Trivia Night – Part 1

January 19, 2012


Friday night is the annual Trivia Night hosted by our school’s PTL. Tables of eight compete with 10 rounds of 10 questions (or as I like to call it, “One Hundred Things I Don’t Know”) while eating snacks and drinking drinks. That means Lloyd and I have to make food for other people, and you all know how skilled we are at that.

At Lloyd’s faculty party Matt Haden and his wife, Lindsey, brought Little Smokies Wrapped In Bacon And Baked With Brown Sugar, which were promptly inhaled by everyone. Lloyd was intrigued and immediately subscribed to their newsletter.

Lloyd asked Matt for the recipe, and at the risk of blabbing like the Bush’s Baked Beans dog, here it is:

1 package of Little Smokies
1 package of bacon (we usually get center cut)
Brown Sugar…
9×13 pan
Tin Foil

Line the 9×13 pan with tin foil. (This will accelerate the cleaning process. Part of the tin foil might get stuck to the pan but it’s a lot easier to clean up than the mess without the tin foil.)

Take one smoky and one piece of bacon, wrap the circumference of the smoky once, stab with a toothpick all the way through, cut off excess for the next smoky [here, Lloyd wondered aloud if it was the excess bacon or the excess toothpick], repeat until all smokies are fully wrapped. (I had about two inches of bacon left so I just stabbed it with a toothpick and put it in the pan with the rest.)

Shower the smokies with brown sugar. Your preference on how much you want to put on them. (We did add a little more brown sugar halfway through the cooking process.)

Bake until the bacon is fully cooked as I believe most smokies are pre-cooked…


P.S. Let me know what they think.

There is an alternate version of this recipe where you wrap the smokies in canned croissant strips and then put crushed walnuts in with the brown sugar. Our Kansas City friends called them Crack Weenies.

Lloyd and I made a little assembly line and got the little drops of heaven ready to pop in the oven tomorrow. As Lloyd wrapped them up he sang, “Anything Matt can do, I can do better…..”

There are no mini wheats in this batch.

Are you going to stand for that, Matt Haden? Are you?

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10 Responses to “Trivia Night – Part 1”

  1. Mary Ellen Said on:

    Last night our church Jr high worship/study had their third annual BACON night. I estimate 200 Students and 100 pounds of bacon. The usual smell of teen spirit overtaken by the aroma of fried swine! Enjoy your trivia night!


  2. Kitt Said on:


    There’s another smokies recipe I have made where you put them in the crockpot with a jar of yellow mustard and a jar of grape jelly. Sounds horrible, doesn’t it? I guarantee you, that pot will be EMPTY.


    • Gretchen Said on:

      I’ve made something similar -- meatballs in the crockpot with chili sauce and jelly. Amazing as well! (and it fits my husband’s definition of good Football food: 3 ingredients or less!)


  3. Brad Said on:

    Mmm… I like what Matt and Lindsey did with that last piece: bacon on a stick.

    But I also like Little Smokies. I don’t remember not liking any recipe I’ve had that uses them. Now that would be a challenge: finding some way to prepare Little Smokies that doesn’t taste good.


  4. Peggy Said on:

    Great! Now I have Ethel Merman in my head & she won’t leave.

    I wonder if you wrapped the little smokies with the whole piece of bacon or at least went around the thing twice, if would it cook all the way thru?

    Enjoy tonight! It sounds like alot of fun!


    • Lloyd Said on:

      I would have been up for some experimenting in that direction, but we bought way too little bacon for the number of little smokies we had. You can comfortably wrap 2 little smokies with a slice of bacon, but we had to wrap 3. things were a bit tight.


  5. Kristi Said on:

    Oh, that sounds delicious. I’m willing to host a no-trivia night at my home as long as you bring the bacon-smokies.


  6. Matt Said on:

    Thank you Lloyd and Lauren for the amusement. I was told by my better half that the crescent roll part doesn’t really work well with the instructions provided. She didn’t say why but I assume you have to bake the weenies and crescent rolls first and then sugarize them.

    They are wonderfully nastfulness goodness of a treat though!


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