6large jalapenossliced lengthwise, seed and ribs removed
8ouncessoftened cream cheese
6strips baconcult in half
Prepare charcoal or gas grill to medium heat.
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.
Baked Jalapeno Poppers:Instead of grilling, 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.
Feel free to add up to 1/2 cup shredded cheese to cream cheese mixture for Cheesy Jalapeno Poppers.
You can pre-make these poppers for a party up to 3 days in advance and just finish on the grill to heat through and finish cooking the bacon.
Wear disposable gloves when dealing with jalapenos or wash your hands thoroughly after handling and do not touch your eyes or mouth.