Bacon-Wrapped Sausage

A row of bacon-wrapped sausages rest after being cooked and glazed.

This is a tasty recipe for bacon-wrapped sausage that uses a homemade sausage. It can be smoked or baked, then served as an appetizer, finger food, or even as a main dish.

It may seem like a lot of work the first time around first the bacon wrapping but is well worth the effort. And it gets easier the more times that you make it.

Smoking this recipe is ideal, however, it can be very successful while camping in a Dutch oven or out the back on a grill. A Dutch oven that has no smoke component yet still looked and tasted great, especially if using a heavily smoked style of bacon.

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Sliced bacon-wrapped sausage sits on a plate as part of a full meal.
The bacon wrapped sausage can be served as a main in a bigger meal or as a finger food.
Bacon-wrapped sausages are sliced and a toothpick added ready to be served as a finger food.
If serving the bacon wrapped sausages as a finger food use a toothpick for easy pick-up by diners.
The Bacon-wrapped sausage being sliced into serving sizes.
After glazing and letting rest the Bacon-wrapped sausage is sliced into your desired portion size.
A close up on a slice of the bacon-wrapped sausage.
This slice of bacon-wrapped sausage shows the optional chili in the center of the sausage.
A row of bacon-wrapped sausages rest after being cooked and glazed.
When the bacon-wrapped sausages have finished smoking and being glazed, let rest before slicing.

Bacon-Wrapped Sausage Recipe

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A row of bacon-wrapped sausages rest after being cooked and glazed.
This is a tasty recipe for Bacon-Wrapped Sausage that uses a homemade sausage. It can be smoked or baked, then served as an appetizer, finger food, or even as the main meat.
Preparation 25 minutes
Cook 1 hour 10 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 35 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultyExperienced
MethodSmoke
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Ingredients

Homemade Sausage

  • 2 teaspoons salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon fennel seeds
  • 1/2 teaspoon thyme
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes, or to taste
  • 2 pounds ground pork
  • 1 tablespoon apple vinegar

Bacon Wrap

  • 12 slices bacon

Glaze

  • 2 tablespoons light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon honey
  • 1 teaspoon Worcestershire sauce
  • 1 teaspoon soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons apple juice or as needed

Equipment

  • smoker or camp oven
  • toothpicks, to serve

Directions

Homemade Sausage

  • Combine the dried spices and herbs. Add to a grinder and pulse to process and break up the whole seeds and leaves to a grainy consistency (do not over process to a powder).
  • In a bowl, add the pork, ground herbs and spices, and vinegar. Mix with your hands or a spoon until well combined. Let rest, chilled, until needed, overnight if possible.

Bacon Wrap

  • On a board, lay out 6 slices of bacon next to each other. Take half the homemade sausage mix and create a roll the length of the bacon. Place the sausage in the middle of the bacon then wrap the bacon around the sausage. There should only be a 1-inch (2cm) overlap, any bacon excess beyond this should be cut off.
  • Place the bacon-wrapped sausage seam-side down on the tray or rack you plan to cook it on. Place into a smoker or oven preheated to 250 degrees F (120 degrees C) and cook for 1 hour.

Glaze

  • Combine the brown sugar, honey, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and half the apple juice. Stir until well combined and the sugar is dissolved. Add the remaining apple juice if needed to get a thick but spreadable glaze.
  • Remove the bacon-wrapped sausage and brush with the glaze. Return to the smoker or oven for an additional 10 minutes. If you would prefer a shinier glaze, this step can be repeated.
  • Rest for 10 to 15 minutes before slicing and serving.
  • Variation: If desired you may char grill chili peppers, then thinly slice. This is then placed in the center of homemade sausage before wrapping in bacon.

Nutritional Information

Sodium: 1837mgCalcium: 50mgVitamin C: 2mgVitamin A: 129IUSugar: 11gFiber: 1gPotassium: 837mgCholesterol: 207mgCalories: 921kcalTrans Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 33gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gSaturated Fat: 27gFat: 74gProtein: 47gCarbohydrates: 13gIron: 3mg

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Outdoor cooking has been Saffron’s passion since she was young, often choosing to go camping and cook hearty meals over fire rather than stay inside, watch TV, and eat take-out. Today she is the driving force of Bush Cooking bringing the skills of cooking outdoors to thousands of people.

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  1. 5 stars
    This recipe is awesome! I did it with store bought sausages and made a few small adjustments like using honey bbq rub instead of brown sugar. Great idea on this one Saffron!