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These easy and delicious bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers are filled with cheese and grilled to crispy perfection! Made with only FIVE simple ingredients!
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Do you guys follow me over on Instagram? A couple of weeks ago I shared some happy mail. I got my very FIRST Traeger grill.
You know what this means? Summer just got a whole lot tastier.
But really, I was a little intimidated. My husband has always been the one to man the grill, so I wasn’t even sure where to start. Turns out, Traeger had me covered. They included super simple step by step instructions and within an hour we were up and running!
We decided to keep our first recipe rather simple. Something easy with minimal ingredients that is almost no-fail. Enter the:
Traeger Smoked Jalapeno Popper Recipe
These are SO DANG GOOD. So good, in fact, that we have made them at least three times in the last few weeks. The secret ingredient is Traegers Veggie Rub which adds a bold flavor to the filling. Pair that with bacon and peppers and you have got one killer appetizer.
Ingredients for jalapeno poppers:
- Cream cheese
- Cheddar cheese
- Traeger Veggie Rub
- Fresh jalapenos
- Bacon, thin sliced
How to make Jalapeno poppers on a smoker or grill:
Once you have assembled the ingredients, prep is rather simple.
- Slice your jalapenos in half lengthwise. Scrape the seeds and membrane with a spoon. Rinse and set aside.
- Combine soft cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and veggie rub into a medium bowl. Stir until fully incorporated.
- Fill your jalapeno halves with a heaping tablespoon of the cheese mixture.
- Wrap one piece of bacon around each popper.
- Grill or smoke for 15-20 minutes or until the peppers are soft and the bacon is crispy.
Should you place jalapeno poppers directly onto the grill?
This is the BEST question. Should you place the poppers directly onto the grill grates?
Yes. Or no. That really is up to you. We have cooked them both directly onto the grill grates and in a tin. Both ways turned out incredible.
If you place them directly onto the grates you get a more crisp finish. In a pan gives you a soft roasted pepper.
The secret to crisp bacon grilled jalapeno poppers:
Temperature is key to a perfect grilled jalapeno popper. If we set the peppers directly onto the grate we stick with 375 degrees. If they are cooked in a tin pan we like to up the temp to 420. Whatever you decide, keep a close eye on the peppers as they cook and determine the temperature that works the best for you.
*Coming soon… How to clean your Traeger between uses.
This recipe works great on both smokers and grills. So don’t be afraid to try it with your favorite cooking method! An easy appetizer that will have everyone begging for the recipe!
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