Legendary Bacon Wrapped Smokies with Paleo BBQ Sauce

By Jess

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This recipe will make your whole kitchen smell like barbecue thanks to the homemade barbecue sauce. It’s made with a fantastic combination of ingredients such as honey, maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and onion powder. All tasty and wholesome ingredients in these bacon wrapped smokies of course—absolutely no processed sugars, fillers or additives so you can enjoy this dish without any guilt. Once you have your BBQ sauce, all you need to do is wrap the Italian sausage in bacon. Hands down, this is one of my favorite recipes because it almost tastes too good to be healthy, but it’s 100% paleo thanks to the homemade BBQ sauce. Make sure to serve this dish warm when the bacon is still crispy for the full effect.

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

Bacon Wrapped Smokies

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    • 4 grass fed, no sugar, no additives added Italian sausages, cut into 2 inch pieces
    • 10 thin bacon slices, halved crosswise
    • 1 cup no sugar added tomato sauce
    • 1/3 cup water
    • 2 tbsp balsamic vinegar
    • 1 tsp ground mustard
    • 3 tbsp honey
    • 1 tbsp pure maple syrup
    • ½ tsp onion powder
    • ½ tsp smoked paprika
    • salt to taste


  1. To make the BBQ sauce, in a saucepan add the tomato sauce, water, balsamic vinegar, ground mustard, honey, maple syrup, onion powder and smoked paprika and whisk to combine.
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat.
  3. Simmer for 15-20 minutes or until the sauce thickens to your liking.
  4. Remove from the heat.
  5. Season with salt to taste and set aside.
  6. Preheat oven to 375°F.
  7. Wrap each piece of sausage in a piece of bacon and secure it with a toothpick.
  8. Place the sausages in a baking dish.
  9. Bake for 20 minute.
  10. Remove from the oven and brush each piece of sausage with BBQ sauce.
  11. Return in the oven and bake for an additional 10-15 minutes.
  12. Serve warm with remaining BBQ sauce.


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Total Time

1 hour

Prep Time

15 minutes

Cook Time

45 minutes

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