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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

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Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies taste like candy on a stick.  A favorite party or game day snack, these bite sized finger snacks will disappear as quickly as you make them! Making them in my air fryer means less clean up and shorter cooking time, which is a win-win in my book!



I’m a HUGE fan of my GoWise Air Fryer.  It’s been a dream and it cooks food so much quicker than the oven with excellent results!  When it comes to GoWise Air Fryer Recipes, these Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies with brown sugar are a family favorite!  My kids BEG me to make them and love the idea of a pig wrapped in a pig!  

Even if you don’t have a GoWise Air Fryer, you could easily make these in any air fryer machine!  If you have an air fryer, you’re probably as hooked on it as we are and can’t wait to try this appetizer recipe for your next party!  

We’ve been known to serve these at a game day party, birthday party and even baby shower.  Anywhere there will be guests, these usually make an appearance!

However if you’re a fan of Air Fryer Recipes, you should try these Air Fryer Chicken Breast, Air Fryer Brats & Air Fryer Croutons.  All are amazing and easy to make in an Air Fryer!



Are Little Smokes precooked?

Yes, little smokies are precooked.  Which means you could eat them cold.  Is eating cold little smokies a thing?  I’m not sure, but I bet there is someone out there asking if they can eat them right out of the package. 

I recommend reading the package before fully assuming anything and zapping them in the microwave for a few seconds before consuming. 

Having said that, this recipe really is one of the BEST ways to enjoy little smokies with bacon and I hope you’ll love them as much as we do!  



What Ingredients are required to make Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies?

  • Little Smokies – Though packaged precooked, you’ll want to cook these up with the rest of the ingredients to get the juices and flavors flowing! 
  • Thick Cut Bacon – You could use normal bacon, but we’ve found it’s best with thick cut bacon.  It doesn’t shrink up as much when cooking and really ads flavor! Each slice of bacon will wrap three little smokies.
  • Real Maple Syrup – There is no substitute for real maple syrup when it comes to cooking.  The syrup will add flavor and help your brown sugar stick!
  • Brown Sugar – Because of the maple syrup you could skip this step.  However the brown sugar candies the bacon making it an appetizer that almost tastes like a dessert!
  • Toothpicks – without the toothpicks your bacon will slide off during the cooking process, so don’t forget this step!



How do you make Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies?

There are three main steps to making these Air Fryer Little Smokies.  

  1. Wrap it up good!  Each slice of bacon will cover 3 cocktail wieners.  So you can either cut your bacon in thirds and wrap them, or as I do, cut your bacon as your wrapping.  Don’t skimp as your bacon will shrink a little during the cooking process.  
  2. Sugar it up!  There are two forms of sugar that we’ll be enjoying today.  Real maple syrup and brown sugar.  Both as a unique flavor and sweetness to the bacon and baby hot dog (as my 2 year old calls them).  We use both forms of sweetness turning these into more of a candied bacon little smokie.  However if you wish to use just one, that would be fine too.  
  3. Snack time!  When they come out of the Air Fryer, remove the toothpick and enjoy immediately!  



How long to cook Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies?

Traditionally Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are made in the oven and are baked somewhere between 350*F – 425*F for anywhere between 20 minutes – 40 minutes.  Each recipe is unique and the length of cooking time will affect how crispy or chewy your bacon is.  

For this recipe, I’ve focused on the Air Fryer.  I use a GoWise Air Fryer and have had great results with every recipe I’ve tried so far.  Each air fryer does cook slightly different.  So if you are using an air fryer that is NOT a GoWise Air Fryer, do a test batch first to make sure that the timing is the same for your air fryer.  

In my GoWise Air Fryer, I cook these little smokies at 340* for 6 minutes, then flip and cook for an additional 6 minutes.  If you do not flip the smokies, then you’ll have crispy bacon on one side and chewy on the other.  So flipping is necessary! 



Can I make Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies in advance?

Anyone who has ever made bacon wrapped little smokies will tell you that they are a little time consuming.  First you have to wrap and prep then you cook.  Depending on how many you wish to make, will depend on how many batches you’ll need to make.  

If you’re making these for a party, I suggest doing as much prep work as you can in advance!  This means you can wrap and sugar all your smokies before your party. 

I suggest lining them up on a cookie sheet.  Then cover the sheet with foil and refrigerate until ready to bake!  When ready, place little smokies in your air fryer making sure they do not touch and bake.  Repeat as necessary.  



Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies Variations:

  1. Skip the Brown Sugar – Simply Bacon, Maple Syrup and a Little Smokie will taste amazing!
  2. Flavored Bacon!  Using a unique flavor of bacon can add a lot of flavor to your little smokies!  Applewood, Maple or even a Jalapeno bacon would be great!  Your local butcher shop will most likely have unique flavors that your local grocery store doesn’t carry.
  3. Chili Powder – Add a little Chili Powder to your brown sugar to give these air fryer little smokes a kick!
  4. Barbecue Sauce – Instead of maple syrup, spread a little barbecue sauce on them!
  5. Pineapple – Add a piece of pineapple on top of each little smokie to add a fruity flavor similar to this Crock Pot Ham of mine!



Favorite Recipes Using Bacon:



Favorite Appetizer Recipes:

When it comes to delicious party appetizers, these Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies has become a favorite snack of ours!  They cook in less time in the Air fryer and your bacon comes out crispy!


Yield: 14 + little smokies

Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies

Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies - close up of smokies ready to eat

These Air Fryer Bacon Wrapped Little Smokies are made in a GoWise Air Fryer and are SO Quick to make! Do all your prep work ahead of time and enjoy the party with your guests!

Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Total Time 27 minutes


  • Thick cut bacon
  • Little Smokies
  • Real Maple Syrup
  • Brown Sugar
  • Toothpicks


  1. If your air fryer has two trays, an inner and outer, remove inner tray.
  2. Line outer tray with foil to collect all the drippings and make clean up easy.
  3. Place inner tray on top of foil.
  4. Spritz inner tray with cooking spray to prevent sticking.
  5. Cut each strip of bacon into thirds.
  6. Wrap bacon strip around each smokie and secure with a toothpick.
  7. Place up to 14 in your air fryer ensuring they do not touch. Make sure to place them so that the ends of the bacon are facing down.
  8. Brush real maple syrup over the top of each smokie.
  9. Sprinkle brown sugar over each smokie.
  10. Place tray inside air fryer and set to 340*F and cook for 6 minutes.
  11. When timer goes off, remove tray and flip each little smokie over. Cook at 340*F for another 6 minutes.
  12. Carefully remove smokies from air fryer and remove toothpicks.
  13. Serve immediately while hot.


* You can do all the prepwork in advance. Wrap all smokies, brush maple syrup on and sprinkle with brown sugar. Place on cookie sheet, cover with foil and refrigerate until ready to cook.

*Each air fryer cooks slightly different. So if you are using an air fryer other than GoWise, do a test batch of 1 or 2 smokies.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 11Total Fat: 1gSaturated Fat: 0gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 1mgSodium: 21mgCarbohydrates: 1gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 0g

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