Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers

Close up of red and green cheesy jalapeno poppers sitting upright being cooked.

A spicy way to start any barbecue, these cheesy jalapeno poppers keep the pepper whole and are cooked in a unique frame to allow this. However, there is an option for a more traditional grilling method if you don’t have one of these.

The cheese stuffing uses the traditional cream cheese but adds some shredded American cheddar for that extra cheesy flavor. This also goes well with the bacon which is added to the stuffing.

If spicy isn’t your thing, then be sure to remove all the seeds and the white pith. If this is still too spicy the jalapeno peppers can be exchanged for small bell peppers.

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Red and green whole stuffed jalapeno peppers sitting in a rach in a barbecue.
The whole stuffed peppers are placed in a reach specially designed to keep them upright so the filling doesn’t ooze out.
Close up of stuffed jalapeno peppers
The poppers (stuffed jalepeno peppers) are cooked when the peppers are soft and the cheese filling is melted and oozy.
Green stuffed janapeno peppers wrapped in bacon cooking on a grill.
If you don’t have the frame to cook the poppers then they can be wrapped in bacon and cooked directly on the grill. The bacon helps protect the jalepeno.
Close up of red and green cheesy jalapeno poppers sitting upright being cooked.
The small size of japapeno poppers makes them ideal finger food as a starter to any barbecue or outdoor meal.

Cheesy Jalapeno Popper Recipe

Close up of red and green cheesy jalapeno poppers sitting upright being cooked.
A fun finger food that is easily cooked on any BBQ or smoker.
Preparation 30 minutes
Cook 30 minutes
Ready in 1 hour
Servings 6
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  • 12 jalapeno peppers (about 3 inches | 10cm long)
  • 12 mini sweet peppers red and yellow
  • 8 oz cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup shredded American cheddar cheese
  • 1 rashers bacon cooked and crumbled
  • cayenne pepper to taste
  • Slap Yo’ Daddy "Love Me Tender" All Purpose Rub -Hot
  • bacon to wrap if needed


  • popper rack


  • Preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F (150 degrees C).
  • Cut off the stem of the jalapeno peppers and sweet peppers then make a slit ¾ ways down one side and gently remove any seeds.
    Tip: If you like your poppers spicy, leave the seeds inside of the jalapeno.
  • Mix the softened cream cheese, grated cheddar, and crumbled bacon in a bowl. Add some Slap Yo’ Daddy Hot Rub, to taste.
  • Stuff the prepared peppers with the cheese mix.
  • Option 1 – Using a popper rack, place the prepared peppers in it to cook.
    Option 2 – Wrap the pepper with a bacon strip and secure it with a toothpick. These are then cooked directly on a grill rack.
  • Place the prepared popper in the preheated smoker and cook until they are softened and the cheese has melted; about 30 minutes.
  • Remove and dust the cooked jalapeño poppers with some Slap Yo’ Daddy Hot Rub and serve immediately.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 248kcalCarbohydrates: 8gProtein: 8gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 12gPolyunsaturated Fat: 1gMonounsaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0.01gCholesterol: 59mgSodium: 275mgPotassium: 267mgFiber: 2gSugar: 5gVitamin A: 2886IUVitamin C: 105mgCalcium: 179mgIron: 0.5mg

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