Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Servings4
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time90 minutes
Skill Leveleasy

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers are hands down our most requested appetizer. The mild spicy flavor of the jalapeno, filled with a flavorful cheese blend, and wrapped in savory bacon is something that just can’t be beat! Try these smoked jalapeno poppers at your next party or tailgate and watch them disappear before your eyes.

Ingredients

Main

  • 12 Jalapeños, medium size
  • 12 Slices of bacon, not thick cut

Cheese Mixture

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Steps

  1. Preheat the smoker

    Preheat your smoker to 250°F. Most pellet grills don’t need it, but you can add a pan of water in the corner of the smoker to keep moisture inside.

  2. Prep the jalapenos

    If time allows, smoke the jalapenos whole at 250 degrees Fahrenheit for 20 minutes to soften them up. This will make it easier to stuff them without tearing them apart. If using a jalapeno corer, use it to remove the insides. If not, slice a T shape into the jalapenos so that the horizontal line is parallel with the top of the jalapeno. Using the tail end of a spoon (or whatever tool you usually use), scrape out the seeds and veins of the jalapeno.

  3. Prepare the cheese mixture

    In a medium sized bowl, mix together the cheese mixture ingredients.

  4. Stuff the jalapenos

    Using a spoon, fill each jalapeno with equal amounts of the mixutre. Don't overstuff the jalapenos. Wrap a slice of bacon around each jalapeno covering the entire surface. If needed, add another slice of bacon.

  5. Smoke the jalapeno poppers

    Place the jalapeno poppers in the smoker in a jalapeno popper rack or with the seam side of the bacon down to help hold them together. Smoke for 90 minutes at 250 degreed Fahrenheit or until bacon is cooked to your liking.

  6. Serve the smoked jalapeno poppers

    Remove the smoked jalapeno poppers from the smoker and let cool for a couple of minutes. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

What else can I add to the smoked jalapeno poppers?

These smoked jalapeno poppers are great the way they are, but I also add leftover brisket or pulled pork to the cheese mixture for maximum flavor overload!

Can I make my own seasoning instead of purchasing one?

Absolutely! I am a personal fan and brand ambassador for Meat Church, but you can use common household seasonings to make these smoked jalapeno poppers. Here's a good combination to get you started:

  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper

What if the bacon isn't crispy?

If you want the bacon to be really crispy on the smoked jalapeno poppers, crank up the heat to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for the last 15 minutes of cooking. Personally, I don't like them as crispy as standalone bacon, but to each their own! 

Can you freeze smoked jalapeno poppers?

Yes, you can definitely freeze smoked jalapeno poppers! I recommend freezing them separately first on a tray and then placing them in a big to avoid freezing to each other. If previously cooked, warm them in the oven for 20-30 mins at 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Otherwise, let thaw out in the refrigerator and then follow the cooking instructions as normal. I usually add the bacon when ready to cook instead of adding it prior to freezing.

Comments

  1. Chip H
    August 4th, 2022

    When you use the corer and the rack, you have to cut the top off the Jalapeno. You picture looks like the top is on, so how did you manage that?

    1. Allan Kiezel
      August 4th, 2022

      Hey Chip! I actually cook the jalapeños for about 20 minutes first to soften them up and then carve a T shape into them. It makes it easier to scoop out the insides and keeps the top intact.

  2. Marcus
    June 10th, 2022

    Made these last night. It was my first time having poppers wrapped in bacon. It did not disappoint!

  3. Lidia R.
    March 16th, 2022

    OMG I made these poppers when you shared them last year and everyone now expects them at every party! They are so good and have a better bite when cooked at 250 straight thru! I might just make some right now! haha 🙂

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