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Three grilled jalapeno poppers on a serving dish.
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Grilled Jalapeno Poppers

Grilled Jalapeno Poppers are a classic appetizer or side dish perfect for any backyard BBQ. Cored jalapenos are filled with cream cheese, and cheddar, and wrapped in bacon. These poppers are the perfect bite!
Prep Time25 minutes
Cook Time30 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
Servings: 6 people
Author: Susie Bulloch (heygrillhey.com)


  • 6 whole jalapenos
  • 8 ounces cream cheese
  • 8 ounces medium cheddar cheese
  • 1 Tablespoon Hey Grill Hey Sweet Rub recipe link in notes section
  • 12 slices bacon


  • Preheat. Preheat your grill to 375-400 degrees F using two-zone heat. That means one zone of your grill has the fire directly under the grates and the other does not.
  • Make the cheese filling. In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar cheese. Set aside. 
  • Prep the jalapenos. Prepare the jalapenos by slicing the jalapenos in half. If you don't mind having a little of the stem left, you can scrape the seeds and ribs out with a spoon at this point. If you prefer being able to eat the whole popper with no stem, cut the tops off of the popper before using the spoon to scrape out the jalapeno.
  • Fill. Spread about 1 Tablespoon of the cream cheese and cheddar filling into each jalapeno half.
  • Wrap in bacon. Wrap each stuffed jalapeno in half a slice of bacon. Tuck the ends of the bacon under or use a toothpick so they don't fall apart while grilling.
  • Season. Sprinkle the tops of the poppers liberally with the Sweet Rub.
  • Grill. Place the poppers on the indirect heat side of your grill and allow them to cook with the lid closed for 20-25 minutes. Once the poppers are cooked through and most of the fat is rendered from the bacon, move them over to the direct heat side of your grill for 2-3 minutes to crisp the bacon to your liking.
  • Enjoy. Remove from the grill and serve hot.



Sweet Rub


Calories: 478kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 21g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 4g | Monounsaturated Fat: 14g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 105mg | Sodium: 658mg | Potassium: 185mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 978IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 331mg | Iron: 1mg