It is no secret that we eat a lot of pork around this pigpen. As pig farmers it just comes with the territory.
A couple of years ago when I was pregnant with Little Sissy our great friends Troy and Stacy from South Dakota came to visit us. We had a blast, but when it came time for dinner, The Farmer thought he would just prepare an array of pork dishes for our friends. Since he was cooking, I didn't want to complain, but I was a little embarrassed that our menu consisted of bacon, pork burgers, sausage patties, and pork chops. Now don't get me wrong, I love each of these items and serve them a lot at our pigpen, but usually not all at the same time. The Farmer thought he would just showcase several of the items we had in our freezer and that he did. And he did buy a bag of potato chips to go with it so what more could I want. Needless to say it was all very good and filling and has fondly been referred to as Porkapalooza.
Well a couple of weeks ago, we were lucky enough for Troy and Stacy to visit us again. As soon as The Farmer knew they were coming, he immediately starting making plans for Porkapalooza 2. I didn't completely want to ruin his hopes, but I told him I would help with a menu.
Our menu consisted of one our favorite pork appetizer, lettuce salad, fresh fruit, and Cheesy Ham Potatoes which seemed to be a little bit more balanced than the original Porkapalooza.
It was so much fun to be able to spend some time with our amazing friends and Troy even helped make the appetizer which was like having a celebrity guest chef in my kitchen so I thought I'd share the recipe for one of our favorite appetizers. I don't even know what it is called, but we will go with Wrapped Smokies.
2 packages of Lit'l Smokies
1 pound of bacon
Cut each strip of bacon into 3-4 smaller pieces.
Wrap each lit'l smokie with a piece of bacon and use a tooth pick to hold the bacon in place. (You will probably run out of bacon before you do lit'l smokies.)
Place wrapped smokies onto a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper
When the cookie sheet is full of wrapped smokies, sprinkle brown sugar all over the wrapped smokies.
Bake at 400 degrees for 15-20 minutes as you want the brown sugar to start to dissolve/melt and form a sauce and the bacon is browned.
Tip: I have put these in the crock pot to keep warm for serving as they need to be eaten warm.