
  • 10 Minutes Hands On Time
  • Perfect for Parties
bacon wrapped lil smokie on white plate
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Bacon Wrapped Smokies Ingredients

  • Bacon – Center cut bacon is my go-to for less fat (and grease), but you can use your favorite bacon including hickory smoked bacon, turkey bacon, etc.
  • Brown Sugar – Brown sugar caramelizes with the bacon juice.
  • Cocktail Weenies – Small hotdogs also known as cocktail wieners, cocktail franks, little smokies or baby wursts. Pork Little Smokies, Beef Little Smokies, Turkey Little Smokies, Cheddar Little Weiners all work well. It’s your choice!

Variations

  • Spice It Up – Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon cayenne, fresh cracked ground black pepper on top or wrap with a slice of jalapeño.
  • Make them Cheesy – Add blue cheese or cheddar cheese.
  • Extra Sweet – Wrap with a half date or slice of pineapple.

How To Make Little Smokies in the Oven

  1. Prep – Preheat oven.
  2. Assemble – Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each weenie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. cocktail wieners wrapped in bacon in baking dish
  3. Bake – Place tight in a baking dish and generously coat with brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes. Using a spoon, take the grease and brown sugar mixture from the bottom of the pan and distribute on top of weenies. Bake another 15 minutes. I bake these lower and slower to really allow the flavor to marinate. cocktail weenies covered in brown sugar in white baking dish

In a Slow Cooker

  1. Assemble – Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each weenie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  2. Fill – Place half of them in the slow cooker. Cover with half of the brown sugar. Add another layer of smokies and cover with remaining brown sugar. Cover with lid and cook 3+ hours.
bacon wrapped smokies with toothpicks lined up on platter

Make Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies Ahead

You can assemble Little Smokies ahead of time making them perfect for gatherings where you’re making multiple hors d’oeuvres!

Wrap the weenies in the bacon and secure them with the toothpicks and place them in the pan and cover with brown sugar. Cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate until you are ready to serve. Bake and enjoy!

Tips

  • Serve Warm.
  • Keep them Warm – Store them in the oven at 200 degrees F or in a crockpot on low.
  • Make without toothpicks – Simply place seam down. The sugar will caramelize to seal. I prefer making and serving them with toothpicks because they’re easy to transfer and serve.
  • Use a ceramic or glass baking dish for easy cleanup. You can use a little oil or butter spray if you’d like as well. Fill the pan with hot water and the sugar will dissolve.

How to Store

  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 4 days. Reheat in oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until heated through.
  • Freeze – Freeze in baking dish for 10 minutes to set. Transfer to freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. Refrigerate to thaw and follow reheating instructions above.

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More Easy Appetizers

little smokies on platter with blue napkin

Little Smokies

Julie Blanner
Bacon wrapped smokies are the ultimate party appetizer! They're made with just 3 ingredients in minutes!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 35
Calories 49 kcal

Equipment

  • Toothpicks (optional)

Ingredients
  

  • 12 strips bacon
  • ¾ cup brown sugar packed
  • 14 ounces cocktail weenies about 35

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 350° F. Grease glass or ceramic baking dish.
  • Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each weenie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick or place seam down to seal.
  • Place tight in dish and generously coat with brown sugar. Bake for 15 minutes. Remove from oven.
  • Using a spoon, take the grease, brown sugar mixture from the bottom of the pan and distribute on top of weenies. Bake another 15 minutes.
  • Allow to cool 3 minutes before serving or transferring them to a platter.

Video

Notes

Variations

  • Sprinkle ¼ teaspoon cayenne, fresh cracked ground black pepper on top or wrap with a slice of jalapeño.
  • Add blue cheese or cheddar cheese.
  • Wrap with a half date or slice of pineapple.

Make in a Slow Cooker

  1. Assemble – Cut bacon into thirds. Wrap each weenie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  2. Fill – Place half of them in the slow cooker. Cover with half of the brown sugar. Add another layer of smokies and cover with remaining brown sugar. Cover with lid and cook 3+ hours.

Tips

  • Serve Warm.
  • How to Keep them Warm – Store them in the oven at 200 degrees F or in a crockpot on low.
  • Use a ceramic or glass baking dish for easy cleanup. You can use a little oil or butter spray if you’d like as well. Fill the pan with hot water and the sugar will dissolve.

To Store

  • Refrigerate – Refrigerate in an airtight container up to 4 days. Reheat in oven preheated to 350 degrees F for 15 minutes or in the microwave 15 seconds at a time until heated through.
  • Freeze – Freeze in baking dish for 10 minutes to set. Transfer to freezer bag and freeze up to 3 months. Refrigerate to thaw and follow reheating instructions above.

Nutrition

Calories:49kcalCarbohydrates:5gProtein:1gFat:3gSaturated Fat:1gCholesterol:5mgSodium:51mgPotassium:21mgSugar:5gVitamin A:3IUCalcium:4mgIron:1mg
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