Plates of smokin' hot poppers ready to eatHow hot and smoky do you like your foods? Do you love when spicy foods give you a kick in the mouth and make your tongue tingle? I love a good spicy snack. And, if you’re like me, you’re in for a treat today.  These are some seriously flavorful jalapenos wrapped up in bacon and smoked on the grill. Oh, and stuffed with chipotle cream cheese and smoked weiners.  Spicy food lovers rejoice, because this game day snack is not for the faint of heart!

What’s even better about this snack is that anyone can make them.  You don’t need to have a smoker to get that smoky flavor.  We have the perfect technique to infuse that smokiness into these jalapeno poppers.  You need some wood chips, a safety-pin, and two disposable aluminum pans.  When choosing wood chips most will do, but Mr. Big Flavors’ has fallen in love with pecan.   Pecan wood chips give a smoky almost sweet flavor.  You will still taste the jalapeno and bacon, and not be overwhelmed by smokiness.  As far as aluminium pans go, you’ll need two that are the same length and width, but one more shallow than the other.  Take your safety-pin and use it to poke holes all around the sides of the shallow pan.  Add your woodchips to the deeper pan.  Set the shallow pan in or on top of the deeper pan and fold over the edges to seal.  You’re ready to get smokin’!  Just cover with foil and put the pan on the grill.  In about 35 minutes you’ll have a spicy and flavorful snack!

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I love the different textures and flavors going on in these poppers.  Even though they pack some heat, you can still taste the salty bacon and smoked weiner.  The cream cheese melts and coats the jalapeno, complimenting it perfectly.  But, the cream cheese brings a kick of its own.  Plus, the chipotle in adobo that gets mixed into the cream cheese really adds depth in flavor.  These poppers are a perfect way to use up the peppers from your garden and satisfy a crowd of hungry football enthusiasts (especially Bills fans!).  These little snacks are addicting, so plan on making plenty for the game.  And, keep enough of your favorite brew on hand because you’re going to need it to wash these spicy snacks down.

Huge plate of Bacon Wrapped Smokin' Hot poppers

Bacon Wrapped Smokin’ Hot Poppers

Serves 30
Prep time 45 minutes
Cook time 30 minutes
Total time 1 hours, 15 minutes
Meal type Appetizer, Snack, Starter

Ingredients

  • 15 jalapenos (sliced in half, seeds and ribs removed)
  • 8oz cream cheese (very soft)
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle in adobo
  • 1/4 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 package of smoked cocktail weiners (cut in half depending on size of jalapenos)
  • 1/2lb slab bacon (cut into thirds and quarters depending on size of jalapenos)

Optional

  • Sweet BBQ Sauce

Directions

1. In a small bowl combine cream cheese, chipotle in adobo, chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika. Stir well to combine all ingredients.
2. Spoon cream cheese mixture into quart size freezer bag. Cut of one corner of the bag, and pipe cream cheese into jalapeno halves. Then top with half of a smoked weiner.
3. Roll bacon around jalapeno half, ensuring the that ends of the bacon piece meet each other. Stick a toothpick through the jalapeno and bacon seam to secure. Repeat with all jalapeno halves.
4. To make the smoker, use two size size disposable foil pans, one deeper than the other. Use a safety pin to poke holes around the edges of the more shallow pan. Do not poke holes on the bottom of this pan. Fill the deeper pan with wood chips. Place the shallow pan on top of the deeper pan. Fold sides of deeper pan over the shallow pan to create a seal.
5. Place jalapenos into the shallow pan. Cover with foil. Cook over a grill at high temperature for about 25 -30 minutes until cream cheese has melted and bacon is cooked through. Remove and cool slightly. Serve with sweet BBQ sauce for dipping.

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One Response to Super Snackin’ Sunday: Bacon Wrapped Smokin’ Hot Poppers

  1. Irish Yankee says:

    Those bacon wrapped hot poppers are fantastic. I ate 12 of them. They are now a must-have while watching football on TV.

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