I’m having a bit of a foodie week, did you notice? First the crepes, then the pie crust, now this. It’s probably because all the people I’m making gifts for check in on this blog frequently, and I’d hate to give away their presents. Nolan’s work Christmas party was today and he signed up to bring our most favorite appetizer. We bring it out at holidays, football games, friend gatherings… really anything we can use as an excuse for eating meat wrapped in meat rolled in sugar. Sounds good, huh?
Start with little smokies, bacon, brown sugar and toothpicks. This time around I used two standard sized packs of the smokies from the grocery store, but if you’re looking to be more economical, buy the two pack at Costco. One package from it is all you need for one batch, and then you can make more the next day when you’re craving them.
Line a sheet pan with foil. It is ESSENTIAL that you use a pan with sides. Otherwise the grease will run all.over.your.oven. I’m not speaking from personal experience, but maybe my brother or someone he knows did. The foil is key if you don’t want a super nasty clean up.
To get all prepared, put a decent amount of brown sugar in a bowl (you can always add more later if you need to, but you sure can’t put the leftovers back the bag. Cut your bacon package in thirds, set out tooth picks and open your pack of smokies.
Roll your smokie in a piece of bacon.
See how one third of a bacon strip fits perfectly?
Roll your bacon wrapped smokie in brown sugar. Yes. It’s that good.
Stick a toothpick in it, but just so it goes through the whole thing. You don’t want it poking through the other side or else it won’t sit right in the pan.
Fill up that pan. This took one standard pack plus about 10 from the next one. I went until I ran out of bacon, which perfectly fills a pan. Since I needed to have these at Nolan’s work at 11:15 am, and couldn’t count on myself to get me and Jace ready and make these in time, I prepped them the night before and then put them in the fridge. Pulled them out in the morning and they went straight in the oven. So easy!
Bake them at 400 degrees for about 45 minutes until cooked through. You’ll want to see the exposed ends of smokies getting pretty dark and the bacon getting crispy around the edges.
Arrange on a platter and enjoy! These things are seriously delicious. I would suggest leaving a little cup/bowl next to them for the toothpicks.
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