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Smoked Bacon Wrapped Sausage Recipe

bacon wrapped kielbasa on a grill
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Also known as pig balls, this appetizer recipe is as easy to make as it is delicious.

Side Dish


Servings: 12 people


Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes


  • Toothpicks or skewers


About the Meathead’s Memphis Dust. If you’d rather not make this rub from scratch you can buy it instead. We have created a bottled rub that is very similar and you can purchase it here. Keep in mind that our bottled rubs have salt in them. When using the bottled rub with this recipe, you do not need to add the salt that is called for in the recipe. Just use the rub instead and add it when the salt is called for.
About the BBQ sauce. If you don't want to make your own BBQ sauce, be sure to try our Meathead's Amazing "Good Enough To Drink" KC BBQ Sauce.
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  • Prep. Cut the kielbasa rings into approximately 24 1-inch slices.  Any remaining kielbasa can be grilled seperately for the chef to enjoy.
  • Cut each slice of bacon in half. Tightly wrap each sausage with a half slice of bacon.
    wrapping sausage in bacon
  • Secure with a toothpick or pierce with skewers. If using skewers, be sure to leave a small space between each bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites so that the bacon can fully crisp.
    uncooked bacon wrapped kielbasa
  • Season the bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites with BBQ dry rub. 
  • Fire up. Prepare a smoker for indirect cooking. Alternatively, you can set up a charcoal grill for 2-zone cooking by placing a chimney full of pre-heated charcoal briquets on one side of the grill's charcoal grate in order to create direct and indirect cooking zones. Adjust the smoker or grill vents to bring the temperature to about 325°F/162.8°C and add 2 to 3 chunks of your favorite smoking wood to the charcoal for flavor. On a gas grill, adjust the temperature knobs so that one half of the grill is off and the other half is heated enough to maintain a temperature of approximately 325°F/162.8°C on the indirect side.
  • Cook. Place the bacon wrapped kielbasa bites on the cool side of the grill, cover, and allow them to cook until the bacon is browned and crisp, approximately 35 minutes.
    Bacon wrapped sausage bites
  • Take the bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites off of the grill, remove them from the toothpicks or skewers.
  • Serve. Plate the bacon-wrapped kielbasa bites on a platter, drizzlie with BBQ sauce, and serve immediately.
    BBQ sauce drizzlied bacon wrapped sausage bites