BBQ Jalapeno Poppers

Jalapeno Poppers will be one of the first things to disappear at your next party.When I decided I was going to cook my way through Pioneer Women’s cookbook there were a few recipes I was a little worried about.

Recipes I knew I just would not like.

Recipes I was not going to eat and someone else was just going to have to taste test it for me.

Today’s recipe is one of those – BBQ Jalapeno Poppers.  I don’t like jalapeno peppers so I knew I wouldn’t like these.

Our neighbor was having a graduation party for their niece/cousin and I volunteered to bring something.  I figured it was the perfect opportunity to make the BBQ Jalapeno Poppers as I wouldn’t have to eat any!

Well guess what?  I was wrong!  I liked them.  I got up my courage to try one and was pleasantly surprised.  They weren’t too hot and spicy – had a nice gentle kick to them.   In fact, I ate two!  I’m still a little worried about the Linguine with Clam Sauce though!!

The crowd that really liked them were the men!  Jalapeno Poppers are definitely a man pleasing food!

PW recommends you wear gloves while you clean out the peppers.  I didn’t wear gloves (I’m tough like that) but just be sure and wash your hands really good afterwards and don’t touch your face or any other area of skin until you wash up.  If you have sensitive skin the peppers can burn you.


They are a bit labor intensive.  You need to cut the peppers in half and clean out the seeds (that’s the heat part) and then you fill them with a mixture of cheese and cream cheese, wrap them in bacon and brush them with BBQ sauce!  But I think the party guests would definitely say it was worth the effort!


They bake for about an hour or until the bacon is nice and cooked and sizzling.  Like I said, they were a big hit at the party, especially with the men!


Pioneer Women

BBQ Jalapeno Poppers:Ree & Leigh{Anne}
  • 18 fresh jalapenos
  • 1 - 8 oz. package cream cheese
  • ½ C grated cheddar cheese
  • 1 green onion, sliced
  • 18 slices thin bacon, cut into halves
  • Bottled BBQ sauce
  • toothpicks
  • rubber gloves.
  1. Cut peppers in half lengthwise (wear gloves)
  2. Try to keep the stems intact--they look prettier that way
  3. With a spoon, scrape out the seeds and light colored membranes
  4. Remember: the heat comes from the seeds and the membranes so if you can handle the heat, leave some of them intact.
  5. In a bowl combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese and chopped green onion
  6. Mix together gently
  7. Stuff the hollowed out pepper half with the cream cheese mixture
  8. Wrap bacon slices around each half, covering as much of the surface as you can
  9. Be careful not to stretch the bacon too tightly around the pepper as the bacon will contract as it cooks
  10. Brush the surface of the bacon with your favorite BBQ sauce
  11. Secure the jalapenos with toothpicks and pop them in the oven at 350 degrees for 1 hour or until the bacon is cooked and sizzling
  12. Serve hot or at room temperature
Leigh Anne
Hi – I’m Leigh Anne! I have been a homebased mom for 30 years since my first baby boy was born! I love working with women and helping to inspire them to achieve their goals and dreams while still maintaining motherhood and family as their number one priority. I blog about everything I enjoy – creating treats and meals in my kitchen, spending time in my garden, entertaining and party planning, reading, self improvement and tips and ideas on style and fashion.
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  1. says

    Those look soooo good! I think I’ll be making these for our upcoming cookout. I don’t usually like jalapeno poppers either, but if you can try it, so can I!

  2. MelanieL says

    Hmm, if I get motivated I could make these for my son’s birthday party on Sunday. There will be men there that would go crazy for these (my husband being one of them!) They look like something I wouldn’t like either but if you say they’re good, I must believe you. Will the linguine w/clam sauce be the last receipe you try?? :)

  3. Cindy says

    Leigh Anne, what kind of pan did you use? Womdering I need to use a pan that would catch the bacon drippings. Looks delish.


  4. michelle payne says

    These poppers are a BBQ staples in our home. I just made like 200 of those little things and they were gone flat in 60 seconds. I love making them except on the Fourth of July… I’ve been known to make up to 350 of them.

  5. Dawn says

    Yum! These look different and yummy. By the way, once I made homemade salsa with jalapeno peppers without wearing gloves. I washed really, really well. Hours later when I removed my contacts, I was in such pain I ended up in the ER getting my eyes flushed. I have been too scared to ever use them again!

  6. Joan says

    I put them on a rack on my jelly roll pan, so that the bacon drippings go under, helping the bacon to crisp up all around, rather than sit in oil. And I have never put BBQ sauce on mine…still favorites. Yummm!

  7. Joan says

    Oh, I meant to mention that if you want the jalapeno to be less spicy, you can soak the halved ones in ice water for 30 minutes to reduce heat…and then dry carefully for awhile before filling and wrapping.


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