Candied Bacon Little Smokies

Candied Bacon Lil’ Smokies have everything you want in an appetizer. These sweet, smoky, spicy and slightly salty snacks are great to serve for your next football party. They go extremely well with drinks, making them the perfect appetizer to serve on game day or during the holidays. Heck, these candied lil’ smokies are great to serve any time of the year. Lil’ smokies are also great made in the slow cooker. Toss them in a slow cooker and top with your favorite barbecue sauce.

Everything is Better with Bacon

Our motto here at Turnips 2 Tangerines is a simple one;  “Everything is Better with Bacon.” Wrap some bacon around lil’ smokies, sprinkle with a brown sugar and chili powder mixture and you have candied bacon lil’ smokies. Now if you want to step things up, serve lil’ smokies with your favorite barbecue sauce or my favorite, “real” maple syrup.

At the Lake

Here at the lake we search high and low for easy yet delicious appetizers to serve after a long day of swimming or canoeing around the lake. Nothing hits the spot better than a ‘bacon’ wrapped snack and bacon wrapped smokies are a favorite. They’re easy to prepare, don’t heat up your kitchen and most importantly, enjoyed by all.

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Candied Bacon Wrapped Lil Smokies

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  • 12 to 13 strip bacon
  • 14 ounce package little smokies, cocktail links
  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 2 to 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • barbecue sauce


  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with foil. Set aside.
  • Cut bacon strips into thirds, wrap each Lil smokie with a 1/3 slice of bacon.
  • Push a toothpick through bacon and smokies near the overlap to hold the bacon in place.
  • In a resealable bag, add brown sugar and optional chili powder.
  • Add the bacon wrapped smokies.
  • Seal bag.
  • Shake bag gently to coat each bacon wrapped smokies.
  • Arrange them on the foil lined baking sheet, arrange so they are not touching each other.
  • Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until bacon is browned and crispy.
  • Serve with your favorite barbecue sauce.
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Here is another great bacon wrapped appetizer to serve at your next gathering. Bacon Wrapped Cheese Filled Dogs. Another delicious recipe is fast and easy Marinated Chicken Shish Kebobs