Thanksgiving is at the top of my list of favorite holidays. To be reminded of the many things I have to be thankful for and given the opportunity to reflect on each one. Visits from family, friends, lots of laughter, the sound of children giggling and playing and then there’s the roasted turkey, dressing and mashed potatoes. It’s simply glorious. For my family, we always look forward to the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade in the morning and then we move on to the football game in the afternoon. Perfect game day food simply has to be included in our food preparations as well as something wrapped in bacon. In this case BHG’s classic Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies fits the bill nicely.
Living in NC we are well known for our love of pork barbecue. The sauces that accompany our barbecue are specific to region. For example, in Eastern NC you’ll likely find a tangy sometimes spicy, apple cider vinegar based sauce. In the Western part of North Carolina, you’ll most commonly be served a sweet tomato based sauce. So I thought the perfect match-up for these smokies would be to add a bit of kick to the brown sugar coating and then serve them with a prepared sweet and spicy barbecue sauce for dipping. If you’d like to make your own barbecue sauce my Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce works beautifully, too. Fans of the sweet and spicy flavor combination won’t be disappointed in these kicked-up smokies. Make them and watch them disappear.
To the brown sugar coating add:
1 tsp ground chipotle pepper
1/2 tsp ground cumin
1/2 tsp garlic powder
1/2 tsp onion powder
Follow the directions on BHG for their classic Sugared Bacon-Wrapped Smokies using maple flavored bacon. To the brown sugar coating add 1 tsp ground chipotle pepper, 1/2 tsp ground cumin, 1/2 tsp garlic powder and 1/2 tsp onion powder. Serve with my Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce or a prepared Maple-Chipotle or Honey-Chipotle barbecue sauce for dipping.
Melissa Sperka is the Publisher, recipe developer and photographer of the blog Melissa’s Southern Style Kitchen. Her blog focuses on creating homemade family-style meals, snacks and desserts as well as many classic Southern favorites. Melissa lives in North Carolina and is a busy Mom to 2 boys. She is passionate about sharing her love of cooking, baking and entertaining. After winning the National Flour Power! contest, she also gained national attention with her blue ribbon “Nested Potato Skins” featured in Southern Living Magazine. You can also find her at Parade.com as a featured Contributor.