Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

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These bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos are perfect for potlucks, parties, appetizers, or anytime you want something totally delicious. Take a fresh jalapeno, stuff it full of a savory cream cheese filling, wrap it in bacon, and cook it on the grill. It doesn’t get much better than these stuffed jalapenos.

Grilled stuffed jalapenos lined up on a serving platter with text overlay - Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos.

Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Perfect for potlucks, parties, and especially as game-day food, these stuffed jalapenos are great finger food for all occasions. The creamy filling beautifully tempers the spice of the jalapeno, and the bacon makes the whole thing ridiculously delicious.

In fact, any time we’re headed to watch a game with friends, we almost always make these stuffed jalapeno peppers because we know they’ll be a crowd-pleaser. They’re also fairly easy to make, so I can stuff and wrap them and have them on the grill in no time.

Around these parts, these stuffed jalapenos have been officially dubbed “The Bomb Bombs.” They earned the name because every time I bring these to a party all I hear is, “These are the bomb!” These little flavor bombs really are the bomb. You’d be missing out if you didn’t make these ASAP!

Bratwurst, cream cheese, and shredded cheese in a cast iron skillet.

Cream Cheese Stuffed Jalapenos

These stuffed jalapenos are a cut above the rest due to the cream cheese and bratwurst filling. Fresh bratwurst is the real secret ingredient to these stuffed jalapenos. Instead of reaching for sausage, grab your favorite bratwurst instead!

Here’s everything you’ll need to make this stuffed jalapeno filling:

  • 2 links uncooked bratwurst (skin removed)
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • 1/2 cup shredded sharp cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 Tablespoon Sweet Rub

The sweet rub adds a sweet and savory bite to these jalapenos that can’t be beaten. You can make your own using my recipe for Best Sweet Rub, or purchase a bottle from the Hey Grill Hey Store.

Bratwurst and cream cheese filling being stuffed in a jalapeno half.

How to Make Stuffed Jalapenos

Every step of this process is quick and straightforward, making these stuffed jalapenos a foolproof recipe for all grilling abilities.

  1. Make the filling. This filling only requires 4 ingredients and about 7 minutes to make. It truly couldn’t be easier. Break up a bratwurst in a 12-inch cast iron skillet over medium-high heat. Cook the brats for 5 minutes. Next, add shredded sharp cheddar cheese, cream cheese, and Sweet Rub to the meat and stir until well combined.
  2. Prep the jalapenos. Begin by slicing the jalapenos in half, de-seeding them, and scraping out the ribs to remove the intense lip-burning heat. We want these spicy, but not overwhelming.
  3. Stuff! Stuff these jalapenos full with the cream cheese bratwurst filling.
  4. Wrap in bacon. Wrap the stuffed jalapenos in one slice of bacon. You can use a toothpick to secure the bacon as needed (though make sure to remove them before you serve them so your guests don’t bite into a toothpick!
  5. Grill. With your gas grill or charcoal grill preheated to medium-high heat (350 degrees F), place the stuffed jalapenos on the grill (if you are cooking over propane, place these on a cookie or baking sheet), close the lid, and grill for 10-15 minutes.
  6. Serve. Once the jalapenos and bacon are cooked to your preferred doneness, remove them from the grill and serve immediately.

Halved jalapenos on a wooden cutting board in various stages of being stuffed and wrapped in bacon.

How Long to Cook Stuffed Jalapenos

With your grill preheated to 350 degrees F, it will take around 10-15 minutes to cook these stuffed jalapenos. The grilling time may vary slightly depending on the consistency of the heat on your grill and the thickness of your bacon.

If you prefer really crispy bacon, add a few minutes to the total cook time. Keep an eye on your jalapenos and remove them from the grill when the bacon is rendered and the jalapenos have charred a bit.

Grilled stuffed jalapenos lined up on a serving platter.

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If you loved these stuffed jalapenos, you’re sure to love these other stuffed and bacon-wrapped jalapeno recipes from Hey Grill Hey. Check out a few of our most popular jalapeno recipes below.

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This post was originally published in June 2015. We recently updated it with more information and helpful tips. The recipe remains the same.

