The Pioneer Woman Tasty Kitchen
Avatar Image

Bacon-Wrapped Li’l Smokies in a Brown Sugar and Maple Glaze

4.81 Mitt(s) 11 Rating(s)11 votes, average: 4.81 out of 511 votes, average: 4.81 out of 511 votes, average: 4.81 out of 511 votes, average: 4.81 out of 511 votes, average: 4.81 out of 5

Prep:

Cook:

Level: Easy

System:

8

Description

Whatever you do, DON’T MAKE THESE! They are so addictive! It’d probably be healthier to eat an entire dinosaur leg than a handful of these. They are so good!

Ingredients

  • 1 pound Li'l Smokies
  • 12 ounces, weight Center-cut Bacon
  • FOR THE GLAZE:
  • ⅓ cups Brown Sugar
  • ¼ cups Maple Syrup (the Real Stuff)
  • 1 Tablespoon Dijon Mustard
  • A Small Pinch Of Cayenne (optional)

Preparation

Personally, I do not like to use toothpicks to keep the bacon attached to the smokies. If you prefer to use toothpicks, as many other similar recipes do, by all means do so.

Empty the smokies onto some paper towels and blot them dry. Dry smokies will allow the bacon to adhere better. Place the dried smokies in a single layer (keeping them separated) onto a small cookie sheet. Place in the freezer for 45 minutes.

While the smokies are in the freezer, cut the bacon into thirds. Separate each piece of bacon and place on a large cookie sheet in a single layer. Put the bacon in the fridge for at least 30 minutes. The well-chilled smokies and bacon will help to keep everything from getting too slippery when you wrap the smokies later.

When it is nearly time to take the smokies out of the freezer, preheat the oven to 350F. Line a rimmed sheet pan with heavy-duty aluminum foil. Make the glaze by whisking together the brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, and cayenne (if using). Whisk the mixture well to ensure that the larger pieces of brown sugar have broken up.

Wrap a piece of bacon around each smokie, pressing firmly on the final edge of the bacon to better ensure it does not spring open during baking. Try not to stretch the bacon when wrapping the sausages. Place the bacon-wrapped smokies onto the foil-lined sheet pan, seam side down. Continue with the rest of the bacon and smokies. Using a spoon, put a little bit of the thick glaze on top of each bacon-wrapped smokie, trying to coat each one evenly. You should have just enough glaze to do the entire batch.

Bake the smokies for about 35 minutes or until they are lightly brown on top. Immediately transfer the smokies to a serving plate or a slow cooker set on low to keep warm. These a very addictive. I apologize in advance.

Recipe courtesy of Cooking Ventures at http://cookingventures.blogspot.com

28 Comments

You must be logged in to post a comment.

Avatar of cs3andme

cs3andme on 1.27.2010

These are incredible! I like the bacon a little crisper, too, and usually put them under the broiler for a short period right at the end. They are always the first thing to go anyplace I take them. Thanks for sharing!!

Avatar of Ashley

Ashley on 1.15.2010

I made these for my friends college graduation party, I quadrupled the recipe and they were still the first thing gone. At first after they had been in the slow cooker awhile I was concerned people might be turned off by the pool of grease they were swimming in…nope, but I think next time I might try to cook them in the oven a little longer to try to get more of the grease out before I put them in the slow cooker.

Avatar of mantua

mantua on 12.28.2009

These were really tasty. I may bake them longer next time to see if I can get the bacon crispier. My husband loved them the way they were, but I love my bacon really really crispy. Just a personal preference, the recipe is awesome. Thanks!

Avatar of feetofclay1678

feetofclay1678 on 12.24.2009

so good, but i did make them without bacon…mostly because i thought i had bacon when i actually didnt(lol). but still so incredibly delicious(that sauce!) on its own with the glaze. definitely keeping this recipe!

Avatar of sdilley

sdilley on 12.11.2009

I made these for Thanksgiving and they were a HUGE hit! They were gone in nothing flat, with the kids asking for more. Iwill be making these over and over again as I am sure they will be a frequent request.

Thanks!

Stormy

11 Reviews

You must be logged in to post a review.

Avatar of lexaluv

lexaluv on 7.13.2012

yummy! made them to take to a party and they almost didn’t make it out my door!

Avatar of SeaofSapphires

SeaofSapphires on 1.14.2012

Best food that I’ve ever eaten. I didn’t think I would like these much, I am not even a big meat eater. But they were heaven, literally heaven. I want to kiss whomever made this recipe!

Avatar of Jaymie

Jaymie on 12.31.2011

Ah-mazing! I actually cheated and didn’t freeze, but I did dry the smokies really well. I laid the piece bacon out on a cutting board, and rolled it tight, like I was shaping a loaf of bread (if you know what I mean). Seriously addictive… but sooo not complaining!

Avatar of Drea

Drea on 4.4.2011

I have made these a few times and they always go fast! I too have trouble with the bacon crisping up but I usually put them under the broiler for a few minutes, flip them and broil for a few more minutes. Everyone loves them!

Avatar of picklediva

picklediva on 2.15.2011

I have discovered one thing about these…THEY ARE EVIL!!! When the preacher talks about sin…they are talking about these! I made these as a bacon trio alongside of Ree’s bacon crackers and bacon wrapped pineapple. These were gone in seconds, and ever since then they are the first request at work anytime the word pot-luck pops up! I have doubled and tripled the batch, but I would bet if I even quintouple the batch and the end result will be the same…gone in seconds! SO GOOD!

Related Recipes

Slow Cooker Pale Ale Corn Dip
Avatar Image by Justine Sulia (Cooking and Beer) in Appetizers
Perfect for your next game day party, this corn dip is...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 10 Level: Easy


Bruschetta
Avatar Image by Dax Phillips in Appetizers
A simple and delicious appetizer or snack that utilizes all of...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 8 Level: Easy


Italian-Style Slow Cooker Meatballs
Avatar Image by Justine Sulia (Cooking and Beer) in Appetizers
These slow cooker meatballs are perfect for a game day appetizer....
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 20 Level: Easy


Cucumber Boats with Everything Bagel Seasoning
Avatar Image by Jennifer Andrews @ Ricotta & Radishes in Appetizers
Cucumber boats topped with Greek yogurt and everything bagel seasoning---a great...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 4 Level: Easy


Watermelon Tomato Salsa
Avatar Image by Jennifer Andrews @ Ricotta & Radishes in Appetizers
A light and healthy fresh salsa made with juicy watermelon, tomato,...
0.00 Mitt(s) 0 Rating(s)0 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 50 votes, average: 0.00 out of 5

Prep: Cook:

Serves: 4 Level: Easy