Holy Smokies!

So, we had a social gathering to attend recently. And we had to sign up to bring either an appetizer or dessert to share.

As it so happened, my husband had a pot luck at his office a couple of weeks earlier, and tried an item a colleague brought that he described as “pure evil.”

Sounds like the perfect thing to bring to this other shindig, no?

It involves little smokies, bacon, brown sugar, and a crock pot. Let’s dig in, starting with a pound of bacon that you cut into thirds.

Freezing the bacon for about 10 minutes helps make this part a lot easier.

Next up, you grab a package of little smokies (I learned, sadly, that a package of these little piggies now weigh in two ounces shy of a pound. I do not know why.). Crack them open, and start the tedious assembly part of this process. For each little smokie, grab a small piece of bacon. Wrap, secure with a toothpick, and repeat.

Wrap the bacon piece around the little piggy, secure with a toothpick.

I was zooming along, humming a merry little tune, when disaster befell this little project.

No more little smokies. But there's still bacon left. Gah!

I kept my head and ran wee-wee-wee all the way to the fridge, where we had another pack of little smokies stashed. Whipped it out, cracked it open, and we were back in business. Until we ran out of bacon and there was still some little smokies in the package. Muttering a few silent oaths, I set aside a few to accompany the little guy’s mac and cheese lunch, and then broke into my bacon stash – not a regular feature of our fridge, but on this occasion, luck was smiling on me – to finish off the rest.

 

It's a lot of pork.

With the wrapped smokies laid out on a foil-lined baking sheet, I got the oven preheating to 375 degrees. And proceeded to sprinkle the whole bunch of them with a cup of brown sugar.

It's starting to look worse, now, right?

Into the oven they went. You could call it done about 40 minutes later, but we wanted the bacon to have a little more crisp to it among all that molten brown sugarness, so we kept them in the oven for a full hour. After that, it was into the crockpot, where we kept them warm for the duration of the party.

Out of the baking sheet and into the crock pot. The toothpicks made it easy to pluck them out and nibble away.

The recipe wound up yielding five and a half dozen of these little lovelies. And by the end of the evening we were dragging home an empty crock pot. So I think you could say they were good.

Make that wicked good.

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