Smoked jalapeno poppers are a crowd-pleasing appetizer or side dish. Throw some bacon-wrapped jalapenos stuffed with cream cheese onto the smoker in the final 1.5 hours of cooking to create a delicious side dish for your meal.
Pellet grills and smokers are known for creating big pieces of fall-of-the-bone meat that will always be the main attraction.
Although most folks only use smokers and pellet grills for meat, these cooking machines can also transform boring vegetables into tasty side dishes and appetizers.
After all, if the smoker can make tough meat taste incredible with smoke, heat, and time then imagine what it can do to vegetables!
So let’s cover the crowd favorite recipe of smoked jalapeno poppers.
Will Jalapeno Poppers Dry Out when Smoking?
Smoked jalapeno poppers are great at 225°F since the jalapeno poppers will remain juicy, smoky, and flavorful.
However, if you smoke the jalapeno poppers at a higher temperature or keep them on the smoker for longer than 1.5 hours then the jalapeno poppers will become drier.
So if you are concerned that the jalapeno popper may dry out then make sure to smoke them at 225°F for 1.5 to 2 hours.
I have made this recipe multiple times and have never had dry jalapeno poppers especially with the addition of cream cheese and bacon.
How to Store Leftover Smoked Jalapeno Poppers
If you follow this recipe, you won’t have any leftover smoked jalapeno poppers!
However, if you do find yourself with some leftovers, then place the smoked jalapeno poppers into a plastic bag or container and store them in the refrigerator for up to 3 days. However, the sooner you eat the jalapeno poppers the better it will taste.
Here’s a table that summarizes how long fresh and cooked jalapenos will last in the refrigerator:
|Corn Type||Time in Fridge|
|Fresh Jalapenos||1 – 2 weeks|
|Cooked Jalapeno Poppers||3 days|
The timelines are just general rules of thumb of how long jalapenos and cooked jalapeno poppers will last in the refrigerator.
Always inspect and smell the jalapenos before cooking or eating it. Any sign of mold or off-putting smells will indicate that the jalapeno is not edible.
How Long To Smoke Jalapeno Poppers at 225°F
Jalapeno poppers only need to be smoked for 1.5 hours at 225°F.
Jalapeno poppers can be smoked for as long as 2 hours to allow the bacon to get crispier.
Dishes Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Pair With
Smoked jalapeno poppers need to be part of every BBQ and smoker’s recipe book.
Whether you are smoking a brisket, ribs, tri-tip, or even chicken, smoked jalapeno poppers will either create a delicious appetizer or side dish.
Every time I have smoked meat on my pellet grill at 225°F, this smoke jalapeno popper recipe has been an easy way to make a side dish in the final 1.5 hours of the smoke.
Jalapeno Popper Placement on Smoker
Make sure to evenly space the jalapeno poppers out on the grill or smoker to ensure that all of them cook evenly.
If jalapeno poppers are too close to each other then the bacon may not cook fast enough so make sure hot air can flow freely.
Smoked Jalapeno Poppers at 225°F
- Smoker or Pellet Grill
- 8 whole jalapenos (2 jalapenos per person)
- 8 ounces cream cheese (1 ounce per jalapeno)
- 8 slices bacon (1 slice bacon per jalapeno)
- Preheat the smoker for at least 10 minutes at 225°F.
- Slice the jalapeno peppers in half lengthwise and scoop out the insides with a spoon.
- Fill each jalapeno pepper half with the cream cheese.
- Wrap each stuffed jalapeno with a slice of bacon. Use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.
- Place onto the smoker and do not open the lid for 1.5 hours.
- Remove the jalapeno poppers after 1.5 hours or keep on for an additional 30 minutes to cook the bacon even further.