Bacon and Maple Syrup Smoky Appetizers

Ingredients

1 package Little Smokies
1 pound package thin bacon slices
1/2 cup maple syrup
1/3 cup brown sugar

Directions

Cut bacon slices into 1/3 lengths, just long enough so they will wrap around a smokie with a little overlap for securing.

Wrap pieces of bacon around each smokie and secure ends with a toothpick – place wrapped smokies on a baking sheet.

NOTE: use a heavy duty baking sheet that won’t warp in a hot oven…if you use a lighter weight baking sheet, it will warp during baking and the sticky syrup will drip over the edges, making for a nasty clean up!

Mix together maple syrup and brown sugar; heat about 1 minute in the microwave to start sugar dissolving.

Drizzle syrup/brown sugar mixture over bacon wrapped smokies.
Bake at 425 degrees until bacon is browned nicely (but not too crisp) and syrup is caramelizing, stirring the smokies with a large spatula a couple times.

Baking usually takes about 40 minutes or so, but just watch closely.
Keep warm in a crockpot while serving.