Sunday, December 20, 2009

Beefy Bacon Delights

Last night we went to Steve's aunt Teri and uncle Gary's house for a family Christmas party. It was a potluck event, so I brought Brown Sugar Smokies. These are a hit with everyone who tries them, and we always come home with an empty Crock Pot. Yesterday was no exception.

They're definitely NOT low calorie because you start off with little sausages and bacon:


No sirree, these are not the best for trimming one's waistline. But, hey, it's the holidays! If the fatty-meat-wrapped-in-fatty-meat combination wasn't enough, you dredge them in brown sugar before baking:


They broil up to crispy, caramelized goodness and they are oh, so yummy:


Brown Sugar Smokies

1 16-oz. package beef cocktail wieners
1 pound sliced bacon, cut into thirds
1 cup brown sugar, or to taste

1/4 cup mayonnaise
1/4 cup chili sauce
1/2 cup brown sugar

Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. Wrap each cocktail wiener with a piece of bacon and secure with a toothpick. Place on a large rimmed baking sheet (lined with heavy aluminum foil, if desired, or use a disposable aluminum pan). Sprinkle brown sugar generously over all.

Bake for 30 minutes, and drain excess fat. Turn broiler on high, and broil for 10 minutes with baking sheet still on the center oven rack. Flip wieners (I like to sprinkle them with an additional 1/2 cup of brown sugar at this point), and broil other side for 10 minutes. To serve, place the wieners in a slow cooker and keep on the lowest setting.

To make dipping sauce, stir together mayonnaise, chili sauce, and brown sugar in a small bowl. Refrigerate for at least one hour before serving (several hours is best) to allow the brown sugar to dissolve and flavors to meld.

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As you can see, these take a bit of effort to prepare. They're worth it, though! (Along with the extra two and a half days you'll need to spend on the treadmill to work them off, LOL!) Guys especially seem to like them, so they'd be perfect for a Superbowl party. Happy snacking!

1 comment:

Debbie Fisher (debbiedee) said...

oh yum! from the weather reports we are going to be snowed in for Christmas. I think I will pick up the ingredients and make these.