Smoked bacon wrapped hot links, sausages, brats and hotdogs with a stick for holding them is a great addition to your Memorial Day celebrations. Great for adults and kids alike and they are so quick and easy, you'll wonder why you haven't done it before now.

Helpful Information
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 2-3 hours
  • Smoker Temp: 240°F
  • Meat Finish Temp: N/A
  • Recommended Wood: Hickory
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Step 1: Insert Handles (long wood skewer)

No need to soak the wood skewers when you are using them in the lower temperatures of the smoker.

While holding the sausage, hot link, hotdog, etc., run the skewer lengthwise through the center stopping just before it comes out the other end.


Step 2: Roll in Rub

Put some mustard and Jeff's rub (purchase recipes here) into (2) separate plates.


Roll the hot links in mustard..


..then in the rub making sure to coat well.


Step 3: Wrap with Bacon

Lay a strip of bacon onto the work space then place the rub coated hot link perpendicular onto the bacon about 2 inches from one of the ends.


Flip the end of the bacon over the top of the hot link to get it started.


Roll the hot link to wrap the bacon around itself. Allow the bacon to overlap a bit with each round and keep it tight while it wraps.


Perform the same task on all of the hot links, sausages, brats, or hotdogs.


Step 4: Smoke for 2-3 hours

Setup your smoker for cooking with indirect heat at about 240°F for 2-3 hours.

I used my favorite propane smoker, the Landmann Great Outdoors Smoky Mountain for this cook.


I used cherry wood for smoke which is really great on these but you can use your favorite wood or whatever smoking wood you have available.

Most things will be perfectly smoked in about 2 hours but we want the bacon to crisp up as well. Leaving it in the smoker for an extra hour will help or you can place them on a hot grill for a few minutes after a 2-hour smoking process.

I used the Bradley rack to make them easy to move back and forth from the kitchen to the smoker.

About 30 minutes before they are finished, paint them generously with my barbecue sauce.

When the bacon is firm to crisp, remove the smoked bacon wrapped hot links from the smoker and serve immediately.

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Smoking Meat Questions

How long do I add smoke?

Obviously this refers to a charcoal, electric or gas smoker where you have to add wood chips, chunks, splits or pellets in order to create smoke. I usually recommend adding smoke for at least half of the estimated cook time. There is nothing wrong with adding smoke for the entire time to replicate the wood smoker experience but make sure the smoke is nice and thin.

Do I have to use the water pan in my smoker?

ALWAYS use the water pan unless you are drying meat/making jerky.

The water pan serves three main purposes:

  1. It adds humidity to the air inside the smoker thereby reducing the natural drying effect of heated air.
  2. It creates a barrier between the fire and the meat to support the indirect method of cooking required for smoking meat
  3. The steam created by the water helps to maintain a more stable, low and slow temperature that is perfect for smoking meat.

Most smaller backyard smokers will come with a water pan and I highly recommend that you use it.

I just bought a new charcoal smoker. How much charcoal and how much wood should I use?

This type of thing is sometimes confusing for newbies but just remember that in small to medium charcoal smokers, the charcoal is strictly for creating the heat. The wood chunks, wood chips or a packet of wood chips are placed on top of the coals for smoke.

Use a charcoal chimney and place 2-4 lbs of lump charcoal (depending on smoker size and how well it holds heat) into the firebox or charcoal pan.

Place 4-6 wood chunks, a packet of wood chips or a stick of wood on top of the coals to create smoke.

Do I need to soak the wood chips/chunks?

Many folks soak the wood chips and chunks and if you do that and get great results, then by all means, don't let me hinder great results. I personally do NOT soak my wood chips, chunks, pellets, or any wood that I use and see no reason to do so.

Can I place ribs vertically in a rack to conserve space?

Absolutely and there is no negative results from cooking them this way.

We are doing hamburgers and hotdogs this Monday, can I smoke them?

Yes and they are delicious this way. There is no better way to do large quantities of burgers and dogs in my opinion.

Burger and dogs can both be smoked cooked from start to finish in about an hour at 240°F.

Please note: if the burgers are extra thick, they will take longer.

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Printable Recipe


Smoked Bacon Wrapped Hot Links – Memorial Day

Smoked bacon wrapped hot links, sausages, brats and hotdogs with a stick for holding them is a great addition to your Memorial Day celebrations.

  • Author: Jeff Phillips
  • Prep Time: 25 mins
  • Cook Time: 2 hours
  • Total Time: 2 hours 25 mins
  • Yield: 10
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: Hot Smoking


  • A good selection of hot links, smoked sausage, brats, hotdogs, etc.
  • Yellow mustard
  • Jeff’s original rub recipe
  • Bacon, original or thin sliced (thinner is better)
  • Jeff’s barbecue sauce
  • Long wood skewers


Step 1: Insert Handles (long wood skewer)


About the Author

Long time Industrial Engineer turned self-proclaimed fire poker, pitmaster and smoke whisperer and loving every minute of it!

1 Comment on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Charlie Hiscock May 31, 2015 at 5:49 am - Reply

    I am very interested in the smoked fatties. I make my own sausage and was wondering about using uncooked sausage in the recipe. Would the smoke time be much different than with using weiners?

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