The first time I made these I followed the wonderful Pioneer Woman’s RECIPE. Then I thought I’d make just a couple changes…so glad I did because these are a tasty hit at any gathering!
You can bake these or grill them. They are fantastic either way!
Cut some medium sized jalapenos in half lengthwise (wear gloves if doing a large quantity). Seed them using a small spoon.
Mix some softened cream cheese and shredded cheddar cheese together and add some black pepper to the mix.
Stuff each jalapeno half with this mixture, but don’t overfill as the cheese will “pop” up once cooked.
Use half a strip of hickory or maple flavored bacon to wrap each jalapeno half with. Secure with a toothpick for oven bacon or use 2 toothpicks if cooking on a grill.
Brush a layer of your favorite sweet bbq sauce or sweet jalapeno jelly on top of each jalapeno until well coated.
Bake at 375 for 25 minutes on a wire rack or roasting pan with slits in the bottom. Poppers are done when the bacon is crispy and the cheesy mixture is puffed and golden.
Grill them on the top rack or with indirect heat on an outdoor grill until done.
These are truly the BEST and my favorite appetizer! Let me know if you try them out.