Smoked Jalapeno Poppers (You Can Not Resist These Bad Boys)

Jalapeno poppers are one of the best appetizers!

They are cheesy, smokey, salty, and crunchy. 

They are the perfect accompaniment to a cold beer and watching the game

These are not deep-fried. They are cooked using your smoker or grill!

The combination of melted cheese and bacon is heavenly.

Most smoked jalapeno poppers are stuffed with cream, cheese & more cheese.

Below we have Terry’s tastiest bacon-wrapped jalapenos poppers!

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jalapenos poppers smoked and sitting on plate ready to be eaten

Terrys 6 Steps to The Tastiest Jalapenos Poppers Ever!

Pitmaster Terry has kindly made his famous Jalapenos poppers (or jellopenios he likes to call them) for us!

Below are his 6 steps to making these delicious little smokey cheesy explosions of flavor!

1. Preheat Your Smoker

First, preheat your smoker to 260°F

2. Clean The Jalapenos

This is after Terry cleaned the jalapenos (jellopenios as he likes to call them). Plus the bacon that he uses to wrapper the poppers.

jalapenos cleaned in the sink ready to be stuffed

3. Create your Cheesy Filling

Here is the cream cheese and cheddar cheese mixture. Plus Terry then added some dried onions with garlic powder and meat church honey hog spice

cheese mixture to go inside of jalapenos poppers

4. Then Stuff Your Jalapenos

Here is Terry stuffing his jellopenios with the mixture. Then you wrap the jalapeno in a piece of bacon

stuffing the jalpenos with cheese and wrapping in bacon

5. Put Them in The Smoker and Cook

Once the smoker to reaches 260°F, he added the trays of jalapeno poppers. He left them in the smoker for 3 hours and rotated them every hour.

jalapeno poppers in the smoker

6. Remove From The Smoker and Enjoy

After 3 hours he removed trays from the smoker. Let the jalapeno poppers cool slightly or you will have molten hot cheese dripping down your chin!

jalapenos poppers smoked and sitting on plate ready to be eaten

Tips for Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

See my hot tips for the best-smoked jalapeno poppers below!

  • Make sure you wear grill gloves when handling the poppers. These little guys get hot! Plus melted cheese can really leave a nasty burn
  • Cut and seed the jalapenos under water. This reduces the spicy fumes hanging about in the kitchen.
  • If you’re looking for a milder taste, de-seed your peppers and let them soak for at least 30 minutes before cooking.
  • The bigger the pepper the more spice it will contain. So choose your sizes depending on your taste.
  • Make sure you remove the seeds if you don’t like hot spicy food!

What Sort of Wood Do You Need For Smoked Jalapeno Poppers?

I find that apple or cherry wood works best for smoking jalapeno poppers.

Both have a strong rich flavor that will give the poppers a dark color

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe

Smoked Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Jalapeno's have a fantastic natural flavour. Smoking them brings out a totally different side that I have never experienced before.
I highly recommend using a blue cheese in your filling and don't forget to wrap then in bacon!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time40 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Barbecue
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Charlie

Ingredients

  • 250 ml cream cheese
  • 250 grams your favorite cheese cheedar cheese, blue cheese or goats cheese work really well
  • 50 large jalapeño peppers
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 4 tsp dried onion
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 10 strips of smoked bacon halved widthwise

Instructions

Indirect Grilling

  • Preheat your grill to 400°F following your grills manufacturers instructions and set up for indirect grilling.
  • Cut the top of each jalapeño so you can remove all the seeds. The top of the jalapeño is the end with the stem. Make sure you do not throw the tops away, these are important.
  • Stuff each jalapeño full of your favorite cheese, or cheese mix. Once each jalapeño is stuffed, replace the tops back on the secure closed with a strip of bacon and a toothpick or small skewer (this is important otherwise your cheese will escape).
  • Place the jalapeños on the grill away from the heat source, making sure you have a drip pan underneath. Lay the jalapeños straight on the grill plates or on a grilling rack or tray if you have one.
  • You are looking to cook the jalapeños until the bacon has grilled to golden brown and crispy. This will take around 20 – 25 minutes.
  • When serving be very careful, the cheese inside is extremely hot. If possible you are best to wait 5 minutes before eating to avoid mouth burns.

Smoking

  • Preheat your smoker to 260°F following your smokers manufacturers instructions.
  • Cut the top of each jalapeño so you can remove all the seeds. The top of the jalapeño is the end with the stem.
  • Stuff each jalapeño full of your favorite cheese, or cheese mix. Once each jalapeño is stuffed, replace the tops back on the secure closed with a strip of bacon and a toothpick or small skewer (this is important otherwise your cheese will escape).
  • Place the jalapeños on your smoker racks (with a drip pan underneath) and smoke for 3 hours. Rotate the racks every 3 hours.
  • You are looking for the bacon to be crispy and golden brown.
  • When serving be very careful, the cheese inside is extremely hot. If possible you are best to wait 5 minutes before eating to avoid mouth burns. 

Smoke On!

Charlie

Author: Charlie Reeves
Hi, I’m Charlie, I am head taste tester at Simply Meat Smoking! I love it grilling, smoking, and getting out in the yard with the kids! The family also love to test all my recipes (especially my EXTRA CRISPY pulled pork, smoky pork loin, and ANY SEAFOOD I grill)

You will usually find me playing with the kids, perfecting my brisket bark, or sipping beers with boys around the fire. Can’t wait to share all my delicious smoking and grilling adventures with you!

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