Brown Sugar Smokies

Here’s another of our family recipes, though I think every family has probably tried some version of this delightful indulgence. Brown Sugar Smokies is the sixteenth of my 25 Appetizers of Christmas.

Ingredients

  • 1 pound bacon
  • 1 (16 ounce) package Little Smokies
  • 1 cup brown sugar

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
  2. Cut each slice of bacon into thirds.
  3. Wrap ⅓ of a strip of bacon around a Little Smokies, securing with a wooden toothpick.
  4. Arrange the bacon-wrapped Smokies on a baking sheet.
  5. Sprinkle the sausages with brown sugar.
  6. Bake until bacon is crisp and the brown sugar melted.

Variations

  • Be sure to secure your bacon with wooden toothpicks, as plastic toothpicks may melt in the oven. Metal skewers will work as well.

Kielbasa Appetizers

Here’s a recipe from the Allrecipes.com site (original here) that takes regular kielbasa to the next level. Kielbasa is the fifthteenth of my 25 Appetizers of Christmas.

Ingredients

  • 18 fluid ounces beer
  • 1 (18-ounce) bottle barbecue sauce
  • ½ cup brown sugar
  • ¼ cup Dijon mustard
  • 2 pounds kielbasa (Polish) sausage, cut into 1/2 inch pieces

Directions

  1. Combine the beer, barbecue sauce, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard in a large skillet over medium heat.
  2. Bring to a boil, stirring occasionally; reduce heat to low and add the kielbasa.
  3. Simmer until kielbasa is browned and glazed, about 1 hour.

Variations

  • Choose the sausage that your family prefers. Little Smokies would work well in this recipe also.
  • You could easily let this continue cooking in a crockpot, rather than on the stove.