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Bacon Wrapped Kielbasa - Brown Sugar and Beer Glazed

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of these bacon wrapped kielbasa smoked perfectly and then lovingly glazed with a mixture of brown sugar and beer with pepper flake heat. Pop a few in your mouth and you'll say wow!
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 50 minutes
Author Jeff Phillips

Ingredients

  • 3-4 links of kielbasa
  • 1 lb of bacon (cut into thirds.)
  • Jeff's original rub recipe (get the recipes here)
  • Brown sugar (I prefer dark but light will work)
  • Beer (I use a dark ale)
  • Red pepper flakes

Instructions

  • Lay a link of kielbasa on the cutting board and slice it in half lengthwise. Then, while holding the strips together, cut it into 1-inch pieces.
  • Cut the bacon into thirds.
  • Lay a piece of kielbasa on the ends of a strip of bacon, season it with Jeff's original rub and then wrap the bacon around the piece of kielbasa.
  • When you are finished wrapping all the pieces and they are on a Bradley rack, Weber grill pan or whatever you are going to use to transport them to the smoker, sprinkle them generously with more of the original rub.
  • Smoke the appetizers for about 1.5 hours or until they are sufficiently browned and the bacon has a good "bitethrough".
  • While the apps are cooking, place 1 cup of brown sugar, ΒΌ cup of beer and 1 teaspoon into a small to medium sized pan over low to medium low heat. Let the mixture simmer lightly for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • When the appetizers are almost finished cooking, brush the glaze onto the pieces a couple of times. Let it set for about 10 minutes before adding a new coat.
  • When they are completely done, remove from the smoker and serve immediately.