Smoked Crab Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

Okay, so some chefs will say the jalapeno popper movement is past its prime, but honestly people still love them. If you are one of the lovers of poppers go ahead and make them anytime you want and rejoice! Today I dressed this up by adding crab meat to the mix!  You can use canned crab meat or fresh, whichever you like, I used canned in my recipe and it great. These were smoked, but you could easily grill without smoke or even bake them in the oven on a rack.

jalapeno halves


Start with fresh jalapenos and slice them in half lengthwise.

jalapenos seeded


Next use a spoon to remove the membranes and seeds from inside the jalapeno halves. Be sure to not touch your fingers to your eyes when you are making these.

jalapeno popper stuffing


Add your softened cream cheese, spices, and some of the crab meat in a bowl and mix together well. Be sure to give it a taste and adjust the seasonings if you would like.

stuffed jalapeno poppers


Stuff each of the jalapeno halves with some of your cream cheese mixture. I use a spoon to add a dollop and then spread it a bit with my finger to get into all of the jalapeno.

crab on poppers


Next use the remaining crab meat and sprinkle it over the top of the stuffing. You can press it just a tiny bit so it sticks since you are going to wrap them next.

bacon wrapped jalapeno


Take a half of a slice of bacon and wrap a piece around each of the stuffed jalapenos. You can use toothpicks if you want to secure them, but it is not a must. If you are using toothpicks be sure to soak them in water for about 30 minutes first so they don’t burn up when you cook these.

poppers on grill


For smoking, heat your grill on one side. Add your wood chip box filled with water soaked hickory (or whatever type of wood you want) to the hot side of the grill. Place the jalapenos on the other side of the grill. Let them smoke on the grill for about an hour.

crab stuffed jalapeno poppers with bacon


Take them off the grill and enjoy! These were so delicious and quite filling – especially if your jalapenos are large like mine were. This is something I will be making often!

Do you like jalapeno poppers? Do you prefer them deep fried? What kind of stuffing do you like in them?



Smoked Crab Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers Wrapped in Bacon

Serves 12
Meal type Appetizer
Website Robyn's World


  • 6 Large jalapeno peppers
  • 6oz cream cheese, softened
  • 10oz crab meat, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon lemon zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated garlic (garlic powder)
  • 1/2 teaspoon Spanish paprika
  • 3 pieces bacon, cut in half


Wash peppers. Cut in half lengthwise. Use a spoon to remove the membrane and seeds from inside each pepper.

In a bowl combine the softened cream cheese, half the crab meat, lemon zest, salt, pepper, garlic, and paprika. Mix well.

Stuff each jalapeno half with cream cheese mixture making sure to spread into entire pepper.

Top each stuffed pepper with the remaining crab meat. Press down gently so it sticks to the stuffing.

Wrap a half of slice, spirally, around each stuffed jalapeno.

Prepare your grill by heating up one side. In a wood chip box, add water smoked hickory chips, place on the hot side of the grill. On the cooler part of the grill add your jalapeno poppers. Smoke for about an hour and the bacon is crispy.