Grilled Maple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

Grilled Maple Bacon Jalapeño Poppers

45 mins
45 mins

Jalapeño poppers are an iconic appetizer for game days and tailgating. Now most jalapeno poppers don't pop at all, but I guarantee these will have your friends popping half dozen per person. Follow this world series recipe for sweet maple bacon poppers with a kick.


For the Poppers

  • 1 pound ground pork
  • 2 tablespoons jerk marinade
  • 16 jalapeño peppers
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 pound honey and maple bacon

Other Tools

  • 4 wooden maple grilling planks

Ingredient Tips

Don't just look for jalapeños. Take take your poppers to the next level, mix in some baby bell peppers. This will help for those that don't love the heat of a jalapeño.


Step 1 Of 7
Place the pork and the jerk marinade into a plastic bag or bowl and work the together. Refrigerate for 2 to 12 hours.
Preheat the grill to medium high. While the grill preheats, slice the peppers in half lengthwise. Spoon out the white flesh and the seeds.
Brown the pork in a skillet and let cool. While the pork cools, mix the cream cheese and brown sugar together in a bowl.
Spoon the cream cheese in each of the peppers, placing a chunk of the ground pork onto the cream cheese.
Take the pound of the bacon and cut all the slices in half. Wrap each pepper boat with a half slice of bacon.
Hot Tip
Use toothpicks to secure the bacon to the peppers.
Soak maple planks in water for an hour. After soaking, place the planks on the hot grill and close the lid for 3 minutes. Flip the planks over and place the poppers on the plank.
Close the lid until the bacon is browned which is 15 to 25 minutes depending on the heat of the grill.
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