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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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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

How to make jalapeno poppers

  • 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.
  • Grab your bacon and slice it in half, and wrap around the peppers and secure with a toothpick.
  • Toss on the grill and cook until the bacon is as crispy as you prefer.

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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

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The full directions for this recipe are below. If you grow your own jalapenos this is a wonderful way to use up your peppers this summer.

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

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.

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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers

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.  

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If you see the peppers have indentions or seem to be mushy in spots, don’t get them. They are starting to go bad, and if you toss one bad one in with fresh ones, it will begin to break down the rest of your peppers.

Pair your jalapenos with your favorite grilling foods or baked chicken or pork in the oven. This Traeger jalapeno popper recipe is versatile and pairs nicely with so many main dishes. We make these all summer long, and it never gets old!

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
  • 10 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. Spoon softened cream cheese into the popper, and wrap with bacon and secure with a toothpick.
  4. 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: 115Total Fat: 10gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 29mgSodium: 221mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 0gSugar: 1gProtein: 5g

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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