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EASY Bacon Wrapped Smokies with BBQ Sauce

No appetizer table is complete without some delicious bacon wrapped smokies with bbq sauce. These little bite sized hot dogs are savory and a little sweet with an added sprinkle of brown sugar.

This easy recipe is the perfect appetizer for a game day spread or cocktail party whenever you need something easy and quick.

bbq bacon smoked sausage appetizer

Every year, my family declares SuperBowl Sunday as “appetizer day” and it’s one of my favorite days of the year!

Some of our other favorites are air-fyer pigs in a blanket, buffalo chicken crescent rolls, and Bisquick sausage balls. Mercy!

What I Love about BBQ Bacon Little Smokies

  • Easy to make
  • Sweet and Savory
  • Warm appetizer
  • Crowd-pleasing snack
  • Finger food

Ingredients Needed

This is such a great appetizer because you only need 4 simple ingredients. And everyone loves them! That’s a winning combination if you ask me.

bacon wrapped smoked sausage ingredients

Here’s what you need:

  • 1 package mini sausages (I like Hilshire Farm Lit’l Smokies)
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce
  • Optional – 1 TBSP butter if you want a brown sugar mixture with a little added richness

How to Make Them

The term bacon-wrapped smokies doesn’t leave much guesswork, but I am sharing the visual process below if that is helpful. You can see the full printable instructions on the recipe card at the end of this post.

To get started, preheat oven to 375°F.

Cut your bacon slices into thirds. You’ll need as many pieces of bacon as you have lil smokies.

Wrap each small sausage with a slice of bacon and place it in an oven safe baking dish or baking sheet.

wrap sausages in strips of bacon

Be sure to arrange in a single layer.

Sprinkle brown sugar on top of all the bacon wrapped little smokies, pressing the sugar into the top of the bacon.

Note: if adding butter, use a fork to cut in cold butter and brown sugar until mixed. The mixture will still be crumbly.

place smokies in baking dish and top with brown sugar

Bake for 15 minutes and remove the pan from the oven. Check each piece of bacon to be sure it’s fully cooked. Then brush tops with your favorite BBQ sauce.

brush with bbq sauce

Return the pan to the oven and bake for an additional 10-12 minutes.

Cool slightly before serving and enjoy!

Tips and Tricks

This little smokies recipe is such a classic and I love how delicious it is for being so simple.

  • Transfer cooked bacon-wrapped little smokies to a slow cooker to keep warm at a party.
  • Reheat using an air fryer or microwave.
  • Add a tooth pick to each smokey sausage if serving on a platter or place nearby for easy snacking.
  • Add a little bit of liquid smoke with your barbecue sauce to enhance the smoky flavor.
  • Spice it up with a sprinkle of cayenne pepper in with the brown sugar.
bacon smokies appetizer on a white plate

How to Store

Keep any leftovers in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days.

Reheat using your favorite method.

Print the Recipe

Lil’ smokies are one of my favorite recipes for Christmas Eve, holiday parties, watching football, or a work potluck. I hope you love this family favorite!

bbq bacon smokies recipe

Bacon Wrapped Sausages with BBQ Sauce

Andrea Updyke
This easy appetizer recipe is savory and a little sweet with an added sprinkle of brown sugar. They will go fast!
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Be sure to check out my tips and tricks in the post. Scroll up to read!

Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 25 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 36 sausages
Calories 73 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • 14 ounce package little smokies
  • 12 slices bacon cut into thirds
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/3 cup BBQ sauce

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 375°F.
  • Slice bacon into thirds.
  • Wrap each sausage with a piece of bacon and place it in a baking dish.
  • Sprinkle the brown sugar over the top of all the sausages, pressing into the top of the bacon pieces.
  • Bake for 15 minutes, then remove the pan from the oven. Check to be sure bacon is fully cooked, then brush with BBQ sauce.
  • Return the pan to the oven and cook for an additional 10 minutes.
  • Allow to cool slightly before serving and enjoy!

Notes

Refrigerate leftovers in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Nutrition

Serving: 1sausageCalories: 73kcalCarbohydrates: 3gProtein: 2gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 12mgSodium: 203mgPotassium: 37mgSugar: 2gVitamin A: 3IUCalcium: 3mgIron: 0.2mg

Nutrition information is estimated. For the most accurate info, always doublecheck with your ingredients.

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