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Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies

Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies!!  Crispy Bacon wrapped smokies are a bite-sized treat that have a brown sugar coat with a hint of spiciness!  Perfect for game-day snacks or any casual cocktail party.

Bowl of smokies Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies!!  Crispy Bacon wrapped smokies are a bite sized treat that have a brown sugar coat that has a hint of spiciness!  Perfect for game-day snacks or any casual cocktail party.

Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies are a family favorite of many people in the midwest where I grew up.  This recipe uses smokies that are so popular…. there were literally 15 recipes in an old Auxiliary cookbook that my Mom had.  They are ideal for tailgating or game day snacks!  I adapted one of the ones my Mom had submitted, made it a little bit spicier!

I’ve teamed up with several of my blogging friends and we’ve put a list together of some of our favorite game day appetizers for.   You are going to love them all but some of my favorite ones are Jessy from The Life Jolie‘s Chicken Swiss Dip,  or if you want a change on ranch dip you could try Madison from A Joyful Mad Kitchens Jalapeno ranch dip.

The list at the bottom has so many great options,…. oh wait, I almost forgot another favorite… Jenny from Honey and Birch’s Potato Chip Nachos.  I bet you have a hard time picking which ones to make too.

Points of interest on Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies!

  • Easy/Hard — they are easy to make, but they are a little bit time-consuming.  Wrapping each smokie takes a little extra time.  But they are so worth it once you eat one!
  • Time-saving trick — Use long metal skewers when making these so its a quick flip instead of using toothpicks.
  • Make-ahead?  Make these up to the point of placing them in the oven.  You can pop them in about a half-hour before you’re guests arrive.  If you do want to make them ahead for a tailgating party.  You can just place them in a foil packet to put on the grill to warm them up.

The Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies are as easy as 1-2 3. Wrap, Skewer, Sugar and Bake!

Smokies on a skewer coated in brown sugar mixture.

Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies wrapped and sugared ready to pop into the oven.

Yield: 12 svgs

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Spicy Sugar Bacon Smokies!!  Crispy Bacon wrapped smokies are a bite sized treat that have a brown sugar coat that has a hint of spiciness!  Perfect for game-day snacks or any casual cocktail party.

Crispy Bacon wrapped smokies are a bite sized treat that have a brown sugar coat that has a hint of spiciness!  Perfect for game-day snacks or any casual cocktail party.

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 50 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes

Ingredients

  • 28 ounces smokies
  • 1 pound bacon , (regular slices)
  • 3/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper, optional
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • BBQ sauce for dipping, optional

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Take the bacon and cut each piece into 3 pieces.  
  3. Wrap each smoky in bacon,  then place the wrapped smoky on a toothpick or skewer.  As you are placing the smoky on the skewer/toothpick make sure to put the tip thru the edge of the bacon to secure it easily.  
  4. Leave 1" in-between if using a skewer.  (I use a skewer for my smokies because its easy to flip them all at one time when in the oven.) 
  5. In a small bowl, mix brown sugar, cayenne and chili powder.  Then using your hands coat all sides of bacon generously.
  6. Place wire rack on top of a baking sheet.  Then place the skewer(s) on top of the wire rack.
  7. Bake for 30 minutes bacon and sugar will brown and caramelize.  Then reduce oven to 300° and flip the skewer over.  Bake for 20 mins or until the bacon is browned and crunchy.
  8. Remove from skewers and serve immediately.  Optionally, serve with BBQ sauce as a dipping sauce.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

12

Serving Size:

12 svgs

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 409Saturated Fat: 11gCholesterol: 67mgSodium: 932mgCarbohydrates: 15gSugar: 14gProtein: 13g

Chicken Swiss Dip by The Life Jolie
Creamy Pepita Dip by The Mexitalian
Traeger Pulled Pork by Or Whatever You Do
Slow Cooker Apple Cider Chicken Sliders by Cake ‘n Knife
Baked Brie Crescent Bites by The Culinary Compass
Aunt Julie’s Pepperoni Bread by Off the Eaten Path
Jalapeño Ranch Dip by A Joyfully Mad Kitchen
Corn Dip by Me and My Pink Mixer
Chorizo Stuffed Bacon Wrapped Dates by Feast + West
Bacon Wrapped Cheese Smokies by West Via Midwest
Pumpkin Pulled Pork Bowls by The Speckled Palate
Caramelized Onion Dip by Culinary Adventures with Camilla
Easy Potato Chip Nachos by Honey and Birch
Apple Pie Twists by 2 Cookin Mamas
Buffalo Cauliflower + Blue Cheese Dressing by For the Love of Food
Pigskin Cheeseball by Love & Flour

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Jules

Monday 13th of January 2020

You're so right that this is a Midwest thing! We love our smokies, and I just love this spicier version. We made these for our football game get-together and they were the first thing to disappear. I have a feeling if they aren't on our regular tailgating get-togethers that I'll have a riot!

Neli

Wednesday 27th of September 2017

Oh, this is such a great appetizer! Looks amazeballs! :) I am definitely adding it to my list with game day recipes to try! :)

Maggie Unzueta

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

Yum! I could eat a dozen of these little smokies.

Elizabeth

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

I just want to dive into these photos and start eating! This recipe totally ticks all the yum boxes!

Sophia | Veggies Don't Bite

Tuesday 26th of September 2017

I have never heard the little minnie hot dogs being called smokies! Ha! They look like a low carb way to make pigs in a blanket! Very inventive!

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