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Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

Jalapeno peppers stuffed with melted cheese in a rack on a grill

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

In my day, we didn’t have the Internet. We used two cans tied together by a string. That’s the way it was, and we liked it!
Apologies to Dana Carvey

Back in the day, when I first started searching the Internet for grilling information, there wasn’t much out there. I had the Virtual Weber Bullet , the BBQ Forum…and that was about it. I scoured those message boards every day for new ideas, reading everything that was posted.
I’m still amazed that I could read everything posted on the Internet about barbecue and grilling. Nowadays? That would be like trying to drink Lake Erie by jumping in halfway to Canada with a straw.

One of the ideas that bubbled up in the forums was Dragon Turds – a smoked version of jalapeno poppers.
Yes, dragon turds. BBQ guys are a bunch of eight-year-old boys at heart, giggling about poop jokes. Me included. Hehehehe – he said turd.

Then some backyard genius invented the jalapeno roaster, a metal plate full of holes to hold the jalapenos vertically. The rest is history. Now everyone knows about stuffed jalapeno peppers, and there are jalapeno roasting kits in every shape you could want, from a jalapeno pepper, to an egg, or even the great state of Texas. I recommend a rectangular rack because it is more space efficient on the grill.
(I should take my advice – I bought a jalapeño pepper shaped rack. It’s cute, and looks great in pictures, but it takes up a lot of room on the grill.)

Most jalapeño stuffings are mainly cream cheese. And, not that there’s anything wrong with that, but I like stuffing my peppers with regular cheese. (Think mini Chile Rellenos.) The result overflows the peppers, leaving the edges crispy and blackened, and full of molten cheese goodness.

Jalapeno peppers stuffed with melted cheese in a rack on a grill

Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers

  • Author: Mike Vrobel
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 40 minutes
  • Yield: 24 peppers 1x


Grilled Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers, a spicy, cheesy, grilled appetizer.



  • 24 jalapeno peppers (or however many your rack holds)
  • 8 ounces shredded cheese (shredded Mexican blend, cheddar, or Colby jack are the best options)
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho pepper
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin


  1. Stuff the peppers: Cut off the stem end of the peppers. Core the peppers, scraping out the seeds and ribs using a small measuring spoon. Toss the cheese, ancho pepper, garlic powder, and cumin in a medium bowl until the spices are evenly distributed. Pack the peppers with cheese, overflowing them slightly, setting each pepper in the pepper rack as you finish it.
  2. Set the grill up for indirect high heat: Set the grill up for a two-zone fire, with one zone set to high heat, and the other with no heat. For my Weber Summit, I preheat the grill with all burners on high for 15 minutes, brush the grill grates clean, then turn off all burners except for burners #1 and #2.
  3. Grill-roast the peppers over indirect heat for 20 minutes: Put the rack of peppers on the grill over indirect heat, not directly over the flames. Close the lid and grill until the cheese melts and browns and the peppers soften, about 20 minutes.
  4. Serve: Remove the rack from the grill. (Be careful, and protect your hands – the rack is very hot.) Set the rack on a heat-safe surface and let the stuffed peppers cool for five minutes, then remove them from the rack and serve.


  • Gloves for pepper prep: Normally, I don’t wear gloves when I’m dealing with hot peppers. I regret that if I forget and rub my eyes or nose later…but, usually, it’s not that big a deal. This recipe is an exception. I handle a lot of peppers in this one, cutting, coring, stuffing, and getting my hands all over the pepper. If you’re brave (or foolhardy), you can skip the gloves…but I’d recommend wearing a pair of powder-free latex gloves while stuffing.
  • Rack size: Check the size of your peppers against the size of your rack – smaller holes may not hold larger peppers, and smaller peppers will fall through the holes once they’ve softened in the grill for a while. Get a rack that holds 18 to 24 peppers – most people can only handle two or three of these spicy peppers before they cry uncle; unless you’re feeding a huge crowd (or a dedicated group of chili heads), 24 peppers will be more than enough.
  • No pepper roasting rack? Cook them sideways by making jalapeno boats. Cut the peppers in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and ribs, leaving the stem end on. (Think “little jalapeno canoes”.) Fill the pepper halves with cheese, then continue with the recipe, placing the peppers carefully on the grill grate over indirect heat, cheese side up.


  • Category: Appetizers and Drinks
  • Method: Grilling
  • Cuisine: American
Coring out the jalapeno

Coring out the jalapeno

Stuffing with cheese

Stuffing with cheese

In the rack and on the grill

Melted and ready to serve (careful, they’re hot!)

What do you think?

Questions? Other ideas? Leave them in the comments section below.

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Hi! I’m Mike Vrobel. I’m a dad and an enthusiastic home cook; an indie cookbook author and food blogger with a day job, a patient spouse, and three kids who would rather have hamburgers for dinner.


  1. Patricia Kempe says

    I use an upside down foil pan with wholes punched with an apple peeler I can make them large enough to accommodate bacon wrapped stuffed peepers

  2. Have you prepared them with a bacon wrap in the rack? Looks like there is space above the rack on the pepper. If you have, did the time for roasting get adjusted?

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