BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos

BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos

Ummm …yeah. So these. These would be directly from the splurgy side of my brain. …See, I live in constant conflict – I loooove food. I obsess about food. But at the same time I really do want to be fit and healthy. This is why I can’t do all healthy all the time and I can’t let myself go all unchecked either. Because I would eat bacon every day if I could.

BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos

Bacon. Jalapenos. Holy perfect combo, right? I love stuffed jalapenos – there’s always that air of danger when you eat stuffed jalapenos. You pick one up …is it going to mildly spicy? or inferno? …without knowing, you risk it all and pop it in. Either way, you’re happy.

I have stuffed jalapenos with sausage, with cheese, even shrimp, but this is the first time I’ve grilled them. This was clearly an oversight on my part that I have now rectified. And the result – charred smokey bacon, yummy sausage, sweet barbecue sauce – oh my, oh my, oh my!

BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos
  1. 18 large jalapenos, halved with seeds and ribs removed
  2. 1 lb bulk sausage (I use Jimmy Dean Hot sausage)
  3. 1/2 c panko bread crumbs
  4. 1/2 c bbq sauce (I like Jack Daniels Original)
  5. 18 strips center-cut bacon, halved
  6. fresh cracked pepper
  1. In a bowl, stir together the sausage, panko crumbs, and bbq sauce. Spoon roughly a tablespoon of the sausage mixture into each jalapeno half. Wrap each in half a strip of bacon. Place on a ventilated grill or broiling pan. Sprinkle fresh cracked pepper over top of the wrapped peppers.
  2. Heat grill to high heat. Put in the grill pan on indirect heat (meaning, turn off the burners directly under the peppers). Cook 20 minutes until and stuffing is cooked through and bacon is starting to crisp. During this time, watch the grill temperature to keep it ~375-400F, turning on the direct burners under the peppers occasionally if necessary to maintain temperature.
  3. Using thongs, gently turn each pepper over onto the grill grate over direct heat, top side down - this will drain off the fat from the sausage and crisp the tops of the bacon and peppers. Grill another minute or two until they are a little charred and awesome. Yield: 36 appetizers.
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BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos

BBQ Sausage-Stuffed Grilled Jalapenos

  • Emily

    oh wow! I am SO trying this when my moms garden has jalepenos this summer. amazing! pinned and stumbled!

  • Marion@Life Tastes Good

    Oooooh Erica this looks wonderful! I must try! I haven’t grilled jalapenos before, but I’m learning just about everything is better grilled! Thanks for a great idea! pinned and stumbled so I can find it when I need it 🙂

  • Bebs

    Saw the photo on Let’s Get Real Friday Party! Just the look of them makes me hungry. I will try these soon!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Bebs!

  • Danielle

    Yum! Don’t forget to link it up to my Feature Friday Link Party 🙂

    Danielle @ Blissful & Domestic

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      Will do! thanks so much Danielle!

  • Tammy

    Well, I just found a great recipe for football Sundays. This looks so yummy and anything with bacon on it has got to be good. Thanks for linking up to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Party. I’ve pinned your post to the Bloggers Brags Pinterest Board

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Tammy! and thanks for hosting!

  • Tracey @ Salty Sweet Life

    Erica these are so wonderfully, sinfully awesome to behold! I want these SO BADLY I can just taste them!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      🙂 thank you Tracey!

  • Diane Balch

    I can see these being a serious hit at a party. Thanks for bringing them to foodie friday. pinned.

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Diane!

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  • Heidy L. McCallum

    Thanks for coming and linking up at #TheWeekendSocial.

    Please be sure to come back next week starting Thursdays at 9PM EST on !

    I hope to see you there! We really enjoyed reading your blog and can not wait to see what you stun us with next!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Heidy!

  • Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    Like you, I enjoy being healthy, though I also like having a treat every once in a while, and if left unchecked, I’d eat bacon daily, too, soooooo this treat sounds like the perfect kind of appetizer. I LOVE that you cooked it on the grill, too!

    Also, this was one of my favorite recipes from last week’s That’s Fresh Friday Link-Up! Sharing it on my blog tonight, and hoping you’ll come share another gorgeous dish. Keep up the great work!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thanks so much Erin!!! This is awesome 🙂

  • Adelina Priddis

    OH my gosh Erica! Those are amazing!! So glad you shared them on Foodie Friday

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Adelina!

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  • Miguel

    OMG!! You hit a soft spot! Please say yes when I propose to you!!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      lol that’s hysterical. thanks Miguel

  • Katie Harding

    Yum these sound so great! They would be perfect for a dinner party!

    • Erica (@Erica’s Recipes)

      thank you Katie! you can assemble them in advance, so they’ll be party ready 🙂

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