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Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Peppers

Updated on March 5, 2014

Sinfully Delicious Appetizers, Wrapped in Bacon

I've never been a jalapeno fan, but I planted four jalapeno plants in my garden this year just for salsa and for my husband who loves the spicy peppers. After tasting Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers I'm a true jalapeno convert. Thank you bacon and cream cheese? They say anything is better when wrapped in bacon, and stuffed with cream cheese and it's most certainly true.

I can't get enough of these wonderful, decadent, mildly tangy, yet sweet and creamy addictive treats. But hey, it's not just a treat, it's a vegetable, a pepper, so it's healthy and good for you. Right? Well, the bacon is protein, and cream cheese is dairy, so it's actually a well balanced food. Yeah, just keep saying it enough times and I'll make it so.

Not only did I use all the peppers in my garden, but begged jalapeno peppers from neighbors and friends. Here is an appetizer that will be the hit of the party or barbecue. Just see if you can make enough.

In case you're wondering, I took all the photos below, much to my husbands amusement, he doesn't share my food photography passion as much as I do, he just likes to eat.

Create a Riot with Bacon - Wrap Peppers in Bacon

Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

There are many recipes on the internet for bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers and I'm sure they are all good, I mean why wouldn't it be good, it's wrapped in bacon. But I'll give you a few tips, a few variations, and fair warning about potential mishaps along the way.

There are a few secrets to making jalapeno poppers which will make your life, your palette, and taste buds happy.

I don't like hot foods, mild is more my flavor so a few precautions are needed before you start cutting and stuffing the peppers.

1. Wear rubber gloves, liquid and juice in the jalapenos can burn and if you lick your lips the sting will stay for a while.

2. Don't touch your face when cleaning jalapenos or any hot peppers, especially your eyes, or nose

3. Peppers in the fridge will get milder over time.

Jalapeno Roasting Pan - Keeps Filling from Spilling

My husband likes his jalapeno poppers whole, to me they are too hot and I can't get all the seeds out and don't like the spicy surprise. It's a challenge to grill the whole jalapenos without the cream cheese and filling melting and spilling onto the grill.

King Kooker 36JR Stainless-Steel 36-Hole Jalapeno Rack with Corer
King Kooker 36JR Stainless-Steel 36-Hole Jalapeno Rack with Corer

This jalapeno rack holds 36 peppers of different sizes. Unlike other racks where all the holes are the same size this has small and large holes to hold the tiny peppers and larger "Big Boy" poppers.

It's really important when using a jalapeno roasting rack to keep the grill on low as the bottoms of the peppers could easily burn.

This rack even comes with a jalapeno corer to scoop out the seeds, a very handy tool.

 
  • Prep time: 30 min
  • Cook time: 30 min
  • Ready in: 1 hour
  • Yields: 4

Ingredients

  • 20 jalapeno peppers
  • 1 lb bacon
  • 1 package cream cheese (room temperature)
  • Onion Seasoning
  • Toothpicks

Instructions

  1. Mix cream cheese with seasoning. Allow to site until peppers are prepped
  2. Using a knife or kitchen scissors, cut the bacon into thirds. Easy to do this in the package
  3. WARNING Wear gloves for steps 3 & 4
  4. Slice jalapenos lengthwise, leaving a stem on one half
  5. Use a small spoon and scoop out the seeds and white membrane (this is where the heat lives) If you like spicy hot, then save the seeds and put them into the cream cheese
  6. Using a small spoon scoop the cream cheese mixture into the hollowed sections of the jalapenos
  7. Wrap a piece of bacon around the pepper and cream cheese, secure with a toothpick
  8. Grill on top rack on low to med heat around 300F with lid closed for about 30 minutes or until bacon is nicely browned. (can also be cooked in the oven at 325F on a broiler pan to allow the fat to drip away from the peppers)
  9. Watch carefully, if the grill is too hot the bacon fat will melt too quickly and drip onto the burners causing flares and will burn your poppers. Do not walk away from the grill for more than a minute or two at a time.
  10. Check on the progress about every 5 minutes, if the grill is smoking, it's too HOT, if the grill is glowing orange, it's too hot. SLOW heat will cook the bacon without burning the peppers.
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Grill on LOW Heat - This is NOT low heat

Don't do this! I repeat, unless you like charred, burned peppers, the consistency of charcoal, don't do this.

