Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies

By Holly Sosa

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Holiday entertaining season is here and as someone who is happiest with a home filled with people to feed, I’m rolling out all of my best recipes. While I love being in the kitchen, I know that the upcoming holiday season won’t alway allow me the extra time in my favorite place to cook, so I keep a few super simple recipes on hand that save me time, but still offer a delicious morsel for my family and friends. These Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies are a simple throw together recipe that offer huge savory sweet flavor. No one dislikes bacon, so it’s a recipe that’s sure to be s hit with any visitors or holiday potluck.

I start by slicing a package of bacon into thirds.

I wrap one piece of bacon around a smokie and secure it using a toothpick.

I place the smokie onto a plate and repeat the process until I’ve wrapped all my smokies. If I’m really pressed for time, I can wrap the smokies and pop them into the freezer until I’m ready to bake them. I just add some additional time to the oven and keep an eye on the bacon until it gets to the crispy texture I prefer.

Once my smokies are all rolled in bacon, I combine some brown sugar and cayenne pepper in a bowl and gently roll each smokie in the mixture before transferring it to a prepared baking dish (lightly sprayed with nonstick oil). My favorite baking sheets can be found here.

I bake the Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies in a 425F oven for ten minutes before flipping and popping them back in for an additional ten minutes (add additional time for crispier bacon).

These Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies come out of the oven perfectly browned and covered in caramelized brown sugar. The cayenne adds a gentle kick and spice for the perfect balance of savory sweet flavors. These are always the first thing to disappear when I serve them at our family gatherings or potlucks. I just don’t know if anyone has any self control when it comes to bacon!

Bacon Brown Sugar Smokies


  • 1 package bacon
  • 1 package Lil’ Smokies
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cayenne pepper (more or less to taste)
  • toothpicks


  1. Slice bacon into thirds.
  2. Wrap one piece of bacon around smokie and set aside. Repeat until all smokies are wrapped.
  3. In a small dish, combine brown sugar and cayenne.
  4. Roll smokies in brown sugar to coat and transfer to prepared baking dish.
  5. Bake in 425F oven for ten minutes. Flip smokies and bake an additional ten minutes or until bacon is to preferred texture.


Smokies alternately can be wrapped and frozen until ready to use. Add additional baking time.

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