These little bacon-wrapped sausages are the perfect balance of sweet and savory. I jazz these up a bit with a sprinkle of dried Rosemary that compliments the sweet and salty flavors perfectly. These appetizers can be made Keto and low carb or made with regular brown sugar for the non-dieters in your family.
Brown Sugar Glazed Little Smokies
These little smokies wrapped in bacon have been one of my favorite appetizers ever since I was a kid! Smoked sausages wrapped in crispy bacon smothered in sticky brown sugar.
This an easy recipe for parties!
This recipe is definitely an indulgence with all the bacon and the sausages then add on that sweet sticky brown sugar glaze and that just takes it over the top.
I’ve added my own touch by using a low-carb brown sugar alternative and some dry Rosemary, which I believe makes them absolutely perfect.
How To Make Smokies With Bacon
You’ll be happy to know this recipe is super simple and the hardest part is having the patience to carefully wrap each one of the little sausages, lol.
Here’s all you have to do:
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap each smokie. Place all the wrapped smokies in a single layer on a baking sheet. For easier clean up use a liner like a parchment paper or foil. I like to use my silicone mats.
- Then cover all the little bacon-wrapped smokies with low-carb brown sugar or just regular brown sugar if you are not watching carbs.
- After adding the sugar, cover, and chill in the fridge for an hour or so if you can. They can be cooked right away if you wish, but they come out 10 times better if you wait!
- Place them in the preheated oven, and bake them for about 15-20 minutes, and then turn the heat up to 400F for about 5 minutes if you want the bacon to be crispier.
Can These Brown Sugar Glazed Smokies Be Made Ahead?
Absolutely! You may have already noticed in the baking directions these can be made up and baked right away if you are in a hurry, but they are even better made in advance!
When I’m not in a hurry I like to make these the night before I plan on baking them. I prepare them up to the point where I cover them with brown sugar.
Next, I wrap the baking sheet in aluminum foil and place it in the fridge to chill overnight.
One to two hours of chilling is perfect but if you are looking to save time and get the best outcome make them ahead.
How Can I Make These Keto or Low Carb?
These little appetizers can be made Keto and Low Carb easily. This can be achieved simply by using one of the brown sugar alternatives below. I’ve tried them all and they are delicious.
Don’t like any of these choices? Feel free to use your favorite Keto-friendly brown sugar and enjoy!
Tips and Trips For Makings This Recipe
- Easy Clean-Up – Trust me, you’ll want to make sure you take the extra time to line the baking sheet with some heavy-duty foil, a nice thick parchment paper, or use a silicon mat as I do. When sugars caramelize, they can be a headache to get off the baking sheet or pan you use. Save yourself time and all that scrubbing!
- Choosing The Sausages I like to use the Hillshire Farms brand, and either the pork or beef variety but you can use any of their options or simply choose your favorite store brand. I find that the best price on these is usually at my local Sam’s Club and it is a larger pack.
- Bacon Options – I like to use the thinner sliced bacon for these that way it will cook faster in the oven and the little sausage won’t dry out in the process. If you choose center-cut bacon for this recipe, just know that there will be “meat” and fewer fatty parts on the bacon. I like the hickory smoked bacon but if you don’t mind the added sugars or additional flavor you could go with a maple flavored bacon. Just make sure you get a quality one that will bake up nicely.
- Don’t Skip The Rosemary – I know, I know, Rosemary is a strong herb and it isn’t typically used on these little bacon-wrapped wieners but trust me here. The addition of the dried Rosemary really gives this appetizer a kick. Of course, if you are totally against it just leave it off, but that’s just sad, ha.
- Switch Up The Flavors – let’s say for some reason you are not a fan of brown sugar or you just want to try these little bacon-wrapped packages a different way. You could totally use your favorite sugar-free BBQ sauce on them for another delicious option. Or if you want to branch out more try this delicious Keto Teriyaki Sauce.
Want More Appetizer Recipes?
If you like this recipe and want to find more low-carb appetizer recipes then check out these fantastic recipes here on my blog.
- Warm Sausage Pinwheels
- Rueben Dip
- Spinach Artichoke Dip with Bacon
- Olive and Feta Pinwheels
- Caramelize Onion Dip
These delicious bacon-wrapped sausages are a great holiday indulgence or a perfect party appetizer. Need them Keto Friendly? Use your favorite brown sugar alternative.
- 1 3/4 pounds of Little Smokies
- 20 ounces of think sliced bacon
- 1 cup of Sukrin Gold (or brown sugar of choice)
- 1 Tablespoon of dry Rosemary
- toothpicks for each sausage
- Start by slicing the bacon into smaller pieces. You want these small but large enough to wrap completely around each little smokie.
- Next, wrap each little smoke sausage in bacon one by one. Inserting a toothpick into each one to secure the bacon.
- Lay the wrapped sausages onto a baking sheet that has been lined with parchment paper or a silicone baking mat.
- Next, cover the little sausages with the brown sugar of your choice. Just make sure they all have some brown sugar on them.
- These can be baked right away if needed, but they are so much better if you wrap them and then let them set in the fridge for an hour or two if possible before baking. They are great made the night before then baked when needed.
- Place the baking sheet into the oven that has been preheated to 350 degrees. Bake for 25-30 minutes.
- You don't want these to burn, so watch them carefully. The key is to cook them enough to thoroughly cook the bacon but not burn your sugar of choice.
- Once cooked remove them from the oven and let them cool slightly beore enjoying them.
Check out the blog post for lots of great tips and tricks for this recipe. Nutrition and carb count will all depend on the brands and sweetener you choose to use.
Serving Size5 wrapped smokies
Amount Per ServingCalories 379Total Fat 31.3gCholesterol 77mgSodium 1237mgCarbohydrates 5gNet Carbohydrates 2.5gFiber .gSugar .5gSugar Alcohols 2.5gProtein 19.8g
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