This is a case of the distracted chef trying to do too many things at the same time. Put someone else in charge of setting the table, getting the drinks and entertaining your guests. Better yet, entertain your guest at the grill.

You will see whole and split peppers in this photo, and the cream cheese is already wanting to escape from the peppers due to the heat. My dear husband did eat the slightly, and even more severely blackened jalapeno poppers, he's so nice, but have have made four more batches since this escapade and learned. Keep the heat low.

Create Custom Fillings

Be Creative with your jalapeno fillings. Try adding the following to the cream cheese mixture

Shredded cheese

Slice of ham

Slice of cooked chicken

Crushed pineapple

Chilli powder

Glaze bacon midway with barbeque sauce

Secret to Grilling Jalapeno Poppers - The Details in Cooking Make a Difference

Having the right tools and ingredients make all the difference when you grill.

Sometimes the "secret" ingredient the chef uses that you just can't get at home. There are a variety of ways you can make your jalapeno poppers unique and have your dinner guest coming back for more.

Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner
Char-Broil Classic 4-Burner Gas Grill with Side Burner

Don't try and grill your jalapenos on a charcoal grill. You need a gas grill with a very controlled temperature control and thermometer.

Cook these babies on low, if you don't the bacon fat will melt too fast and cause flare-ups.

 
Weber 6610 Original Tongs
Weber 6610 Original Tongs

Weber is the name for grilling and this pair of barbeque tongs is easy to open and close, yet long enough to gently reach your food without getting burned.

My husband has BBQ tongs which are almost like weapons. I need two hands to close them.

 
WESTERN RED CHILI PLATTER 16-1/2"L,
WESTERN RED CHILI PLATTER 16-1/2"L,

Serve your jalapeno poppers on a bright red pepper tray. Perfect addition to the picnic table and for company.

 

Jalapeno Quiz

How Do You Like Your Jalapenos

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More Outdoor Grilling Supplies - Create an outdoor kitchen

Many people entertain outdoors more than in the house, outdoor cooking requires additional cooking tools and supplies to address grilling picnic challenges.

The Go Plate-Clear-10 Pack
The Go Plate-Clear-10 Pack

I absolutely love this plate idea. How many times have your been to a barbeque, picnic or party and tried to juggle a drink and your plate at the same time?

Place your beer, adult beverage, or pop in the center hole and eat your food with one hand free.

GREAT IDEA!!

 
Lodge LDP3 Reversible Grill/Griddle, 9.5-inch x 16.75-inch
Lodge LDP3 Reversible Grill/Griddle, 9.5-inch x 16.75-inch

Cook pancakes on the grill, small pizza or delicate fish all on the barbeque.

 
Weber Style 6434 Professional-Grade Vegetable Basket
Weber Style 6434 Professional-Grade Vegetable Basket

Grill vegetables in this grilling basket. Slices zucchini, mushrooms, onions, potatoes can all be cooked on the grill outside without fear of them falling into the fire.

 

More Jalapeno Recipes - Give a Gift of Jalapenos to a Friend

If you love jalapenos, love to cook, and love to garden this Kindle online book. I store recipes on Pinterest and my phone so I can pull them up at any time. I rarely use cookbooks anymore and they just collect dust.

When I do find a recipe I like I take pictures, create a blog, or article post and put it on the internet to PIN on Pinterest so I can easily reference it in the future.

Peppers To Poppers - Zesty Jalapeno Popper Snacks Made Easy
Peppers To Poppers - Zesty Jalapeno Popper Snacks Made Easy

This Kindle book is 30 pages of how to become the Zen master of jalapeno poppers. Have the book on your phone, iPad or Kindle to keep recipes at your fingertips.

 

If you have any other tips, cooking secrets drop me a note. Have another recipe? Please share. I love to PIN food onto my Pinterest page, it's our secret obsession at work.

Do You Like to Cook Outdoors? - Leave a comment, let me know you were here.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @EmmaGraceEllis LM: I'm glad you liked the recipe, I haven't deep fat fried my poppers, mainly because I'm not a big frying person, just the prep and the mess.But they sound really good. I like experimenting with different fillings also. Someone suggested minced popcorn shrimp, which sounds divine. Thanks for stopping by!

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      EmmaGraceEllis LM 3 years ago

      I can vouch for this recipe! It is absolutely DELICIOUS!!

