Make these Bacon Wrapped Smokies for your next party or holiday. A sweet and salty appetizer that everyone will love. Make then ahead of time and bake right before serving!
Why You’ll Love These Bacon Wrapped Smokies
Not only are we excited to share these Bacon Wrapped Smokies with you, we have lots of helpful tips and details to make these appetizers look and taste their best!
However, if you’re ready to dive right into making these, just scroll down to the recipe card or click the “jump to recipe” button above the first photo.
How To Make Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
First grab a package of those fun little hot dogs we all love, little smokies. Of course, we all love the most traditional appetizer made with these mini hot dogs, Pigs in a Blanket, we’ve got you covered there too. And if you really love this bacon and hot dog combo, check out these full size Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs!
- STEP 1 – Cut the bacon strips into thirds and then wrap each piece of bacon around a hot dog. Place a toothpick through the seam (see the pictures below) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
- STEP 2 – Mix brown sugar, dry mustard and cayenne pepper together in a bowl. and then toss the little smokies in the sugar a few at a time to coat.
- STEP 3 – Place the sugar coated hot dogs back on the baking sheet and bake for 25 minutes in a 400 degree oven. The bacon will crisp up and caramelize with the brown sugar topping.
Can I Make This Appetizer Recipe Ahead Of Time?
We prefer these little smokies to be cooked right before serving, but you can prep them ahead of time to make it easy! Wrap the hot dogs in bacon and secure with toothpicks, then mix together the brown sugar rub, but don’t toss the hot dogs yet.
Place the mini hot dogs wrapped in bacon in the refrigerator. Take them out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature (about 20 minutes) then toss in the brown sugar rub and bake.
How To Reheat
The best way to reheat this hot dog appetizer is in the oven. That way the bacon will crisp up again, as opposed to microwaving which can leave the bacon soft.
Place the little smokies on a baking sheet in a 350 degree oven for just about 10 minutes until they are warned through. If heating the hot dogs in the microwave, heat for only 15-20 seconds just until they are just warm.
Can I Freeze Bacon Wrapped Smokies?
Yes, you can freeze these addicting appetizers, too. Cook the hot dogs completely per the recipe card, then let the hot dogs cool. Store in a freezer bags for up to 3 months in the freezer.
When ready to reheat, place the frozen hot dogs on a parchment lined baking sheet and bake at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
Tips For Making The Best Bacon Wrapped Smokies!
- Don’t use thick sliced bacon: Thick sliced bacon will take too long to get crispy in the oven, so just use a regular slice bacon for this recipe.
- Make sure the hot dogs are dry: Dry the hot dogs off very well with paper towels so the bacon doesn’t slide off when wrapping.
- Take the chill off: If making these hot dogs ahead of time, make sure to take the out of the refrigerator and let them come to room temperature before putting them into the oven. This will help the bacon to crisp up more quickly.
Looking For More Appetizer Recipes?
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- Shrimp Puffs
- BBQ Bacon Wrapped Shrimp
Bacon Wrapped Smokies are a quick and easy appetizer that everyone loves! Perfect for game days, parties and holidays!
- 14 ounce package little smokies, removed from package and dried with paper towels
- 1 pound of bacon, not thick sliced
- 3/4 cup brown sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon cayenne
- 1/2 teaspoon dry mustard
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
- Cut the bacon strips into thirds and then wrap each piece of bacon around a hot dog (you might have a few pieces of leftover bacon). Place a toothpick through the seam (see the pictures in the post) and place on a parchment lined baking sheet.
Mix the brown sugar, dry mustard and cayenne pepper together in a bowl.
- Toss the little smokies in the sugar, a few at a time, until they are well coated. Place the hot dogs back on the baking sheet and bake for 15 minutes, then rotate the pan and cook another 10 minutes until the bacon is crisp.
Store: Store cooled down, leftover hot dogs in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
Reheat: Reheat leftover hot dogs in a 350 degree oven for 10 minutes, just until warmed through. You can also reheat the hot dogs in the microwave for about 20 seconds just until they are warm.
Freeze: Freeze cooked and cooled down hot dogs in resealable freezer bags for up to 3 months. Reheat frozen hot dogs on a parchment lined baking sheet in the oven at 375 degrees for 15 minutes.
- Category: Appetizers
- Method: Oven
- Cuisine: American
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