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Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners (topped with brown sugar) Recipe

Bacon wrapped cocktail wieners on a plate with the words "Bacon Wrapped Cocktail Wieners Topped With Brown Sugar" digitally written on top.

I love making bacon-wrapped crackers to bring to parties. They’re so easy and a big hit any time I bring them anywhere. The only trouble with them is they cook on low for two hours. So, when I don’t have that sort of time, I make this Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners, topped with brown sugar, recipe also known as Bacon-Wrapped Smokies instead.

I made a batch of these for our New Year’s Eve party a couple years ago — and only one was left after the party. So, if you are having a lot of people over, consider making a double batch.

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners With Brown Sugar Recipe

Bacon, cocktail winers, and brown sugar.

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners With Brown Sugar Ingredients:

How To Make Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners With Brown Sugar:

Pre-heat the oven to 325 F.

Set a wire cooling rack on top of a cookie sheet.

Bacon sliced in thirds.

Cut the bacon into thirds.

Bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners on a wire rack.

Wrap a piece of bacon around a cocktail wieners and put them, cut side down, on the wire rack. Continue until you are out of bacon.

Bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners with brown sugar on top on a wire rack.

Sprinkle the brown sugar, generously, on top of the bacon-wrapped mini hot dogs.

Place the entire cookie sheet in the oven and bake about 30 minutes until the bacon is crispy.

Cooked bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners topped with brown sugar on a wire rack.

Serve warm.

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners: Frequently Asked Questions

What kind of bacon should I use for Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners?

You want a regular, run of the mill bacon for this. Thick cut bacon isn’t good because it won’t wrap, and the center cut bacon is too small. Regular bacon is just right.

And don’t buy “irregular shaped” bacon either. That won’t be uniform, obviously, and might not wrap the mini hot dogs properly.

Do I need to use light brown sugar to dark brown sugar?

The difference between light and dark brown sugar is the amount of molasses added back to it. Dark brown sugar has more, so that’s why it has a darker color.

Dark vs. light brown sugar matters in some baking recipes, but for these bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners, it doesn’t really matter.

Can I use any cocktail wieners?

Honestly, you don’t need to be particular about what cocktail wieners you use for this recipe. Every brand is pretty much the same size, so you won’t change this recipe if you change the brand you use.

The only thing I wouldn’t do is try to buy full-sized hot dogs and then cut them smaller to make this recipe. You can if you really have to, but you may end up needing more than one package of bacon.

Can I use white sugar?

White sugar has no molasses added back into it. That’s why white sugar is more granulated than brown sugar. White sugar doesn’t have the extra moisture the molasses adds.

If you don’t have any brown sugar, you can make it by combining 1 cup of white sugar and 1 tablespoon of molasses.

If you don’t have molasses handy (and honestly, does anyone?), I would advice you head out and buy some brown sugar. This recipe won’t taste right with white sugar on top of the bacon.

Do I need to use a wire cooling rack?

Don’t skip the wire cooling rack. When bacon cooks, it leaves a lot of grease behind. If you cook these on the cookie sheet only, the grease will accumulate and either potentially ignite or just burn the hot dogs.

If you use a wire cooling rack, the grease will drip off the bacon and will accumulate on the cookie sheet, which is a lot safer and tastier.

Lining the cookie sheet with a piece of foil will save you a lot of time cleaning. The bacon grease will drip on to the foil. Then, all you’ll need to do is wait for the bacon grease to cool, then you can ball up the foil and throw it in the garbage.

How to store Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners:

We never have leftovers of these. As I mentioned above, the last time I made these for New Year’s, we had one left. And one of us ate it as we were cleaning up.

But, if for some crazy reason you have leftovers, you can store leftover bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners in an air-tight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.

How to reheat Cocktail Wieners Wrapped In Bacon:

If you have an air fryer, that’s the easiest way to reheat these. Turn the air fryer to 370 and cook them until they’re heated through, about four miuntes.

If you don’t have an air fryer, you can reheat these in the oven. Set the oven to 350, put the leftover bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners on a foil-lined cooking sheet, and bake for about 15 minutes.

If you don’t feel like waiting, you can just put these in the microwave and heat them on high for about 90 seconds, although that would be my last option because you might lose the shape of the bacon that way and it could fall off your cocktail wieners.

Can you make Slow Cooker Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners?

You can make slow cooker bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners, but those use a lot more brown sugar than the oven cooked bacon-wrapped cocktail wieners.

What you’ll want to do is sprinkle 3/4 cup brown sugar on the bottom of the slow cooker. Wrap the cocktail wieners in bacon, as above, then put them on top of the brown sugar in the slow cooker. Finally, pour an additional 3/4 cup brown sugar on top of the cocktail wieners.

Cook on high for 3 to 3.5 hours until the bacon is cooked through.

Check them about halfway through the cooking to assure that they are cooking evenly.

Are Bacon-Wrapped Smokies Keto-friendly?

First things first, I wouldn’t consider Bacon-Wrapped Smokies a diet recipe. There’s bacon. And hot dogs. And sugar.

But, bacon is actually a keto-friendly food because there is only 0.1 g carbs in a slice of bacon. And these are only using 1/3 of a slice per mini hot dog.

There’s 0.3 g of carbs in a cocktail wiener, according to

And since you’re only using a sprinkle of brown sugar per cocktail wiener, the amount of carbs is negligible.

So technically, bacon-wrapped smokies are keto-friendly, but I wouldn’t consider them that great for you no matter how you’re eating.

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Yield: 48 Cocktail Wieners

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners

Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners are the perfect keto appetizer. They're also a great gluten-free snack that you can make in 30 minutes.

Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes


  • 1 package (12 pieces) bacon
  • 1 package cocktail wieners
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar


    1. Pre-heat the oven to 325 F.
    2. Set a wire rack on top of a cookie sheet.
    3. Cut the bacon into thirds. Wrap a piece of bacon around a cocktail wieners and put them, cut side down, on the wire rack. Continue until you are out of bacon.
    4. Sprinkle the brown sugar, generously, on top of the bacon-wrapped mini hot dogs. Place the entire cookie sheet in the oven and bake about 30 minutes until the bacon is crispy.

Nutrition Information



Serving Size


Amount Per Serving Calories 11Total Fat 0gSaturated Fat 0gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 0gCholesterol 1mgSodium 13mgCarbohydrates 1gFiber 0gSugar 1gProtein 0g

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