Brown sugar bacon-wrapped smokies make for the tastiest appetizer

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Struggling to come up with an appetizer idea for your next dinner party? Look no further than this delicious recipe for bacon-wrapped smokies with a brown sugar glaze.

This simple recipe takes only 10 minutes to prep, which leaves you with more time to talk to your guests and actually enjoy your soiree rather than being trapped in the kitchen. You can even make them ahead of time and then keep them warm in a slow-cooker or a buffet warmer.

All you have to do is buy small, pre-cooked sausages and wrap them in uncooked bacon. After securing the sausage and bacon with a toothpick, pour a brown sugar glaze over the lil’ smokies and bake them in the oven. It’s that easy!

So what exactly goes into that yummy glaze? Over at The Chunky Chef, the brown sugar glaze is given a little heat with the help of cayenne pepper and a pinch of black pepper. But if you’re making this app for kids and want to make sure it’s not too spicy, you can also simply omit the pepper and follow the original recipe on Hillshire Farm.

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Southern Living skips the heat and instead gives their smokies a sweeter taste by adding maple syrup along with the brown sugar. The result: an appetizer packed with a ton of flavor. It’s also perfect for adult and kids alike. After all, who doesn’t love bacon?

You can even make a dipping sauce to go with your lil’ smokies. Over at Divas Can Cook, they make a flavorful dip with nothing more than ketchup and mayo (and a few dashes of hot sauce, if you so desire).

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Not in a bacon mood? Try this recipe for honey garlic lil’ smokies from The Blond Cook. She makes a glaze with ketchup, soy sauce, honey, brown sugar and sriracha. You end up with a sweet-and-spicy concoction that you can prep in a slow cooker. With its flavorful taste, it makes the perfect addition to any feast.

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How will you make these lil’ smokies your own?

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