Bacon wrapped jalapeños are stuffed with cream cheese and baked or grilled. These little bastards make a great appetizer or finger food for a football party. Bacon wrapped jalapeños are really simple and just damn good food.
Are Jalapeno Peppers Good For You
Oh hell yeah, jalapeno peppers are definitely good for you! First of all, jalapenos are high in vitamins C and A, both of which are great for your immune system. Jalapeno peppers also contain a chemical called capsaicin. Capsaicin has been linked to natural pain relieving properties. Some studies have shown capsaicin to even make food more filling. This is a huge benefit if you are trying to lose weight.
How To Grill Jalapeno Poppers With Bacon
The first time I made bacon wrapped jalapenos was in the oven when some friends came over for a football game. Everyone thought they were “the shit”, not to be confused with being “shit”, which sucks ass. During the summer though, it is time to toss them on the grill. I’ve tried these par cooked and cooked them at a high heat for about 20 minutes. They were good too but then I decided lower and slower would be easier than par cooking. So instead of cooking at 425º F., I cooked them over indirect heat at a lower temperature and longer time. Also, screw the par-cooking. It adds more work and I want simple fun food.
What Temp To Cook Jalapeno Poppers
Since my bacon wrapped jalapenos are stuffed with cream cheese, the main thing that needs cooking is the bacon. If the bacon is not fully cooked, these will probably be total shit and suck ass. I am shooting for a temperature of about 325º F. for this recipe. The problem I found when I baked them at 425º in the oven for 20 minutes is that the peppers never cooked all the way through. That’s not a huge problem if you like a little crunch, but I like them a bit more cooked.
What To Bake Jalapeno Poppers On
There are a couple of ways to make bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers. One is to cut off the tops, clean out the insides and fill the middle with cream cheese. Then the peppers are wrapped in bacon. You can use a toothpick to hold the bacon on if needed. This method makes it necessary to prop up the jalapenos so the cheese doesn’t drip off when they cook which sucks. I have used a small muffin pan to propped these up, however, they make roasters just for this purpose which work really well. The other way to make these is to cut the peppers in half, scoop out the insides, add the cream cheese and wrap each half with bacon. The poppers are then placed cheese side up on a baking sheet, or if grilling, on indirect heat on the grill grate. They do not need to be turned, ever.
What Sauce For Jalapeno Poppers
I generally keep the sauce pretty damn simple. Good ole blue cheese or ranch dressing works great. Some people like barbecue sauce with their poppers, I like a creamier sauce to cut the pepper down some of the heat. It is really a matter of taste so use whatever floats your boat.
What Cheese For Jalapeno Poppers
Any soft cheese works great with bacon wrapped jalapenos. Cream cheese is the most popular, but I’ve also used goat cheese or a combination of cream cheese and goat cheese.
There is one important tip you should always use when working with bacon wrapped jalapenos. Wear food grade gloves when handling. The oils on the peppers can stay on your hands even after you have washed them with soap and water. There is nothing worse than rubbing your eye after you have handled a hot pepper with bare hands.
How to Roast
I used a mini muffin pan to hold up the jalapeno poppers which worked well, however, the bottoms of the peppers were soaked in the bacon grease. To get the peppers out of the grease, use a pepper roaster. This keeps the peppers out of the grease and helps cook the bacon more evenly. These roasters often come with a Jalapeno core remover. While these work fine, a vegetable peeler can work well too.
Note: this recipe originally appeared on the Culinary Camper in 2015. It has been updated to make the damn thing easier and more enjoyable. Try them, they are damn delicious!
Bacon Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers
Bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are a great appetizer full of spicy goodness.
- 8 - 12 large jalapeno peppers
- 1 pkg soft cream cheese
- 8 - 12 slices thin bacon
Preheat the oven or grill to 325F.
Clean each pepper by cutting off the top where the stem is located. Take a knife or a vegetable peeler and scoop out the seeds.
Fill each jalapeno with soft cream cheese.
Wrap each jalapeno with one slice of bacon and secure with one or two wooden toothpicks if needed. Alternatively, if you have a jalapeno roaster, you can set the bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers in the roast which should hold the bacon in place.
Place on the grill over indirect heat at 325° F for about 60 minutes or until bacon is cooked. Let cool slightly before serving. The bacon and cheese will be extremely hot.
Alternatively, you can smoke the poppers on a smoker at 225º F. for 90 minutes. If cooking in an oven, be sure to have a drip pan under the jalapenos as the bacon will drip quite a bit.