These easy to make bacon wrapped sausage appetizers are fun to eat and taste great! You can use any type of link or rope sausage with this recipe. Smoked kielbasa and beef hot links are a couple of my favorites.
You can get creative by adding other ingredients under the brown sugar topping, and put together an assortment of tempting appetizers that'll be the hit of any party.
Rope sausages and links sausages, like Polish sausage, kielbasa, and brats are sliced into one inch sections, and Lit'l Smokies are the perfect size - no slicing required.
The sausage slices or Smokies are combined with any of several other ingredients, wrapped with bacon and grilled until the bacon begins to crisp.
Slice Polish sausage, kielbasa or a few brats into one inch lengths and wrap with bacon, using a toothpick to secure. This will create a little cup into which you add about 1/4 teaspoon of brown sugar.
Drop a pinch of coarse ground black pepper or red pepper flakes onto the brown sugar and grill with indirect heat for about 10 minutes, and then cook over direct heat until the bacon browns and and gets crispy. Serve immediately.
These little babies can also be cooked in your smoker alongside whatever you're cooking. The bacon won't get crispy as it would if they were grilled, and cooking time will be longer, but they'll still have great flavor.
For variety, fill the tops of the bacon wrapped sausages with mozzarella or Monterrey jack cheese instead of brown sugar.
Layer a few chopped mushrooms, diced red or green bell peppers, minced onions or sliced olives (green or black) over or under the cheese. Grill or smoke as usual.
The range of toppings used with this recipe are limited only by your imagination. Pretty much anything goes if you think the flavor pairs well with bacon and sausage.
How do smoky bacon wrapped sausage disks topped with ricotta cheese and jalapeno pepper slices sound?
Instead of using sections of rope sausage or bratwurst, whole sausages can be bacon-wrapped to be served as snacks or appetizers, or as sandwich material. It all depends on the type of sausage you use.
Lit'l Smokies sausages are perfectly bite sized morsels. When wrapped with bacon there might just be enough for two bites! Simply wrap each of the Smokies with a half-slice of bacon and secure it in place with a toothpick.
For variety you can include a small strip of sweet or hot pepper (or other veggie) by wrapping both the veggie and the sausage within the bacon. Easier yet, just push it onto the toothpick with the wrapped sausage, kabob-style.
To make some satisfying sandwiches, wrap whole link sausages each with a couple slices of bacon.
Use brats, mild or hot Italian sausages or even good quality hot dogs, grilling until the bacon starts to crisp. Pop 'em into a bun, top with your favorite condiments for a really enjoyable meal.