Firecracker Poppers


These are a very spicy appetizer or side that is perfect for the 4th of July!


  • 4 large Jalapeños cut in half, seeds removed
  • 8 oz softened cream cheese
  • 1/4 cup shredded pepper Jack cheese
  • 1/2 cup smoked pulled pork chopped into small pieces (any cooked meats can be used, chicken, burger, sausage, etc.
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp smoked salt
  • Hot sauce to taste
  • 8 slices bacon

Mix cream cheese, pepper jack, meat, garlic, salt and hot sauce together in a small bowl. Scoop mixture into each jalapeño half. Wrap in bacon. Bake in oven or air fryer at 375 for 20-24 minutes.

A non-spicy version could be made using sweet peppers, cheddar cheese and eliminate hot sauce.

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