This easy appetizer recipe for Sweet and Spicy Bacon Wrapped Meatballs is perfect for parties. It’s a game day recipe that everyone will enjoy.
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!
To make these sweet and spicy bacon wrapped meatballs, mix together brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl.
Spray a broiler pan with nonstick cooking spray. Cut a pound of bacon strips in half and wrap them around meatballs securing the bacon in place with a toothpick. Dredge the meatballs in the sugar and chili mixture, pressing to coat it well. Place them on the greased broiler pan.
Bake at 350 degrees for 30-35 minutes, depending on how you like your bacon.
Not only did the bacon get crispy, the sugar got crunchy too, for some amazing texture and flavor.
Leave the toothpicks in the bacon wrapped meatballs, so that they are an easy-to-eat, finger food at your party.
Line them up on a tray and watch them disappear!
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.
More appetizer recipes to check out:
Sweet and Spicy Sriracha Bacon Chicken Bites
Can the leftovers be frozen and reheated again???
Is it possible to make these in a crockpot? ….or make them as the recipe suggests, and keep them warm in a crock pot? I would love to make these for our office party, but need to transport them to work in a crockpot. I am looking for recommendations (but really want to use your recipe!! Lol)
Yes, I would make them at home and then keep them warm in the crockpot. You can drape a paper towel over the crockpot before adding the lid. The paper towel will soak up the condensation and help to keep the bacon somewhat crispy. Like I did in this recipe: https://www.thegunnysack.com/slow-cooker-cheesy-potato-casserole-recipe/
Best of luck,
My family and friends loved this recipe.
Cherie Waatti says
It never crossed my mind to make as an appetizer..I made them for dinner…with crispy red potatoe bites…and eggs of easy…was big hit with my family!!!
Karyl Henry says
I love everything bacon! These look so divine. I’ll have to try these at my next party
Also I shared this recipe on my Super Bowl Recipe Roundup: http://karylskulinarykrusade.com/recipe-roundup-super-bowl
Sounds so good! Shared on Reddit
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!
Wonderful! I am delighted to have you as a follower and I am so happy they turned out great. Thanks for stopping back to let me know! ~Tonia
Sara Ortenzio says
did you use pre made meatballs? if so which brand?
Hi Sarah! I used Casa di Bertacchi meatballs. They are available at Sam’s Club.
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?
The bacon won’t be as crispy but other than that it should work just fine making them ahead of time.
Just wondering if the meatballs are fully cooked if they get dried out baking 45 minutes with the bacon?
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!
I was wondering the same thing? Precooked meatballs baked for anther 45 min? Might end up like dried out hockey pucks??
It will depend on the size of your meatballs and the temperature you are cooking them at. The most important thing is to make sure that the meatballs have an internal temperature of 165˚F and you’ll know they are fully cooked.
How long do you thaw them in the microwave?
Just long enough to soften them to get the toothpicks through.
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)
Ohhh…that sounds amazing! I’ve got to try that one! Thanks Julia!
Diane Roark says
LOOKS Delish! Please let me know if it is NOT o.k. to use your post in a Bacon Roundup. It looks delish!
Thea @ Baking Magique says
What a creative recipe! Would never have come up with this myself!
I love sweet & spicy!! These look perfect for a party.
They will be great for the holidays! Thanks Cathy!
Heather @ Shards of Lavender says
Tonia, these look delicious! I just know my family would love them…My daughter’s name is Vanessa too:)
Really? That’s awesome! Thanks Heather!
Kathi @ Deliciously Yum! 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 😉
Thanks Kathi! Your family is going to love them!
A Young Wife says
These look so yummy!!! What an awesome mix! 🙂
Trish - Mom On Timeout says
These look out-of-this-world amazing Tonia! I would score some serious points with my hubby if I whipped these up 🙂 Pinned and will be making…SOON!
Thanks, Trish! He will love them!
Ashley | Spoonful of Flavor says
Oh my! Bacon wrapped meatballs?! Save me a few, please!
My son stashed a few in the fridge! 🙂
Can I make ahead and take to a party?
I haven’t tried that Lisa but you should be able to.