4-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners Recipe Is a Holiday Classic by Ann Marie Patitucci

4-Ingredient Bacon-Wrapped Cocktail Wieners Recipe Is a Holiday Classic

I love making – and eating – appetizers. Most of the time I’d prefer to eat a meal of appetizers than an entrée. I also think a spread of finger foods is just perfect for a party, holiday gathering or New Year’s Eve celebration with the kids.

One of the best appetizer recipes is bacon-wrapped sausages, otherwise known as bacon-wrapped cocktail franks or smokies or Christmas pigs in a blanket. Whatever name you prefer, in my opinion, it’s the best kind of appetizer for three reasons:

  • It’s delicious.
  • It feeds many.
  • It stays warm.

The reason that the cocktail smokies stay warm is because you make them in the slow cooker! That’s also what makes this recipe so easy. If you ask my husband and sons, they’ll tell you that bacon makes everything better. Win-win! If you’ve never made pigs in a blanket before, I hope you’ll add it to your list. You won’t be disappointed! In fact, your guests may like it so much that they ask you to make it again and again!

Have guests serve themselves straight from the slow cooker in order to keep the sausages warm for a long period of time or transfer them to a serving dish.

Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 3 hours
Total Time: 3 hours and 20 minutes
Servings: 10


  • 1 package (16 ounces) cocktail wieners 
  • 12 ounces bacon
  • 1 3/4 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 tablespoon paprika

Here’s how to make it:

  1. Cut each slice of bacon into three pieces. Wrap a piece of bacon around each sausage, using a toothpick to secure the bacon to the sausage.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar and paprika.
  3. Sprinkle 1 cup of the brown sugar mix into the bottom of the slow cooker. Add the cocktail franks. Sprinkle the remaining brown sugar over the top of the sausages. 
  4. Cover and cook on high for 3 hours. During cooking, you may move the sausages around to help them cook evenly.

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Slow Cookers $20 & Up
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Elisa Schmitz
OMGoodness. So easy, and everyone loves them. I'm with you on all the appetizers. I think that's why tapas meals are my fave!
Bacon makes everything better.

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