Little hot dogs wrapped in bacon and garnished with herbs

Little Smokies

Little Smokies

Category Appetizers Beef Game Day National Hot Dog Day
Servings 6
Prep Time 15 Minutes
Cook Time 20 Minutes

This bacon-wrapped appetizer will be your new go-to for tailgates, holiday parties, and backyard barbecues! Make more than you think you'll need - these Little Smokies disappear quickly.

Pit Boss Kitchen
Little hot dogs wrapped in bacon and garnished with herbs


  • 8 Mini Nathan’s hot dogs
  • 8 slices of bacon
  • 5 Tbsp Brown sugar


  1. Set smoker to 300°F.
  1. First, cut the bacon and hot dogs in half.
  1. Wrap a slice of bacon around a hot dog slice, using toothpicks to hold the bacon in place.
  1. Place the wrapped mini hot dogs onto a sheet tray with wire rack.
  1. Combine the brown sugar and Pit Boss seasonings in a small bowl to create a rub. Use the rub to cover the little smokies.
  1. Place the little smokies in the smoker on the top rack, allowing them to cook for 30 minutes.
  1. Once the little smokies are done, remove from smoker and let rest. Then, remove the toothpicks and enjoy!

Recipe Video

Recipe Note

This recipe can be cooked on any of our Pit Boss Grills wood pellet smokers, our vertical pellet smokers, or any of our barbecue grills using the A-Maze-N smoker accessory wood pellet burners.


Take things up a notch by stuffing these Little Smokies with cream cheese. Before wrapping the hot dogs with bacon, grab a straw and push it through the hot dog from one end to the other to hollow out the center. Fill a piping bag with softened cream cheese and pipe some of the cream cheese into the hot dogs.