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Bacon Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos

By: Susie Bulloch
4.86 from 7 votes
These bacon wrapped stuffed jalapenos are perfect for potlucks, parties, appetizers, or anytime you want something totally delicious. Take a fresh jalapeno, stuff it full of a savory cream cheese filling, wrap it in bacon, and cook it on the grill. It doesn't get much better than these stuffed jalapenos.
Prep Time15 minutes
Cook Time15 minutes
Total Time30 minutes
Servings8 people


  • 8-10 fresh jalapenos
  • 8-10 bacon slices
  • 2 links uncooked bratwurst skin removed
  • 4 ounces cream cheese
  • ½ cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • ½ Tablespoons Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub recipe in notes


  • Preheat. When you are ready to cook, preheat your grill to medium heat (around 350 degrees F). If your grill is direct heat, like propane, I recommend you cook the stuffed jalapenos on a cookie sheet. If you are cooking over indirect heat (charcoal, pellet grill, offset smoker) you can place them directly on the grill grates.
  • Make the filling. Place the bratwurst meat in a medium saute pan over medium-high heat Cook the bratwursts for 5-6 minutes, stirring occasionally to break up the meat. Turn the heat down to low and stir in the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Stir until well combined. Remove from the heat and set aside while you prepare the peppers.
  • Prep the jalapenos. Slice the jalapenos in half, lengthwise. Using a spoon, scrape out the seeds and ribs from the inside of the jalapenos and discard.
  • Stuff. Fill the jalapenos with the cream cheese mixture.
  • Wrap in bacon. Cut the strips of bacon in half so you have 16-20 pieces of bacon. Wrap around the stuffed jalapenos and secure with toothpicks, if necessary. Season with the steak seasoning or your favorite BBQ rub.
  • Grill. Place the stuffed jalapenos on the grill. Close the lid, and cook for 10-15 minutes or until the jalapenos are tender and the bacon is cooked through. Adjust this cook time as needed to get the bacon to your preferred doneness (less time for softer bacon, more time for crispy bacon).
  • Enjoy. Remove the stuffed jalapeno peppers from the grill and serve immediately. If you are taking these to a party, prepare to cook them right before you leave so they are still warm by the time you arrive.


Sweet Rub


Calories: 246kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 9g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 9g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 2g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 53mg | Sodium: 415mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 446IU | Vitamin C: 17mg | Calcium: 83mg | Iron: 1mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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Susie is the BBQ Brain behind the Hey Grill Hey website. Her passion for smoked meats and developing fun, new recipes have landed her on the Food Network, cooking turkeys with Shaq, and on a couple of Guinness World Records. When she’s not grilling, she is hanging out with Todd and their three kids, preferably outdoors!

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  1. Gary Hackle says:

    Couldn’t find any Bratwurst or sausage but found a pack of smoked pulled pork in the freezer, wow did they turn out amazing! Will be packing up separate freezer bags of pulled pork marked “for Jalapeno Poppers” from now on!

  2. Dorothy Kollmeyer says:

    I have made a version of these for years — all kinds of variations! If you don’t care for bratwurst you can use regular pork sausage. Or just cream cheese. Very versatile recipe! If the weather isn’t conducive for grilling – bake them on an oven grill pan (catches the grease) at 400F til bacon is crisp. Be sure to wear gloves when preparing the jalapenos!

  3. Brenda says:

    If you roll these in brown sugar instead of any other seasoning, it takes them to whole nuther level!!!!

    1. Elizabeth says:


  4. Bbq says:

    Print says cook for 10 to 15 min but video says cook for 30 to 45 min?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Follow the print, but you can also make adjustments to the recipe as you see fit!

  5. Bpotter6 says:

    This page is aaaamazing… the best recipes

  6. Deb says:

    Can these be prepared before hand and cook the next day?

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      They sure can!

  7. Eric B says:

    I love everything Susie makes. If she was my wife I would be 300+. These are one of my favs.

  8. Scott M says:

    We had these last weekend at a Xmas party. Amazing does not come close to how these taste.

  9. Carl Guettler says:

    10-15 min does not seem long enough to cook the bacon

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      It has always worked perfectly for me when I have made these. You can always adjust the recipe however you need when you try them.

  10. bill says:

    “its”, not “it’s”

    1. Hey Grill Hey says:

      Yep, I got it. Thanks again!