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grilled jalapeno poppers
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Grilled Jalapeño Poppers

Grilled Jalapeño Poppers are the perfect game day food, whether you're tailgating or watching the big game from home. This is an appetizer that is easy to make and is always a crowd pleaser.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time25 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Barbecue
Keyword: jalapeno poppers
Servings: 6
Calories: 197kcal


  • grill


  • 4 oz cream cheese softened
  • ½ cup mozzarella cheese shredded
  • cup green onion sliced
  • ¼ tsp garlic powder
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 6 jalapeño peppers
  • 6 slices bacon
  • 1 Tb BBQ rub


  • Allow your cream cheese to soften on your counter for at least 30 minutes before beginning.
  • Heat up your grill or smoker for indirect heat around 400°
  • Blend the cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, green onion, garlic powder and onion powder in a medium bowl until all the ingredients are fully incorporated.
  • Cut the tops off of the peppers and slice them in half from top to bottom. Use a spoon to scrape the seeds out of the middle.
  • Transfer the cheese mixture into a zip top bag and snip off a bottom corner of the bag with scissors. Use this as a piping bag to easily pipe the cream cheese filling into each of the pepper boats.
  • Cut the bacon slices in 1/2. Wrap each 1/2 slice of bacon around a stuffed jalapeño half.
  • Sprinkle BBQ rub all over the tops of the jalapeño poppers.
  • Transfer the jalapeño poppers directly to the grill grate over indirect heat for about 20-25 minutes.



If jalapeño peppers are too spicy for you, substitute sweet peppers instead.
We recommend wearing nitrile gloves while handling/cutting jalapeño peppers.
We used the Country Smokers Traveler to grill these jalapeño poppers.


Serving: 2poppers | Calories: 197kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 6g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 266mg | Potassium: 128mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 553IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 92mg | Iron: 1mg