      My husband and i make this often.

      we have made many variations to try out different things too :-)

      eg- dicing up some extra bacon and frying until crisp and throwing it in the cream cheese mix

      -add some '3 cheeses' grated too

      - after filling submerge in milk, roll in flour, allow to dry/set for 10 mins, re-submerge in milk, then roll in breadcrumbs, allow to dry for 10 mins again (repeat milk and breadcrumb coating twice more. Before deep frying, allow to dry again for 10 minutes - super careful when eating after deep frying- hubby and i can never wait long enough :-)

      Such a yummy recipe, brilliant lens and i love the Jalapeno rack and corer- this would save so much time and frustrations that goes with preparing this ;-)

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      Paula Hite 3 years ago from Virginia

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      chris-rankin-731 3 years ago

      We avoid jalapenos like the plague. Hot bothers us so much that we only buy or make very mild salsa. BUT your recipe intrigues me. I (male) do most of the cooking and I like to experiment. The boss (wife) won't vary a smidgen from the words in the recipe and if it's got more than four ingredients, it doesn't get tried. Cooking on the kitchen stove is enough of a challenge for me, much less venturing out to the patio. The only grill we have is an electric George Foreman outdoor grill. But I like to cook and experiment. Eating out all the time is too expensive and the boss just doesn't like to cook. I don't have a recipe to share (my recipes would be old hat to any routine cook) but I will share this. I bought two of the "as seen on tv" single induction cooktops (about $65 each, net. They're great. They're safe, no hot areas except where the pot bottom touches the cooking surface. They're fast, a lot faster than our ceramic cooktop range. And they have a digital display that let's you adjust the surface temp in 5 or 10 degree increments. They definitely use considerably less power and contribute far less heat to the kitchen. We also invested in new cookware, Circulon Infinite (being discontinued but still available on Amazon in sets) Circulon has many lines of cookware, mostly non-stick, but the Infinite line is dishwasher safe (and induction compatible), while almost all non-stick regardless of brand is not. This stuff along with the induction cooktops is great. We added to these, the Lodge brand of a 10.5" skillet casserole (two different depth cast iron skillets, which serve as covers for each other, and a similarly sized cast iron grill pan, a cast iron bacon press, a couple of cast iron trivets and a couple of Lodge tempered glass lids that match the skillets. We gave all of our old cookware, mostly caphalon and cuisinart to our local pet rescue thrift store. Anyway, these details may not seem important, but my joy in cooking has increased dramatically and I now am convinced good quality cookware and equipment is important to enjoying the cooking experience along with good ingredients and fresh spices. Thanks for letting me vent. Venting doesn't have to be a bad thing.

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      juan-lapin 3 years ago

      Hi, it's LordWabbit here, we follow each other on twitter. You might like to check out shmoozezone.com a social media site that I help admin. It has more features than any of the other sites, including a cool recipe module and the ability to cross post blogs both of which features in particular would be of interest to you we thinks.

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Yes, please! I LOVE cheese stuffed bacon wrapped jalapenos! I make these so often, I think it is time to invest in a grill rack.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      My son taught me how to do these in the oven. I really like the thought of doing these on a grill. They are soooo good! Very good lens about this wonderful treat.

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      TanoCalvenoa 3 years ago

      Wow, these look awesome. I love jalapenos, bacon, and cream cheese. Sounds amazingly good.

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      @SavioC: Enjoy your poppers, my stepson likes them HOT HOT HOT too, he just forwarded me a jalapeno dip recipe which uses everything here, except in layers.

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      SavioC 3 years ago

      This is a must try for me. Why ? I just love jalapenos (the hotter the better is where I voted). Recently one of my friend who recently opened a restaurant made me a super cocktail which had finely sliced jalapenos and every time I enter the place the bartender makes me one without me even ordering one. So I am going to make this recipe you suggested (as it's the easiest one which hardly needs any cooking skills & I do not have any). And I am going to back here and tell you how it was. By its looks I can say it's going to be HOT HOT & HOT. So Thank You for sharing this. Cheers.

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      Susan Deppner 3 years ago from Arkansas USA

      Mmmm, mmmm, mmmmm! Love these things! What a cool jalapeno cooking rack - necessity is the mother of invention, apparently. Thanks for sharing!