These Grilled Jalapeno Poppers are such a great BBQ side dish. If you are worried about the spice you can also use mini bell peppers, those work great too!
Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
You need to add these Grilled Jalapeno Poppers to your next BBQ menu! These yummy, cheesy finger foods make a great side dish or appetizer to burgers! They are super easy to make and you can put them right on the grill next to your meats. Grilling them without the traditional breading makes them a little healthier and also gluten free!
What is a Jalapeno Popper?
A Jalapeno Popper, sometimes called a jalapeno bite, is a finger food originating in Texas that consists of a hollowed out jalapeno slice stuffed with cheese, spices, and meats, then breaded and deep fried. I’ve also seen them called Armadillo Eggs, and on one occasion I heard a friend call them ABTs, which unfortunately stands for Atomic Buffalo Turds. I think I’ll stick with calling them jalapeno poppers!
Are They Spicy?
Don’t think that because these Grilled Jalapeno Poppers are made from jalapenos they will be crazy hot. If you remove all the seeds they should actually be pretty mild. You can also use small bell peppers if you are really worried about it. We did a combination of jalapenos and bell peppers last time and we loved the variety.
Other Grilling and BBQ Recipes
Looking for more side dishes to serve at your BBQ? Try some of our other favorites!
- Creamy Bacon Ranch Pasta Salad
- Bacon Gorgonzola Potato Salad
- Grilled Fruit Kabobs
- Chopped Broccoli Salad
- Easy Creamy Corn Dip
- Cowboy Caviar
- Crock Pot BBQ Baked Beans
- Chili Cheese Dip
How to make Grilled Jalapeno Poppers
- 8 jalapenos
- garlic salt
- 4 oz cream cheese or
- 2 oz Colby Jack cheese rectangled to fit inside each pepper (Instead of cubed... I know that's not a word but I don't know how else to describe it!)
- 4 slices thick bacon grilled or pan fried, cut into quarters
- fresh cracked pepper to taste
- 1/2 cup Ranch dressing or BBQ sauce
- Chop stems off jalapenos, cut in half (lengthwise), then remove all seeds. They should look like little green boats.
- Sprinkle with garlic salt. Using a butter knife, spread some cream cheese in each jalapeno.
- Place a rectangle of cheese Colby Jack cheese over the cream cheese . Top with bacon and grill on low-medium heat until cheese is melted and the outside of the jalapeno is soft and cheese is melted.
- Remove from grill and sprinkle on some fresh cracked pepper to taste.
- Serve immediately with ranch dressing or BBQ sauce for dipping.
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