Maple and Brown Sugar Bacon-Wrapped Hot Dogs

Bacon Wrapped Hot Dogs With Maple and Brown Sugar
Diana Rattray
Ratings (17)
  • Total: 110 mins
  • Prep: 20 mins
  • Cook: 90 mins
  • Yield: 45 servings

 A delicious, tangy maple and brown sugar sauce glazes these easy bite-size bacon wrapped cocktail franks. The mini hot dogs (or Lit'l Smokies) are baked with a bacon wrapping and then they're combined with the delicious sauce. Simmer or heat them in the slow cooker and serve them hot. 

These make a delicious appetizer for a game day gathering or holiday party.


  • 1 package mini cocktail franks or mini "Lit'l Smokies" (or cut standard size hot dogs into thirds or fourths)
  • 1 pound thick sliced bacon (about 15 strips of bacon)
  • 1/2 cup brown sugar (packed)
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 1 heaping tablespoon Dijon mustard (or a similar gourmet mustard)
  • 1 teaspoon chili paste (sambal) (or sriracha, or to taste, optional)
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Steps to Make It

  1. Heat the oven to  400 F (200 C/Gas 6). Line a rimmed baking sheet (jelly roll pan) with foil.

  2. Take the mini hot dogs or smokies out of the package and spread them out on a work surface. Blot with paper towels. If you're using standard size hot dogs, slice each one crosswise into 3 or 4 pieces.

  3. Remove several strips of bacon from the package and cut into thirds with scissors or a knife.

  4. Wrap each little hot dog in a piece of bacon and secure with toothpicks. Arrange the wrapped hot dogs in the prepared baking pan.

  5. Bake for about 25 to 30 minutes, until browned.

  6. Meanwhile, in a saucepan, combine the brown sugar, maple syrup, mustard, chili paste, if using, and the ground black pepper. Bring the mixture to a boil over medium heat, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and set aside.

  7. Remove the bacon wrapped hot dogs from the oven and transfer to a slow cooker. Pour the brown sugar sauce mixture over the hot dogs. Cover and cook on LOW for about 1 hour or on HIGH for about 30 to 45 minutes.

  8. Serve them hot from the slow cooker. You may also heat the hot dogs with the sauce in a saucepan (low heat) on the stovetop for about 15 minutes. You just want them hot and bubbly and nicely glazed.