Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs

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Several years ago, while Brian was traveling for work, he had bacon wrapped chicken at a restaurant and has always remembered how good it was. So, last year I made Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites which we really enjoyed. But  I wanted to try another bacon wrapped appetizer and this time I decided to go with meatballs. Before baking the bacon wrapped meatballs, coat them with a mixture of brown sugar and chili powder. As they bake, the bacon gets crispy, the sugar caramelizes and this easy appetizer becomes irresistible!

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To make these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped meatballs, mix together brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl.

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Spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a pound of bacon strips in half and wrap them around meatballs (I used store bought, fully cooked Italian style meatballs that I thawed in the microwave before wrapping them with bacon.), securing the bacon in place with a toothpick. Dredge the bacon wrapped meatballs in the sugar and chili mixture, pressing to coat it well. Place them on the greased broiler pan.

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Bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on how you like your bacon. I like mine crispy so I baked the bacon wrapped meatballs for 45 minutes!

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Not only did the bacon get crispy, the sugar got crunchy too, for some amazing texture and flavor.

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Leave the toothpicks in the bacon wrapped meatballs, so that they are an easy-to-eat, finger food at your party.

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Line them up on a tray and watch them disappear!

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Vanessa was waiting to go to a friend’s house, but stuck around until these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped meatballs came out of the oven so that she could taste one. She thought they were fabulous and wanted to bring some with to her friend’s house to share, but since I hadn’t photographed them yet, I had to tell her no. Zack was a little more skeptical, but when I explained that they were made with bacon, meatballs and brown sugar, all things that he likes, he decided he would try oneand he loved them!

Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs
 
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Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: about 36
Ingredients
  • 1 lb bacon, cut in half (my package had 18 slices so I had 36 half-slices of bacon)
  • 36 meatballs (or as many as you have bacon slices)
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
Instructions
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Mix together brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl.
  3. Spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray.
  4. Cut a pound of bacon strips in half and wrap them around meatballs (I used store bought, fully cooked Italian style meatballs that I thawed in the microwave before wrapping them with bacon.), securing the bacon in place with a toothpick.
  5. Dredge the bacon wrapped meatballs in the sugar and chili mixture, pressing to coat it well.
  6. Place them on the greased broiler pan and bake at 350 degrees for 30-45 minutes, depending on how you like your bacon. I like mine crispy, so I baked them for 45 minutes.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 3 bacon wrapped meatballs

Recipe adapted from Sweet Bacon Chicken Wraps

More appetizer recipes to check out:

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites

Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites

Cowboy Caviar Cups

Cowboy Caviar Cups

Cheese Bombs Cheese Filled Pillsbury Biscuits

Cheese Bombs

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Comments

  1. Barbara says

    Made these for Super Bowl Party and they were AWESOME! Getting ready to stock up for the upcoming poker card night. Great, easy recipe! You made me look good! (Always a good thing!) Thank you so much, I love your website and recipes!

  2. Shannon says

    Hello there! I’m planning to make these for a Christmas party this Friday, but due to time constraints I will have to prepare them the night before.. Do you think they will come out okay if cooked, stored overnight in the fridge and then reheated in the oven the following day for the party?

    • Tonia says

      Hello Shannon,
      The bacon won’t be as crispy but other than that it should work just fine making them ahead of time.
      Enjoy!
      ~Tonia

    • Tonia says

      Mine did not, but if you are concerned about it, only thaw the meatballs enough to get a toothpick inserts. Then, use partially cooked bacon and reduce the cook time. Best of luck!
      ~Tonia

  3. julia says

    Sounds exellent, I just discovered bacon wrapped mini potatos…wash potatos, pat dry, wrap with peppercorn crusted bacon, bake, enjoy! (Soak wooden tooth pics 15mins so they dont burn)

  4. says

    Oh my goodness – I am dying to try these!! We’re big on appetizers during football season at our house and I am thinking your meatballs need to make an appearance once the official season starts. Not sure we can wait another 2 weeks though 😉

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