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Traeger Jalapeno Poppers

Traeger jalapeno poppers are a classic bbq appetizer. Jalapenos are stuffed with cream cheese and wrapped in bacon and cooked on your pellet grill or smoker. Our grilled bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers are the perfect snack to serve up as an appetizer for a crowd!

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Traeger Jalapeno Poppers

I love taking classic appetizers and figuring out a way to make them on our pellet grills. From our grilled crab cakes, smoked potato skins, and our double-smoked artichoke dip, we have a THING with appetizers.

The combination of jalapeno, cream cheese, and bacon is one lethal combination. It works so well together, and the Traeger offers a nice light smoke flavor to add a whole new dimension to the mix.

I will be honest, I have tried making these in the oven, and it just isn’t the same. I will always favor grilling jalapeno poppers over any other method of cooking.

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Traeger Jalapeńo Poppers shopping list

Wondering if you have to hit the store? Here’s the list of items you’ll need to make this recipe. For specific amounts, please refer to the printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

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  • Japapeńo peppers
  • Cream cheese
  • Shredded cheddar cheese
  • Spicy BBQ rub
  • Bacon

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How to make Jalapeńo Poppers on the Traeger

This is just the overview so you can see what you’re actually getting into here. When you are cooking, you’ll want to use the full recipe at the bottom of the page.



We’re shooting for 350°F.



Rinse your peppers well in running cold water and set aside.

Use room temperature cream cheese and scoop the cream cheese into the peppers, and then set aside. (Use Smoked Cream Cheese for bonus points!)

Grab your bacon and slice it in half, and wrap around the peppers and secure with a toothpick.



Put your poppers on the grill. You can use a grill mat, if you have one (my favorite is down in the recipe card). Cook them until the bacon is fully cooked.



Let these nuclear poppers rest for a while so you don’t melt the insides of everyone’s mouth.



Have some milk handy for the people in the bunch who can’t handle the heat!

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Smoked Jalapeńo Poppers FAQ

How can you tell that a jalapeno is ripe?

How do you know if jalapenos are ripe? Here are some key things to look for when picking peppers off your vine or choosing them in the store.
Size | Look to see that the pepper is around four to six inches in length.
Shape | You want your jalapenos to be fat, firm and offer a shiny or waxy sheen.
Color | Bright green peppers are what you want to look for. As they age they will become darker green, then black and red.  

Can you use prosciutto instead of bacon?

Yup! The prosciutto will cook a lot faster on the grill, so it will leave your peppers a little bit crunchier than bacon kind, but the flavor and texture work well together.

How do you store the leftovers?

We toss these in a baggie in the fridge for up to 2-3 days.

What’s the best way to reheat the leftovers?

We like to reheat these in the air fryer or right back on the grill. You’ll get the best results that way!

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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers
Yield: 12 servings

Traeger Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

Traeger Jalapeno Poppers

These classic jalapeno poppers are smoked on a Traeger wood-pellet grill, and wrapped in bacon to make the traditional popper pop a little more.

Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 12 jalapeño peppers
  • 8-ounces cream cheese, room temperature
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • 1 tablespoon spicy bbq rub
  • 12 pieces of bacon


  1. Preheat your Traeger or other wood-pellet grill to 350°.
  2. Wash and cut the tops off of the peppers, and then slice them in half the long way. Scrape the seeds and the membranes out, and set aside.
  3. Combine the softened cream cheese with the spicy bbq rub and the shredded cheddar cheese.
  4. Spoon the softened cream cheese mixture into the popper, and wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  5. Place on wire racks that are non-stick or have been sprayed with non-stick spray, and grill for 20-25 minutes, or until the bacon is cooked.

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Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 145Total Fat: 12gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 5gCholesterol: 36mgSodium: 293mgCarbohydrates: 3gFiber: 0gSugar: 2gProtein: 6g

Nutrition data provided here is only an estimate. If you are tracking these things for medical purposes please consult an outside, trusted source. Thanks!

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