Cranberry Bacon Smokies are a perfect appetizer or finger food that’s made with smoked bacon, cranberry sauce and orange. Ready in 20 minutes.
Tailgating parties, Sunday football, family celebrations and parties, you name it, requires an out-of-this-world appetizer to serve to family and friends.
Of course, we all have our favorite go-to recipes that can be whipped up in just minutes for ease of entertaining.
That’s this recipe: Cranberry Bacon Smokies.
You’ve probably heard the adage: “Everything’s better with bacon,” and I’d have to agree. Especially when it’s wrapped around smokies–little cocktail frankfurters.
And, when you top them with a cranberry orange–yes, you heard right, cranberry and orange marinade sauce, you’ve got something to cheer about.
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Like most bacon-wrapped recipes, you need to start with a good quality bacon. I get mine from Nueske’s. It’s the Market Style version that’s a little thicker than the pre-packaged kind.
What I like about this type of bacon is that it cooks perfectly and has a wonderful smoky taste that is reminiscent of old-time smokehouses. If you cannot get this type of bacon, try to buy thicker cut bacon.
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The reason why you want to cut the skewers on an angle is so that it’ll pierce through the many layers of bacon and smokie with ease.
Cooking Tip: Be sure to have a bowl or plate for folks to discard their used skewers.
How to make Cranberry Bacon Smokies Recipe
Start by cutting your bacon slices into fourths. This should be enough bacon to wrap your smokies with one layer. Skewer from the top to the bottom.
Cooking Tip: I like using my Silpat because it’s environmentally friendly and I can use it for a variety of recipes, again and again.
You can see I was able to get the whole package of smokies (approximately 40 count) on one backing sheet. This is enough for eight servings, about five Cranberry Wrapped Smokies per person.
Cooking Tip: If you are hosting a crowd, be sure to make up a bunch of trays with these wrapped smokies. Bake as needed. Serve hot.
While the smokies are baking, make up the cranberry marinade and dipping sauce. To jellied cranberry sauce, add the zest of one orange and the juice of one-half an orange. Don’t forget the Worchesteshire sauce! Heat through until smooth.
When the bacon-wrapped smokies are just about finished, brush on this marinade and bake for about two more minutes. Place the reserve sauce in a bowl for dipping later.
After about 20-25 minutes or so, the smokies come out of the oven with a beautiful cranberry glaze. You could eat them now but it’s even better if you dip them once more in the cranberry-orange sauce.
Serve ’em up hot and enjoy!
For more ideas for appetizers and finger foods, be sure to check out Wisconsin Homemaker’s Recipe Section.
And, for more delicious appetizer ideas, be sure to check out these recipes:
- Spicy Cranberry Cocktail Meatballs
- Cheesy Artichoke Dip
- Restaurant-Style Beef Nachos
- Bruschetta and Crostini Recipes
- Pepperoni Pizza Puffs
Cranberry Bacon Smokies
- 14 oz Cranberry Sauce
- 1 tsp worchestster sauce
- 10 slices bacon
- zest and juice of one 1/2 orange
- 1 package of smokies approx 40
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
- Cut bacon strips width-wise to easily wrap around smokies. Secure with a bamboo skewer and place on a parchment/Silpat lined baking sheet.
- In a small saucepan, add the rest of the ingredients. Cook on medium heat until cranberry sauce has “melted” and warmed.
- Remove 1/3 of the sauce, then using a pastry brush, brush sauce on bacon-wrapped smokies.
- Place in oven and bake until bacon is crisp and glazed.
- Half-way through baking, brush on more sauce.
- Finish baking and serve hot with reserved cranberry sauce. Use this for dipping. Enjoy!