Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

Day 7 of “The 12 Days of a Bacon-Wrapped Christmas brings us a bacon-wrapped ‘Lil Smokies. That’s right, the cocktail weenies you knew & loved as a kid — now wrapped in bacon and covered in carmelized brown sugar. This recipe is sure to be a hit at your New Year’s Eve party.

Start off with a whole pack of your favorite bacon and some patience. This recipe takes over an hour to complete, but is well worth the effort.

Have some brown sugar at the ready.

Cut your bacon into three sections. This is just about the perfect size for a slice of bacon to wrap around the smokies.

Get a whole pack of Beef Lil’ Smokies. Alternatively, you may use another flavor of Hillshire Farm’s Cocktail Links.

They don’t look like much now, but we’re just getting started…

Wrap each smokie in a small strip of bacon and secure the bacon to the smokie with a toothpick. Arrange the smokies on a baking sheet.

Sprinkle a good amount of brown sugar on the smokies. Try to get as much brown sugar on the bacon-wrapped smokies themselves, as this is the sugar that will carmelize onto them and taste oh so delicious.

Bake for about 45 minutes at 325 degrees. You want the brown sugar to have melted onto the smokies and be bubbling along the pan.

What you’ll end up with is a candied meat delight with an off-the-charts Smaste™ rating of 43.75. We gave these treats to about a dozen different people and the opinion was unanimous — OMG GOOD!!! Highly recommended.

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