Bacon-wrapped Lil’ Smokies, often affectionately known as “pigs in a blanket,” are a mouthwatering and irresistible party snack that has captured the hearts and taste buds of countless enthusiasts. This appetizer features bite-sized cocktail sausages (Lil’ Smokies) lovingly enveloped in savory strips of crispy bacon. The combination of smoky, salty bacon and the juicy, flavorful sausages creates a delightful flavor explosion that is perfect for any gathering, from casual game nights to formal celebrations.
These delectable morsels are renowned for their simplicity and the indulgent satisfaction they provide. Their small, portable size makes them a convenient and versatile choice for entertaining, and they are often served with toothpicks or skewers for easy handling. Bacon-wrapped Lil’ Smokies are not only a favorite among adults but are also adored by children, making them a universally beloved treat.
In our exploration of bacon-wrapped Lil’ Smokies, we will uncover the history and popularity of this classic appetizer, along with creative variations and flavor enhancements that can take this dish to the next level. We’ll also delve into the art of achieving the perfect bacon crispiness and sausage tenderness. Whether you’re planning a festive party or simply craving a savory indulgence, these little bundles of flavor are sure to delight your taste buds. Join us in celebrating the irresistible charm of bacon-wrapped Lil’ Smokies, where every bite is a combination of smoky, salty, and savory perfection.
- 1 pound bacon NOT thick sliced
- 14 oz little smoked sausages 1 package
- 1 cup brown sugar packed
Before You Begin
- Start with cutting the bacon into thirds. If you leave the strips any longer they will never crisp up. There may be a few pieces of bacon left over.
- You can make this ahead and bake when you are ready!
- As for the pan you use, this makes a big difference. I asked my mom how she did it and she said she uses a glass baking dish, not a foil-lined baking sheet. To clean up after, she fills the pan with hot tap water and lets it sit for a few minutes. The caramelized sugar dissolves away.
- Letting them marinate makes all the difference in flavor.
Cut the bacon into thirds.
Tightly wrap one piece of bacon around one little smokie. Place seam down in a glass 13×9 dish. Repeat with remaining little smokies.
Sprinkle evenly with brown sugar. There should be a thin layer over all the little smokies. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.
Preheat oven to 350°F. Uncover little smokies and bake for 40-50 minutes. Bacon should be crispy and sugar deeply caramelized.