This Crowd-Pleasing Appetizer Makes for a Poppin’ Tailgate

It’s tailgate season! There’s nothing quite like an afternoon outdoors, with good food and friends before the game, on a crisp, fall day. It’s surprising how easy it can be to elevate your tailgate with just a couple simple upgrades and a poppin’ recipe that will make tailgating season easier on you and your space a cheer-worthy place. Everything is better with bacon, and tailgating is no exception! So go ahead — find that perfect parking spot, fire up the grill and grab your favorite drink – tailgating season is here.

We’ve got the perfect recipe for grilled bacon wrapped jalapeno poppers that will be a sure crowd-pleaser on event day. The great part is, you can prep and prepare ahead of time so when the tailgate folds down, you only have to fire up the grill! The cream cheese and cheddar are a smooth blend to pair with the spice of the pepper. Wrap it all in bacon and these poppers won’t last long, in fact, I’m pretty certain they’ll be the hit of the party.

Bacon-Wrapped Jalapeno Poppers


  • 6 fresh jalapeno peppers (halved lengthwise and seeded)
  • 1 (8 ounce) package cream cheese
  • 1/2 C shredded cheddar
  • 12 slices bacon

Cooking Instructions:
Step 1: Pre-heat your grill. Spread the cream cheese into the jalapeno halves and sprinkle shredded cheese over the top. Wrap bacon around the stuffed jalapenos.
Step 2: Place onto the grill and cook until the bacon is crispy.

Ready for a few more simple tailgating tips?

Always be Prepared

A simple folding shelf helps keep all your goods within reach and easily accessible, while not taking up too much space. Keeping your list of items to the portable variety, like a portable grill and speaker, make setup and tear down easy, so you’ve got more time to actually enjoy your friends.

Keep it Cozy

Set out folding chairs and keep a basket of throw blankets nearby in case it gets chilly.

To Go Please

We all know the best part about tailgating is mingling with friends and other tailgaters! Bring along some small to-go containers or waxed paper bags so you can pack up snacks, like poppers and chips, to go.

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