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Bacon-Wrapped Mini Hotdog Appetizers

Bacon-wrapped mini hotdog appetizers – easy to make, but long on crowd appeal, with sweet crispy bacon wrapped around a lil smokie, always a crowd favorite. 

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bacon-wrapped lil smokies

Every time I make these bacon-wrapped mini hotdog appetizers, they disappear off the plate. I end up wishing I made more. Last time I made them for a party, I made double the amount I usually make, thinking it would be nice to have some leftovers. No such luck, they all disappeared, and Farmer Fred was disappointed to learn his favorite appetizer was gone. I have come to the conclusion that this is one appetizer that will never become leftovers. It is that good!!!  

Planning a party?  Serve them with some Fried Mac and Cheese Triangles or Fried Lasagna

bacon and hotdogs
bacon wrapped hot dogs
bacon wrapped mini hotdog appetizers

How To Make these Mini Hot Dog Appetizers. 

These appetizers are so quick and straightforward to make. Start by wrapping the Lil smokies in 1/4 of a piece of bacon. Secure the bacon to the dog with a toothpick. Shake them up with brown sugar, then drizzle with some real maple syrup. Bake these little pups until they are browned and crispy. Watch them fly or maybe roll off the serving plate.  

mini hotdog appetizers

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bacon-wrapped lil smokies

Bacon Wrapped Mini Hot Dog Appetizers

Bacon-wrapped mini hotdog appetizers. These Lil smokies are wrapped in bacon, rolled in brown sugar, drizzled with maple syrup and baked until crispy. YUM!
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: mini hotdog appetizers
Servings: 12
Calories: 475kcal


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  • 48 Lil smokies
  • 12 bacon pieces
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tbsp maple syrup


  • Preheat oven to 400°F
  • Cut each piece of bacon into 4 pieces.
    bacon and hotdogs
  • wrap each Lil smokie with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick
    bacon wrapped hot dogs
  • Put the brown sugar in a ziplock quart bag. Add the bacon-wrapped Lil smokies a few at a time to the bag and gently shake to coat with the brown sugar.
    bacon wrapped mini hotdog appetizers
  • Place each bacon-wrapped Lil smokie on a parchment-lined baking sheet.
  • Drizzle with the real maple syrup.
  • Bake at 400°F until the bacon on the mini hotdogs is crispy and browned. About 10 minutes.
    bacon-wrapped lil smokies



Cocktail franks or other mini hotdogs can be substituted for the Lil smokies. 
Want to spice up the recipe, add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne pepper to the brown sugar.


Serving: 4hotdogs | Calories: 475kcal | Carbohydrates: 40g | Protein: 20g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 82mg | Sodium: 1263mg | Potassium: 276mg | Sugar: 6g | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 51mg | Iron: 4mg
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  1. Anonymous

    5 stars
    These are my favorite little appetizers!

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