Want a fun, yummy snack idea for movie or sport’s night? You can call this the main part of a meal but I consider it more a snack type meal. We’ve actually eaten these for dinner along with sides like fries, baby carrots and even a small salad. You may need something on the lighter side as they tend to be a little heavy with the bacon.
They can get a little greasy depending on the bacon used and the way you arrange them on your cooking sheet. I’ve made them laying in rows on an aluminum foil covered pan and on a rack on a pan which kept them up out of the grease. Either way works but my family prefers allowing them to cook in their own grease. I have to agree. The best part of these smokies is the favor you get when the bacon and brown sugar start melding together. It is seriously the best!
You can use any variety of cocktail link but I prefer Hillshire Farm’s Lit’l Smokies. I’ve used Lit’l Smokies, Beef Lit’l Smokies and Turkey Lit’l Smokies and they were all delish. I usually look for the turkey variety to save a few calories but will use either of the other two if I can’t find it. These heat up nicely, too especially in the air fryer but they’re still yummy out of the microwave. Your bacon loses most of its crispness in the microwave so try not to over heat.
Bacon and Brown Sugar Wrapped Lit'l Smokies
- 12 oz Package Hillshire Farm Beef Lit'l Smokies
- 1 cup Brown Sugar, packed
- 16 oz Package Bacon
- Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cut your entire package (cut the whole slab at one time) of bacon into 3 equal sections. You will not use the entire package so keep any extra or fry it up while these are baking. Dump your cup of packed brown sugar into a medium size mixing bowl. Pull a couple smokies out of the package and roll them around in the brown sugar. Take a piece of cut bacon and dunk it in the brown sugar allowing it to get a light coating on each side then roll one of your smokies in it. Set in on your foil covered pan. Repeat this process until all smokies are coated and wrapped. Sprinkle any remaining brown sugar over each smokie. Bake uncovered for 30 - 35 minutes. You can give it a couple of minutes under the broiler for some added crisp but watch closely so they don't burn. Remove from oven and allow to sit for 2 - 3 minutes then enjoy.
I hope you like these Lit’l Smokies as much as we do!