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Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

Want to know the BEST appetizer to bring to a party? It’s these Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies! They require only a few ingredients and minimal prep work! 

bacon wrapped little smokies on foil-lined baking tray

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies Recipe

I feel almost wrong posting this “recipe” for bacon-wrapped little smokies. For one thing, it’s just basically mini hot dogs. (I happen to love hot dogs by the way. Don’t knock them). And for another thing it’s just bacon, brown sugar, and chili powder. That’s barely a recipe, but in case you’ve never had little smokies with bacon I’m bringing it to the blog because as simple as they are they are also so yummy and addicting.

Stick a little platter of these babies in front of a bunch of people for the Super Bowl or any other game, and I guarantee they will be gone in seconds! And while everyone loves them, my hot dog loving kiddos won’t touch the mini hot dogs. What. The. Heck? What kid doesn’t like mini hot dogs?

Anyway, that’s not the point, the point is that you can totally bust out these bacon-wrapped little smokies and everyone will be dying to know the recipe without a clue that it’s just brown sugar and chili powder. Which is awesome. I love when people think I worked harder than I did.

bacon wrapped little smokies on foil-lined baking tray

Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies Ingredients

To make this easy party appetizer, you’ll need:

  • Bacon
  • Mini hot dogs
  • Brown sugar
  • Chili powder

How to Make Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

These little smokies wrapped in bacon truly are the best appetizer to bring to a party! They’re so simple to make. Here’s how I make a batch of bacon-wrapped little smokies: 

  1. Wrap each mini hot dog with bacon. 
  2. Dredge the bacon-wrapped hot dogs through a mixture of brown sugar and chili powder. 
  3. Bake until the hot dogs are heated through and the bacon is crisp to your liking. 

What Type of Bacon Should I Use? 

For these little smokies wrapped in bacon recipe, we prefer using thin-cut bacon. You can use any variety of bacon you’d like, but we typically stick to pork bacon. 

Can I Prep Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies in Advance? 

If desired, you can wrap the mini hot dogs in bacon and set the baking tray in the fridge until you’re ready to bake them off. 

bacon wrapped little smokies on foil-lined baking tray

Tips for Making Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

You’re welcome to use pork or beef mini hot dogs. And if you can’t find mini hot dogs, buy regular sized hot dogs and cut them into thirds for this recipe. 

If there’s any of the brown sugar mixture left over after you’ve rolled all the bacon-wrapped little smokies in it, sprinkle it on top of the little smokies before they go into the oven. You want to use up all the sugar! 

Don’t forget to line your baking tray with aluminum foil before placing the little smokies with bacon on top. It makes clean up a breeze! 


Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

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Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies

5 from 1 vote
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Want to know the BEST appetizer to bring to a party? It's these Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies! They require only a few ingredients and minimal prep work! 


  • 1 Pound Bacon , cut into 2-inch pieces
  • 1 Package Beef or Pork Little Smokies 14oz
  • 1 Cup Brown Sugar
  • 1 1/2 Tablespoons Chili Powder


  • Heat the oven to 350 degrees F.
  • Wrap the bacon around each mini hot dog.
  • In a small bowl, mix the brown sugar and chili powder.
  • Roll each smoky in the brown sugar mixture and place on a foil-lined baking sheet. If brown sugar remains, roll the hot dogs a little more.
  • Bake for 35-40 minutes.
  • Serve immediately.


to reheat, cover with foil and place in a hot oven for 10 minutes
Nutrition Facts
Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies
Amount Per Serving (1 g)
Calories 374
% Daily Value*
Cholesterol 68.7mg23%
Carbohydrates 19.3g6%
Fiber 0.5g2%
Sugar 18.3g20%
Protein 18.1g36%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Want to know the BEST appetizer to bring to a party? It's these Bacon-Wrapped Little Smokies! They require only a few ingredients and minimal prep work! 

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  • Do you recommend thin or thick sliced bacon for tbis recipe? Thanks!

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    • Hi Susan, usually we love thick sliced bacon but this recipe does better with thin as it holds to the smokies easier.

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  • Embarassingly easy recipes are my favorite recipes… and with the bacon, btown sugar, and chili powder, I bet these are PACKED with flavor! Yum! 🙂

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  • These look perfect for the big game party! I’m sure there won’t be a single one left.

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  • Oh god.. these little smokies just look so incredibly moorish and addictive. If I was to create the recipe – they definitely would not last for very long!

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  • My husband with love these and I know I will too!!
    When we have the family over for Christmas or Thanksgiving dinner my husband always wants to serve little smokies heated in the crock pot with red current jelly & yellow mustard. It is a recipe from Sunset I believe. This beats it! He is going to love this recipe!

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    • Oh good ol’ sunset! I used to love reading Sunset! Enjoy!

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