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Blackfield
Member since Jan 2010
224 posts

How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Been making these for decades. Standard jalepeno, slather of cream cheese, bacon-wrapped and toothpicked grilled.

Did it again today. But started to wonder. How can I easily make this tasty and reliable dish hit the next level?

Tried a maple/sugar bacon in the past....didn’t work.

Different cheese.... just seeped out during the grilling.

My thought was maybe seasoning the cream cheese in a bowl and mixing prior to placing In jalepenos? For a different flavor profile?

Or something else? Not sure.

But there has to be some ideas for making a grillig staple like this hit the next gear.

Anyone do anything that makes these really interesting?


Maggie6d
Member since Aug 2015
330 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
I always season the cream cheese...also sometimes i stick a shrimp in there


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TH03
Iowa State Fan
Dallas
Member since Dec 2008
141006 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Make it Texas style and add some brisket

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My thought was maybe seasoning the cream cheese in a bowl and mixing prior to placing In jalepenos? For a different flavor profile?


This could work.


Bill Parker?
Member since Jan 2013
2632 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
De-seed the jalapenos. Stuff with cream cheese and protein of your choice. Wrap with half cooked bacon (skillet cooked, microwave, baked, etc.) Grill. Serve.


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RonFNSwanson
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Member since Mar 2012
19591 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Mix breakfast sausage in the cream cheese

Best football party food ever


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LSUPhreaK
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LaPlace, La.
Member since Dec 2003
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BigPerm30
Chicago Cubs Fan
Member since Aug 2011
11454 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Mix some pepper jelly in the cream cheese before filling the pepper. Gives it a little sweetness and more heat.


Martini
North Carolina Fan
Near Athens
Member since Mar 2005
42338 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
There are a lot of flavored cream cheese out now. I put a teaspoon of the smoked salmon cream cheese in scrambles eggs.


Cajunate
Louisiana
Member since Aug 2012
2498 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?


I always add a BBQ rub seasoning to the cream cheese mixtre. Try that using your favorite. Also using your favorite rub sprinkle the bacon wrapping with ut before grilling and finally right before they are done I paint a glaze of pepper jelly glaze on them. That makes them awesome!

For a trade show I grilled for last year I did over two hundred ABTs like this and they were a hit. It was a BBQ trade show at the Convention Center in N.O. and you'd think the BBQ attendees had tasted everything BBQ and I got tons of compliments. Booth one spot over had gourmet stuff and people were lining up in front of the Broil King booth I was with. Lol..........


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Boston911
LSU Fan
Lafayette
Member since Dec 2013
813 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Pepper jelly glaze


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Powerman
LSU Fan
Virginia
Member since Jan 2004
136471 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Most people I know add some meat to it.

Either sausage, chicken, brisket, shrimp, or I guess you could get creative and try something else.

The type of bacon you're using could also change the flavor. Maybe try a maple glaze on the bacon? Sort of a candied bacon exterior to add some sweetness?


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Fratigerguy
LSU Fan
Member since Jan 2014
4011 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
I find the bacon is the worst thing people do to these. I know, I know. Bacon makes everything better. But when I’ve done it, it keeps the jalapeño from cooking through. So what I ended up with was a crunchy jalapeño that had more heat than good jalapeño flavor.

Brown a pound of breakfast sausage. Mix in a pound of cream cheese, some Tony’s, and garlic powder. Taste it until you get the flavor you want. Stuff it in de-seeded jalapeño halves. Either bake or grill until jalapeño is tender and slightly turning brown. Cream cheese will start to slightly brown and crust at this point as well. It won’t leak out. No bacon! I like to put them on the smoker as well on a pan. They don’t need to be over direct flame to be good. Just my method, and they are always a huge hit.


TigerDeBaiter
LSU Fan
Member since Dec 2010
7331 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Brown some jimmy deans sausage, then mix it in with the cream cheese.

While you’re browning the sausage, put some bacon in the oven on about 450. Let it cook down, but not fully cook.

De seed the jalapeños, stuff with the cream cheese and sausage mixture, then wrap with the partially cooked bacon. Finish by searing on the grill until bacon is crispy and jalapeño slightly tender.

That’s how I’ve always done them and they never disappoint. Getting the bacon cooked down a bit better helps keep the jalapeños from getting too soggy while the bacon is finished. Also helps control the flare ups on the grill.


Wildcat In Germany
Kentucky Fan
Metro Atlanta
Member since May 2017
2864 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
I fill the jalapenos with a mixture of cream cheese and cheddar, wrap them in bacon and baste them with bbq sauce.


BIG Texan
LSU Fan
Texas
Member since Jun 2012
1261 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Seed, season then stuff with Boudin wrap with partially cooked good bacon. I'm going to smoke them a little before with a cold smoker next time.


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Hat Tricks
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Natchitoches, LA
Member since Oct 2003
24975 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
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So what I ended up with was a crunchy jalapeño that had more heat than good jalapeño flavor.


Blanch the jalapenos first.

To the OP, add some brisket.

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Jibbajabba
LSU Fan
Louisiana
Member since May 2011
2680 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
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Brown some jimmy deans sausage


Very important to Brown the sausage. Not for food safety issues but for flavor and visual appeal issues. Also, mixing the creme cheese with temperature hot sausage makes the cream cheese more workable during the stuffing process.


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DanglingFury
VCU Fan
Living the dream
Member since Dec 2007
19968 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
Use Sunny Anderson’s poppers recipe. Legit.

Sunny Anderson Chorizo Poppers


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Treacherous Cretin
Ohio State Fan
Columbus, OH
Member since Jan 2016
527 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
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fill the jalapenos with a mixture of cream cheese and cheddar


That's what I do...cheddar or blue cheese. I use a double boiler setup to soften the cream cheese and mix it together. Then I put it in a gallon storage bag with a corner snipped off and use that as a makeshift piping bag to fill the peppers. Try blue cheese sometime if you never have. It's awesome.


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Fonzarelli
LSU Fan
Dallas
Member since Jan 2015
2448 posts

re: How to make grilled jalepeno poppers better?
We add a sliver of red onion sometimes to our duck poppers and it’s a pretty solid addition


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