Grilled Jalapeno Poppers: Spicy jalapenos are stuffed with a smoky cream cheese filling, wrapped in bacon, and grilled to perfection for one spicy, creamy bite that is sure to light any appetite on fire!
A few years ago, my husband and I attended his colleague’s Christmas party were we all brought an appetizer to share.
I made my Bacon Wrapped Dates, which I knew would be a huge success, since who dosen’t love something wrapped in bacon?! And they were a huge hit and one of the first appetizers to disappear, but there was another goodie wrapped in bacon that won for the best appetizer–Jalapeno Poppers. And you guys, they were smoked in a smokehouse. OH MY WORD!!
They were creamy, salty, spicy and the smokehouse flavor lingered in each bite. I am pretty sure the only thing that kept my husband from eating them all by himself was that he had to wash each one down with a drink, because they were a bit spicy.
Ever since that night, he has asked me to make Jalapeno Poppers at home. I knew that I could not perfectly replicate the smokehouse flavor, but could come close by adding some smoked paprika to the cream cheese mixture and grilling the poppers over a charcoal grill.
The question is did I succeed? Well, my husband’s eyes rolled back into his head after one bite. That should tell you how good they were. I am telling you, you MUST give these Grilled Jalapeno Poppers a try–they are out of this world good!
- 6 large jalapenos, sliced lengthwise, seed and ribs removed
- 8 ounces softened cream cheese
- 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ½ teaspoon onion powder
- 6 strips bacon, cult in half
- Prepare charcoal grill to medium heat (or gas grill.)
- Pre-cook bacon on paper towel lined plate in the microwave for 2 minutes.
- Combine cream cheese with paprika, garlic, onion powder and salt.
- Fill the cavity of each jalapeno with the cream cheese mixture.
- Wrap a slice of bacon around each jalapeno. You can secure with a toothpick if needed--I have found I don't need one.
- Place on grill over direct heat, for 10-15 minutes, or until bacon is crispy on the bottom. (Will be less time on a gas grill.)
- If you would like bacon crispier on the top--pop under broiler for 1-2 minutes. But pre-cooking the bacon, usually eliminates that step.
- Alternatively, you can wrap the bacon around the jalapenos without pre-cooking and bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes--the bacon fat will render directly into your jalapeno, making it super tasty.
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