Dragon Jalapeño Poppers
Food and Drink

Excerpted with permission from The Bradley Smoker Cookbook: Tips, Tricks, and Recipes from Bradley Smoker’s Pro Staff by Lena Clayton, Steve Cylka, Kathleen Donegan, Brad Lockwood, and Jennifer L.S. Pearsall. Copyright 2015, Skyhorse Publishing, Inc.

Dragon Jalapeño Poppers

"These little bite-sized treats are fiery hot and full of smoking goodness. If you’re making them for a party, be sure to prepare lots, since they will be gone in a flash."

Steve Cylka
Makes: 16 poppers


8 jalapeño peppers

1/2 cup cream cheese

1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese

1 teaspoon chili powder

16 cocktail smokies

8 slices of bacon, cut in half

Slice the jalapeño peppers lengthwise. Using a knife, remove the seeds and membrane.

Mix together the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and chili powder. Fill the hollowed out portion of the jalapeño pepper with the cheese mixture.

Place a cocktail smokie on top of the cheese mixture.

Wrap half a slice of bacon around the jalapeño pepper. Use a toothpick if the bacon is falling off.

Set the smoker to 250°F using wood Bisquettes of choice (Pecan, Maple, or Hickory work great).

Smoke the poppers for 2–3 hours or until the bacon is browned.