Football season is just around the corner, and that means party time! You want to make something special, but you don't have much time. Enter: Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies! This easy appetizer recipe takes less than 10 minutes to prepare, and the crock pot takes care of the rest.
Little smokies are a party food staple. They're miniature smoked sausages, usually made from pork or beef and flavored with spices like garlic and onion powder. They're great by themselves and are even better when wrapped with pieces of salty smoky bacon.
This party appetizer couldn't be easier to make! Simply wrap each sausage in a piece of bacon, then brush them with Dijon mustard. Sprinkle brown sugar and black pepper over the top and let them slowly cook until they're warm and tasty!
WHY YOU’LL LOVE THIS RECIPE
- The entire recipe is made with just five ingredients and is an easy party appetizer that can be made in advance.
- The bacon-wrapped little smokies are sweet, savory, smoky, and delicious!
- You can customize the recipe with different mustards & seasonings.
- The crock pot does all the work while you prepare other party food & drinks!
INGREDIENTS YOU’LL NEED
- Bacon - Each piece of bacon will be cut into thirds to wrap around the sausage. This gives them an additional layer of smoky, salty flavor and texture.
- Little Smokies - You can find these in the cured meat section of your grocery store. Canned sausages will work as well.
- Dijon Mustard - Helps the dry seasonings stick while adding a contrasting tangy flavor to the sausages.
- Brown Sugar - Helps caramelize the bacon and adds a sweet flavor that pairs well with the smokiness.
- Black Pepper - Adds a kick of heat and spice to this easy appetizer.
HOW TO MAKE BACON WRAPPED LITTLE SMOKIES IN THE CROCK POT
Prepare the bacon: Remove the bacon from the package and cut each strip into three even pieces.
Wrap the sausages: Take each small sausage and wrap it evenly with a piece of bacon. Place them seam-side down at the bottom of the crock pot.
Season: Brush the tops of each with Dijon mustard, then sprinkle the top with brown sugar and black pepper evenly.
Slow cook: Add the lid to the top and cook on HIGH for 4 hours. At the 2-hour mark, use tongs to rotate the sausages in the middle to the edges for even cooking.
Serve warm: Once finished, turn the crock pot to WARM for 3 hours while serving. Enjoy!
- If you can't find little smokies or small sausages, you can use your favorite hot dogs to make this recipe. Cut them into thirds or fourths, depending on their size.
- For more crispy bacon, leave the lid off during the last 15 minutes of cooking. The water will evaporate, and the bacon will get a nice crunchy texture! You can also par-cook the bacon before wrapping it.
- Ensure that you place the bacon seam side down, as the bacon will shrink while it cooks in the slow cooker.
STORING & FREEZING
Storing: If you have any leftovers, they can be stored in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 4 days.
Freezing: Bacon wrapped sausages can be frozen, but they may not taste as good after thawing. To freeze them, place the sausages on a lined baking sheet and freeze them until solid. Once frozen, transfer them to a freezer-safe bag or container for up to 2 months.
Reheating: To reheat, place the sausages in a shallow baking dish and bake at 350°F for 10 minutes or until warm.
Yes, you can wrap the sausages in bacon and season them a day before you plan to cook them. Place them in the refrigerator until ready to cook.
Yes, if you need more party appetizers, you can easily double or even triple this recipe! The cooking time will remain the same, but you may need a larger crock pot in order to fit them all.
These bacon-wrapped party appetizers are perfect for game day spreads or as party snacks! Serve them up with toothpicks and extra BBQ sauce, honey mustard, or your favorite dipping sauce.
Crock Pot Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies
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Cut bacon into thirds lengthwise. Then, tightly wrap each little smokie with one piece of bacon. Lay the wrapped sausages with the bacon seam down in a 6-quart crock pot.
Brush the Dijon mustard over the bacon-wrapped smokies.
Evenly sprinkle the brown sugar and black pepper over the sausages.
Cover and cook on high for 4 hours! Halfway through, rotate the center sausages to the outside to help them cook evenly.
Serve immediately or turn Crock Pot to warm for up to 3 hours.
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