Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

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We recently got a Green Mountain Grills smoker and Ethan has been having way too much fun experimenting with new recipes. His favorite and most popular one thus far has been these Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. I’ve gotten a ton of requests to share them, so here we go!

bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

These aren’t just plain old Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers. They also include shrimp and cream cheese + some tasty seasonings. Ethan doesn’t mess around when it comes to this stuff. ; )

bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers on the smoker with  ribs
Ethan has also had fun smoking all kinds of different meats. Along with the jalapeno poppers here, he is smoking pork tenderloin and ribs.

ingredients needed for bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

  • Uncooked bacon strips
  • Fresh jalapenos
  • Plain cream cheese
  • Fresh or frozen shrimp
  • Spices & seasonings
bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers

how to make bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

This is how Ethan usually makes these babies. You would be wise to also wear gloves while you do this so you can remove them after handling the jalapeños and not touch your eyeball or anything else. ; )

  1. Slice jalapeños into about 1/4 inch thick slices.
  2. Cut bacon slices in half.
  3. Spread ~1 tsp of cream cheese on top of each jalapeno slice.
  4. Plop a piece of shrimp on top of each cream cheese-covered jalapeno slice.
  5. Finally, wrap in bacon. Use a toothpick to hold each individual piece together.
  6. Add spices & seasonings if desired. Ethan usually seasons with some pepper, chili powder and drizzles with some sriracha. If you don’t like spicy, simply omit that!
  7. Next, throw them on the smoker / grill!
bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers

If you are using fresh, uncooked shrimp, you will want to make sure it is cooked to an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit before removing from the grill. If you are using cooked shrimp, you can remove the poppers when the bacon is cooked to your liking!

bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers

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Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers

Shanna Hutcheson
Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers are a perfect appetizer to whip up during grilling season and serve at parties, tailgates or gatherings at home!
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine American
Servings 15 servings
Calories 209 kcal


  • 3-4 jalapenos sliced into rounds
  • 1 lb bacon strips uncooked
  • 8 oz plain cream cheese
  • 1 lb shrimp frozen, cooked OR fresh, uncooked
  • 1 Tbsp sriracha
  • Black pepper to taste
  • Chili powder to taste


  • Preheat your smoker to 225 degrees Fahrenheit (or normal grill to medium-high heat).
  • Slice jalapenos into ~1/4 inch thick rounds, and cut bacon strips in half.
  • Spread 1-2 tsp of cream cheese on to the top of each jalapeno slice.
  • Lay the cream cheese-covered jalapeno slice on the end of one piece of bacon.
  • Top jalapeno & cream cheese slice with a piece of shrimp. Roll the bacon strip over the wrap it tightly into a "roll" and stick a toothpick through each one to keep it secure.
  • Repeat until ingredients are gone.
  • Transfer all of your bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers to preheated grill and cook for roughly 18-20 minutes or until bacon is cooked to your liking. Flip halfway through. (Check temperature of shrimp before removing if using fresh, uncooked shrimp. Should be cooked to internal temp of 145 degrees F.)
  • Enjoy hot off the grill!
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for 2-3 days.


TIP: use a thin, sharp knife to help you get the bacon strip off the cutting board to roll each piece. 


Calories: 209kcalCarbohydrates: 1gProtein: 11gFat: 18gSaturated Fat: 7gCholesterol: 113mgSodium: 507mgPotassium: 114mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 254IUVitamin C: 6mgCalcium: 60mgIron: 1mg
Keyword appetizer, appetizer recipe, bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers, grilling season, party food, shrimp poppers, tailgate food
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bacon-wrapped jalapeno poppers
Fresh & crispy right off the grill!

Super simple and delicious! Tag me in all of your Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers this summer! : ) Save this recipe on Pinterest so you can refer back and make them over and over!



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  1. 5 stars
    We tried these this weekend and OH MY GOSH! The addition of shrimp makes them extra tasty! Even my husband who doesn’t love shrimp agreed that these were better than just plain poppers. Thank you Shanna and Ethan!!

  2. I’m so excited to try these at my next event. Even if it’s just my husband and I! Anyone every try them in an air fryer?

    1. We haven’t tried them in the air fryer, but I bet that would actually work great! You’ll have to report back if you try it!

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