Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Try these Smoked Jalapeno Poppers as an alternative to deep-fried appetizers
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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Clint Cantwell / Grillocracy.com

An alternative to the deep fried classic, these cream cheese-stuffed jalapeños are wrapped in bacon and grilled to perfection. The combination of melty cheese, spicy jalapeños, and smoky bacon is perfection.

Recipe Courtesy of Clint Cantwell, Grillocracy.com

24
Servings
203
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Notes

Toothpicks

Jalapeno rack (this allows the peppers to cook upright and keep the stuffing from dripping out)

Ingredients

  • 24 medium jalapenos
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper, stem removed and finely chopped (optional if more heat is wanted)
  • 1/2 Cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 Cup finely grated mozzarella
  • 1/4 Cup finely chopped smoked pork butt or smoked chicken
  • 1/2 Teaspoon your favorite barbecue dry rub seasoning
  • 1 Pound bacon, cut crosswise into two sections

Directions

Prepare grill for 2-zone cooking (learn more about various charcoal set-ups here), placing preheated charcoal briquets on one side of the grill's charcoal grate to create a hot and a cool zone. Adjust the bottom vents to bring the grill temperature to approximately 350 degrees F. Once the grill has come to temperature, add 2 to 3 chunks of your favorite smoking wood to the charcoal.

Remove the tops and stems from the jalapenos. Remove the seeds and ribs from the jalapenos by scrapping the interior of the pepper with the handle of a small kitchen spoon.

In a medium mixing bowl, combine the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, chopped pork or chicken, and the dry rub then blend well.  Stuff the peppers with the cheese and meat mixture. Wrap the stuffed wrap each one with ½ slice of bacon and secure the bacon with a toothpick.

Place stuffed jalapenos into a jalapeno rack and set the rack on the cool side of the grill. Cover the grill and allow the poppers to cook for approximately 45 minutes until the bacon is completely crisped. 

Remove and serve.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
20g
29%
Saturated Fat
8g
33%
Cholesterol
24mg
8%
Carbohydrate, by difference
3g
2%
Protein
1g
2%
Vitamin A, RAE
13µg
2%
Calcium, Ca
13mg
1%
Choline, total
10mg
2%
Folate, total
5µg
1%
Magnesium, Mg
2mg
1%
Phosphorus, P
14mg
2%
Selenium, Se
2µg
4%
Sodium, Na
100mg
7%
Water
4g
0%