Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!}

Recipes for Bacon Wrapped Smokies have been around for awhile. But have you tried them with jalapeno peppers? Or pineapple? Yummo!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #baconIt has been my family’s Christmas Eve tradition for the past number of years to open gifts in the afternoon while at my parents’ home in South Dakota. Then we head into town for the Christmas Eve church service, and back to their home again for an evening of all-out snacking and game playing. The smaller bites make for a fun “meal”, especially when the majority of it has been made ahead of time. All we have to do is set the food out and enjoy.

This past year, Mom made a pot of oyster stew, a tradition from her side of the family, a couple days ahead of time. She then warmed the stew in the slow cooker for our Christmas Eve buffet. There was also a bowl of her famous shrimp dip. Man, I can’t resist that stuff! And my uncle Ron brought over a great homemade salsa, bursting with fresh tomato flavor from the tomatoes he had frozen from his summer garden. There was, of course, all kinds of homemade Christmas cookies and treats. And, in the middle of it all, a slow cooker of warm bacon wrapped smokies. How could it be that I’d never had these before?!

Of course, I had to play around with this super simple recipe, and came up with a couple other avenues of supreme deliciousness. Here you go. Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!}. Let the cocktail weiner games begin!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #bacon

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

This meat on meat appetizer recipe has been around for awhile. It was quite evident after searching for about two seconds on the Internet that I was late to the game. But I’ll just be thankful that Mom gave this recipe a whirl when she did. We’ll be enjoying these for many Christmas Eves, Super Bowl parties, and miscellaneous gatherings for years to come.

Another recipe that’s great for parties and feeding a larger group? My Slow Cooker Sloppy Joes!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #baconThis appetizer comes together in rather quick fashion, especially if you have an extra set of hands to help wrap the little beef sausages with bacon. I especially like that the bulk of the preparation can be done ahead of time. Simply pop a container of bacon wrapped smokies in the refrigerator. When your guests are on their way, place the smokies on a pan, add brown sugar or jam to their tops, and slide the pan into the oven. It’s always great to have a hot appetizer or two.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #bacon

The original bacon wrapped smokies recipe calls for just three ingredients. Beef cocktail weiners (I really like the Ambassador brand of beef smokies smoked sausages, with natural casings), bacon, and brown sugar. The oven’s low heat transforms this combination into the most amazing savory + sweet little bites. In other words, bacon grease works its magic!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #bacon

I then played around with some heat, adding slices of fresh jalapeno pepper to the bacon wrapped smokies. This time I spooned on some peach jam, instead of brown sugar. It’s a winning combo that Blake and I devoured. We both agreed, though, that the next time we make these, we’ll add larger slices of jalapeno for even more hot pepper bite.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #bacon

The overall favorite for our family was definitely the bacon wrapped smokies speared with a piece of fresh pineapple. Topped with a brown sugar mixture that is simply spiced with a generous amount of chili powder and cumin, these babies are fabulously flavorful. Our sweet little Tessa couldn’t get enough!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!} - afarmgirlsdabbles.com #appetizer #smokies #bacon

The Super Bowl is right around the corner. You know you want to add these fun little appetizers to your snack buffet. Give each of these three versions a whirl and let me know your favorite. And if you come up with an awesome rendition of your own, be sure to share it with us. There’s plenty of room in Appetizer World for more bacon wrapped smokies!

Bacon Wrapped Smokies {3 ways!}

Recipes for Bacon Wrapped Smokies have been around for awhile. But have you tried them with jalapeno peppers? Or pineapple? Yummo!

Yield: 4 to 6 appetizer size servings/recipe

Prep Time:20 minutes

Cook Time:40 minutes

Total Time:1 hour

Ingredients:

for the regular bacon wrapped smokies:

  • 1  13 to 14-oz. package beef cocktail weiners
  • 1  1-lb. package bacon (regular sliced, not thick sliced), with slices cut into thirds
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar

for the bacon wrapped smokies with pineapple and spiced brown sugar:

  • 1  13 to 14-oz. package beef cocktail weiners
  • 1  1-lb. package bacon (regular sliced, not thick sliced), with slices cut into thirds
  • fresh pineapple pieces, cut approximately 1-1/4″ long x 1/2″ wide x 1/2″ thick
  • 3/4 c. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. chili powder
  • 2 tsp. cumin

for the bacon wrapped smokies with jalapeno and peach jam:

  • 1  13 to 14-oz. package beef cocktail weiners
  • 1  1-lb. package bacon (regular sliced, not thick sliced), with slices cut into thirds
  • fresh jalapeno pieces, cut approximately 1-1/4″ long x 1/2″ wide (make larger if you like more heat!)
  • peach or apricot jam

Directions:

for the regular bacon wrapped smokies:

Preheat oven to 325°.

It is easiest to wrap the weiners with cold bacon, so don’t remove bacon from the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Wrap each cocktail weiner with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet with sides and repeat until all weiners are wrapped.

Press brown sugar generously over the top of each bacon wrapped weiner. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until sugar is bubbly. Serve immediately. If desired, place the baked weiners in a slow cooker on the low heat setting, to keep them warm.

for the bacon wrapped smokies with pineapple and spiced brown sugar:

Preheat oven to 325°.

It is easiest to wrap the weiners with cold bacon, so don’t remove bacon from the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Wrap each cocktail weiner with a piece of bacon and then top with a piece of pineapple. Secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet with sides and repeat until all weiners are wrapped.

In a small bowl, stir together brown sugar, chili powder, and cumin. Press spiced brown sugar generously over the top of each bacon and pineapple wrapped weiner. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until sugar is bubbly. Serve immediately. If desired, place the baked weiners in a slow cooker on the low heat setting, to keep them warm.

for the bacon wrapped smokies with jalapeno and peach jam:

Preheat oven to 325°.

It is easiest to wrap the weiners with cold bacon, so don’t remove bacon from the refrigerator until you are ready to use it. Wrap each cocktail weiner with a piece of bacon and then top with a piece of jalapeno. Secure with a toothpick. Place on a large baking sheet with sides and repeat until all weiners are wrapped.

Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of peach jam over the top of each bacon and jalapeno wrapped weiner. Place pan in oven and bake for about 40 minutes, or until jam is bubbly. Serve immediately. If desired, place the baked weiners in a slow cooker on the low heat setting, to keep them warm.

Regular recipe from Mom’s recipe box, originally from allrecipes.com.

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