Candied Bacon Pigs


If you have seen recipes for little smokies wrapped in bacon, this recipe takes it a couple steps further. It's totally worth the extra work and always gobbled up quickly!

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
4 hrs 40 mins
Total Time:
5 hrs
10 servings


  • 1 (14 ounce) package little smokie sausages

  • 1 pound bacon slices, cut into thirds crosswise

  • 1 ½ cups brown sugar, divided

  • ½ (12 fluid ounce) can cola-flavored carbonated beverage

  • ½ teaspoon Chinese five-spice powder

  • 1 dash hot pepper sauce, or to taste (Optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 325 degrees F (165 degrees C).

  2. Wrap each little sausage with 1/3 slice of bacon, and secure them with toothpicks.

  3. Place the appetizers on a large baking sheet and sprinkle with 3/4 cup of brown sugar.

  4. Bake in the preheated oven until the sugar is melted and bubbling, about 40 minutes; turn the appetizers after 20 minutes.

  5. Remove the appetizers from the baking sheet with a slotted spoon, and place into a slow cooker. Sprinkle the remaining 3/4 cup of brown sugar and the five-spice powder over the smokies, and drizzle with the cola. If desired, add hot sauce to taste.

  6. Set the cooker to High, and cook 4 hours. Serve warm.

Cook's Note

One package of smokies is good size for about 10 to 15 people. You might want to double recipe for larger groups.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

291 Calories
17g Fat
24g Carbs
11g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 10
Calories 291
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 6g 29%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 752mg 33%
Total Carbohydrate 24g 9%
Total Sugars 24g
Protein 11g
Vitamin C 0mg 1%
Calcium 25mg 2%
Iron 1mg 5%
Potassium 185mg 4%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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