May 3, 2015

Blueberry Butter Glazed Bacon Wrapped Smokies Sausages

I have shared my favorite -out of the box- savory Wild Blueberry recipes this week for Moms Meet {greenmomsmeet.com} and Wild Blueberries {wildblueberries.com}. I wanted to end my Wild Blueberry posts with a bang, so today I am sharing this amazing appetizer: Blueberry Butter Glazed Smokies Sausages. It's another easy recipe featuring my homemade Wild Blueberry Barbecue Sauce. Be sure to check out my other Wild Blueberry savory recipes!

Why go wild for Wild Blueberries?

 Wild Blueberries have a more intense flavor than regular blueberries. Wild Blueberry plants are more genetically diverse with thousands of interlocking plants spreading and interlocking naturally across fields over thousands of years. That diversity is what gives Wild Blueberries their complex and delicious flavor—an extraordinary mix of tart and sweet.
 • Wild Blueberries have two times the antioxidant capacity of the larger cultivated blueberries. A growing body of research shows the potential health benefits of Wild Blueberries including gut health, diabetes, cancer, and brain health.
 • 99% of the Wild Blueberry crop is frozen fresh at harvest, which locks in their nutrition and taste.
 • Wild Blueberries are called “wild” because they are not planted— they have occurred naturally in barrens and fields in Maine and Eastern Canada for 10,000 years.

Ingredients:


  • 1 14oz pkg Lil Smokies
  • 1 pkg Maple bacon, cut into thirds
  • 1/2 stick (1/4 cup) butter, melted
  • 3/4-1 cup Blueberry Barbecue Sauce (recipe below)


Blueberry Barbecue Sauce:
Makes about 2 cups 
  • 2 1/2 cups frozen wild blueberries, thawed
  • 1/2 cup ketchup
  • 3 tbsp honey
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • 4 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 1/2 small yellow onion, diced
  • 1/2 tsp mustard powder

Directions:

  1. For the barbecue sauce: add all sauce ingredients to a large saucepan. 
  2. Bring to a simmer over medium heat, stirring often.
  3. Turn heat to med-low and let simmer for 10-15 minutes until thickened.
  4. Taste and add more brown sugar if you would like it a little sweeter. 
  5. Carefully pour into a food processor or blender and pulse until smooth.
  6. Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
  7. Cut the bacon into thirds and wrap around each smokie. Secure with a toothpick.
  8. Arrange smokies in a single layer on an aluminum foil lined baking sheet. 
  9. In a bowl mix together melted butter and 1/2 cup of blueberry barbecue sauce.
  10. Brush the mixture on each wrapped little smokie. 
  11. Bake 15-20 minutes
  12. Raise the oven to 400 degrees for another 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.
  13. Remove from oven and remove smokies to a papertowel lined plate. 
  14. Brush smokies with approx 1/4-1/2 cup of Blueberry Barbecue Sauce {amount depends on how much you want to coat them}.
  15. Serve warm and watch them disappear!  


Prepare the Wild Blueberry Barbecue Sauce. Save leftover sauce for Crock-Pot Blueberry Barbecue Chicken Wings. Mix together 1/2 cup sauce with 1/2 stick melted butter. 
Cut bacon into thirds. 
Wrap bacon around each little smokie sausage. 
Secure with a toothpick. 
Arrange on a aluminum foil lined baking sheet. 
Pour blueberry butter mixture on top of smokies. 
 Brush over smokies making sure to coat each one. 
Bake 15-20 minutes at 375 degrees. 

Raise the oven to 400 degrees for another 5 minutes to crisp up the bacon.

Remove to a papertowel lined plate.
Brush blueberry barbecue sauce on top of smokies and serve warm.
You better grab a couple for yourself because as soon as you put this 
appetizer on the table, they disappear!

Connect and share with Wild Blueberries! 
Learn more online at wildblueberries.com

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I received this product for free from the sponsor of the Moms Meet program, May Media Group LLC, who received it directly from the manufacturer. As a Moms Meet blogger, I agree to use this product and post my opinion on my blog. My opinions do not necessarily reflect the opinions of May Media Group LLC or the manufacturer of this product.
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