Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

Close up of the jalapeño poppers showing charred toothpicks holding them together.
This recipe is provided by Dipper's Backyard BBQ Wars

Jalapeño poppers are a popular American finger food appetizer to eat at outdoor barbecue gatherings. The gentleness of the cream cheese counters the heat of the jalapeño peppers, creating the perfect balance. Even if you like spicy food, be careful when you prepare the peppers to not get the oil on your hands.

Each pepper is halved and filled with a cream cheese filling. It is then wrapped in a piece of streaky bacon and grilled. The resulting parcel is a perfect finger food to share with friends and family. 

There are a lot of ways to modify this recipe to fit your personal tastes. Replace the hot jalapeño pepper with mild mini bell pepper. Substitute the spices for your favorite rub, and add some additional cheese to the cream cheese for a slight twist.

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Close-up of a bacon wrapped jalapeño pepper poppers on a grill.
The bacon wrapped around the cream cheesed jalapeño half helps hold the popper together and adds flavor.
A stack of grilled jalapeño poppers on a chopping board waiting to be eaten.
Remove the toothpicks to serve or leave in to pick-up finger free.
Raw jalapeño poppers prepared and laid out waiting to be cooked.
Prepare all the jalapeño poppers before lighting the grill to start cooking.
Close up of the jalapeño poppers showing charred toothpicks holding them together.
Soaking the toothpicks helps to stop them burning while they are grilling.

Grilled Jalapeño Poppers Recipe

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This recipe is provided by Dipper’s Backyard BBQ Wars.
Close up of the jalapeño poppers showing charred toothpicks holding them together.
Jalapeño poppers are a popular American finger food appetizer to eat at outdoor barbecue gatherings. The gentleness of the cream cheese counters the heat of the jalapeño peppers.
Preparation 40 minutes
Cook 40 minutes
Ready in 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 4 Servings
CourseAppetizer
InfluenceGlobal
DifficultySeasoned
MethodGrill
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Ingredients

  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 cup cream cheese
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic
  • 1 teaspoon granulated onion
  • 2 teaspoons sweet paprika
  • 24 pieces streaky bacon

Equipment

  • 24 toothpicks

Directions

  • Prepare a grill for indirect high heat.
  • Cut the jalapeño peppers in half and remove the seeds.
  • Combine the cream cheese, cayenne pepper, garlic, onion, and sweet paprika in a small bowl.
  • Fill each half of the jalapeño peppers with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Wrap each pepper in a piece of bacon then use a toothpick to hold it in place.
  • Cook for 30 to 40 minutes until the bacon starts to darken and caramelize.
  • Remove the jalapeño poppers from the grill then cool slightly so as not to scold people's mouths, but serve while still warm.

Nutritional Information

Calories: 272kcalCarbohydrates: 7gProtein: 4gFat: 26gSaturated Fat: 14gPolyunsaturated Fat: 2gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gCholesterol: 63mgSodium: 190mgPotassium: 221mgFiber: 2gSugar: 4gVitamin A: 1811IUVitamin C: 50mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 1mg

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