Tis the season for holidays and parties. Everyone needs that one perfect little thing to bring to those events that everyone will love and will make you look like a culinary genius. Right? I mean, not everybody is ready to whip out a batch of these. So, I will share with you my go to snack item that is ridiculously easy, but also ridiculously tasty.
What you will need:
1 package of bacon (good bacon- not the cheap stuff)
1-2 packages of Lil’ Smokies (I prefer the beef ones)
That’s it. 3 ingredients. Can’t beat that.
Preheat your oven to 325 so it can heat up while you are prepping. You will also want to cover a baking sheet (that has sides) with foil. If you don’t cover it in foil, you will be cursing yourself later.
First you will want to cut your bacon into thirds. The perfect size for wrapping around your Lil’ Smokies.
You will wrap 1 piece of bacon around each Lil’ Smoky. Now, some people would say to insert a toothpick to make sure the bacon doesn’t unwrap from the weenie, but as long as you put the seam on the bottom, you won’t have that problem. And it will save you having to toothpick a bazillion weenies. Place the weenies fairly close together- it will make the next step easier.
Now comes the really fun part. Covers those puppies in a ton of brown sugar. I don’t give you a specific amount, because you just have to use the amount that feels right to you. The more brown sugar, the more they will caramelize. It will not make them overly sweet.
Once they are smothered in brown sugar, put them in the oven for 45 minutes. Now, the trick to making your brown sugar bacon wrapped Lil’ Smokies stand out from everybody elses is to add this one little step. Once the 45 minutes are over, leave them in the oven and turn on the broiler for 5-10 minutes to get them just the right amount of crispy.
Now, see all that golden brown liquid? That is sugar that is hotter than you can imagine. Do your fingers/arms/whatever a favor, and let these cool down for a good 10-15 minutes before you do anything. It will also give them some time to soak in some of the juices. After that, throw them in a crock pot on warm and you are good to go!