Sweet Pepper Bacon Poppers

I love jalapeno poppers and if you look on the site, you will see that there are many different popper recipes or recipes using the popper flavors. The problem with jalapeno poppers is that not everyone likes hot food.

Enter mini sweet peppers! One new item in the produce section, that I have seen more frequently of late, are small bags or clamshells of these mini sweet peppers. They are very similar in size to jalapeno peppers and are perfect for stuffing and using as a mild alternative when making poppers.

The filling of these poppers have crumbled bacon, cream cheese, cheddar cheese, shallots and spices. The filling is incredible and tastes amazing when melted and gooey.

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I made these sweet pepper poppers in my new Bradley 2 Rack Smoker. The popper stand fit in it perfectly and it didn’t require getting the big smoker going for a smaller amount of food. I smoked it at 275F for about 2 hours using maple wood. The family gobbled them up. My wife does not like hot food, so she has previously been out of luck when I make jalapeno poppers. She loved these and I will definitely make sure to use some of these mini sweet peppers in the future when I make poppers again. You can see in the photo that there are a few jalapeno peppers. I had to have some of the hot ones for me to snack on!

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Sweet Pepper Bacon Poppers

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 2 hours
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4
Author Steve Cylka


  • • 15-18 sweet mini peppers (jalapeno peppers do work also!)
  • • 1 cup cream cheese
  • • 1 cup cheddar cheese
  • • 2 shallots , minced
  • • 1 garlic clove , minced
  • • 1/2 tsp salt
  • • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • • 10 slices cooked bacon , crumbled


  • Make the cheese filling by mixing the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, shallots, garlic, salt and paprika. Stir in the bacon crumble.
  • Core the peppers
  • Fill the peppers and/or mushrooms with the cheese mixture and top with the remaining bacon crumble. Place in a jalapeno popper rack/stand
  • Set smoker to 275F using wood of choice. Smoke for 1 1/2 - 2 hours, or until the pepper is tender.
  • Alternatively, bake in a 350F oven for 15-20 minutes or cook on the grill on medium high heat for about 10-15 minutes.
  • Serve hot.

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About Steve Cylka

Steve is the author of The Black Peppercorn. He is a recipe developer and food photographer. His recipes have been featured on websites like Bradley Smoker, Times Picayune, Buzzfeed, and Basil & Salt. He has also authored and co-authored a couple cookbooks.


  1. I love these sweet peppers. I always like having them in my fridge to add to dishes. Love that you stuffed them… still love that popper holder. So cool. 🙂

  2. I love jalapeno poppers, no cream cheese, real 6 year old cheddar, wrapped in bacon, folks who have had them love them, even those who do not eat the heat.

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