Ingredients (for 20 stuffed peppers)
I began by halving the jalapeno peppers. If you take a look inside the pepper you'll see a bunch of seeds and a white colored "membrane" running down the inside of the pepper. The seeds and membrane are where the spice is located. So if you are afraid of spice I'd advise you to remove every single seed and every bit of membrane. I wanted some spice so not only did I leave some membrane, I also reserved some of the seeds and added them to the cheese mixture shown below! Remember that the pepper itself is not that hot, its those darn seeds and membrane that sets your tongue on fire. It is also a very good idea to wear some latex gloves while you are doing this. Gloves can be found at most pharmacies.
After shredding the colby jack cheese I placed it into a bowl. The quantity of cheese is going to depend on the amount of peppers you are making. I roughly eyeballed this because I only had 4 peppers (8 halves). I wanted more colby jack cheese than cream cheese. In other words, you could try 2/3 cup of shredded colby jack (or more) and 1/3 cup of cream cheese. I took about 10 jalapeno seeds and added them to this cheese mixture and then mashed it all up with a fork.
I used a small spoon to stuff the peppers making sure not to stuff them too much to avoid a cheese spill in my smoker. After stuffing the pepper take 1/2 slice of bacon and wrap it around the pepper. You can use a whole slice of bacon if you are feeling crazy.
After wrapping them in bacon I used a tooth pick to keep everything in place.
Today I was smoking baby back ribs on my new Weber Smokey Mountain so I had the ribs on the top grate and placed these little stuffed jalapeno peppers on the bottom grate. I left the peppers on the smoker for about 2.5 hours. I think they were done at 1.5 hours but my guests weren't here yet so I kept them on for an extra hour. It is hard to overcook things on a 225 degree smoker so it worked out quite well. I used typical low and slow smoking temperatures around 225-250 degrees for the peppers. They are finished when the bacon looks like cooked bacon and the cheese has melted.
These stuffed jalapeno peppers are absolutely amazing and are guaranteed to be the star of any party!
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