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 for watching the game, camping or as party food.

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

The combination of melted cheese and crispy bacon is heavenly.

The first time you make them, they can be tricky.

So follow my 5 super simple steps bacon-wrapped jalapenos poppers

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Why We Love Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers?

Jalapeno poppers are the perfect food for cookouts, game day and just about any gathering.

Adults and kids both love them! They are always the first thing to run out at our cookouts!

Who can resist cream cheese stuffed instead juicy peppers then wrapped in crispy bacon?

The smoker does a great job of adding a smoky flavor but ensuring the bacon is perfectly crisp.

Don’t have a smoker? Don’t worry you can also do these on a grill. See my instructions for that further down.

Smoked Jalapeno Popper Ingredients

Jalapenos. We estimate 3 poppers per person. Cooking for five people? You’ll need 15 jalapenos peppers.

Seasonings. Use 4 tsp dried onion, 2 tsp garlic powder, 2 teaspoons smoked paprika, and 2 tsp meat church honey hog spice (optional). If you like the heat, add chili powder or red pepper flakes.

Bacon. You’ll need 15 slices bacon. If you’re using small jalapenos peppers you may need to cut the bacon in half.

Cheese. You can either use just cream cheese or a mixture of cream cheese and cheddar. For the mix of the two, use 4 ounces of shredded cheddar cheese 4 ounces cream cheese. Just using cream cheese use 8 ounces cream cheese

Toothpicks: Don’t forget the toothpicks, they hold everything together.

How Long to Smoke Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers?

Smoke the jalapeno peppers for 50-80 minutes or until the pepper is soft and the bacon is crispy.

You can place the jalapeno poppers under the broiler if you want extra crispy bacon.

How to Make Smoked Jalapeno Poppers – Recipe and Steps.

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. What Temperature to Smoke Jalapeno Poppers At?

First, preheat your smoker or pellet grill to 260°F

2. How to Clean The Jalapenos Peppers

You just need to cut the jalapeno pepper and in half long ways and take out the seeds.

You can use a knife or spoon to do this. Plus the bacon that he uses to wrap the poppers.

Note: Cut and seed the jalapenos under water. This reduces the spicy fumes hanging about in the kitchen.

3. Make Your Cream Cheese Mixture

Place the cream cheese (you can use smoked cream cheese if you have it) and cheddar cheese in a bowl.

We used 4 ounces of cream cheese and 4 ounces of cheddar cheese or sharp cheddar cheese.

Then add the dried onions, garlic powder, smoked paprika and meat church honey hog spice

4. Then Stuff Your Jalapenos and Wrap Them in a Slice of Bacon

Take a jalapeno half and fill with the cream cheese mixture.

Then you wrap the jalapeno in a slice of bacon. Use a toothpick to keep the bacon in place.

5. Smoke The Jalapeno Poppers

Once the smoker has reached 260°F, place the trays of jalapeno poppers on the grill grates.

Rotate them every hour.

Leave them in the smoker for 50 -80 minutes or until the bacon is crispy and the jalapeno pepper has softened.

If you want them extra crispy, place them over your oven broiler for a few minutes.

6. Remove From The Smoker and Enjoy

After 60 minutes the bacon was crispy and jalapenos were soft, so we removed them from the smoker.

Let the jalapeno poppers cool for a couple of minutes or you will have molten hot cheese dripping down your chin!

Need to Store and Reheat Leftover Jalapeno Poppers?

If you have leftover bacon wrapper poppers place them in an airtight container and store them in the fridge for 4 days.

They are best can reheat in an airfryer or oven. This ensure the bacon stays crispy. Try to avoid using the microwave to reheat them.

What to Serve With Jalapeno Poppers?

It’s best to serve jalapeno poppers with a refreshing sauce to dip in

Below are our favorite sauces to use;

Tzatziki

Lime And Avocado Crema

Ranch

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
  • 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

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Smoked Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

Once you serve up smoked jalapeno wrapped in bacon your friends and family will be begging you to make them again! Jalapenos have a fantastic natural flavor. Smoking them brings out a totally different side that I have never experienced before.
I highly recommend using cheddar cheese in your filling and don't forget to wrap them in bacon!
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time2 hrs
Total Time2 hrs 10 mins
Course: Appetizer, Side Dish
Cuisine: Barbecue, grill
Servings: 5 people
Calories: 200kcal
Author: Charlie
Cost: 9

Ingredients

  • 250 ounces cream cheese
  • 250 grams your favorite cheese shredded cheddar cheese, blue cheese or goats cheese work really well
  • 15 large jalapeño peppers
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 2 tsp smoked paprika
  • 4 tsp dried onion
  • 1 tsp honey
  • 10 slices bacon halved widthwise

Instructions

Indirect Grilling

  • Preheat your grill to 350°F
  • Slice the thejalapeño long way you can remove all the seeds.
  • Place the cream cheese, shredded cheese, dried onion, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili flakes (optional) in a bowl and mix.
  • Stuff each half of the jalapeño full of your cheese mix. Once each jalapeño is stuffed, wrap in a strip of bacon and a toothpick (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.
  • Slice the thejalapeño long way you can remove all the seeds.
  • Place the cream cheese, shredded cheese, dried onion, garlic powder, smoked paprika, and chili flakes (optional) in a bowl and mix.
  • Stuff each half of the jalapeño full of your cheese mix. Once each jalapeño is stuffed, wrap in a strip of bacon and a toothpick (this is important otherwise your cheese will escape).
  • Place the jalapeños on your smoker racks (with a drip pan underneath) and smoke for 50 – 80 minutes. Rotate the racks every 30 minutes
  • 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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