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Smoked Jalapeno Poppers – Stuffed Cream Cheese and Brisket Amazingness

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers – you guys, these are the BOMB and KETO! We are making brisket jalapeno poppers with cheese that you will love.

We were hanging at my brother’s house this weekend. He is master of the grill and smoker. His new tool, the Green Egg and wow – time to buy one. With all the meat he smokes, it’s always good to stay Keto – now when his wife brings out the wine, that’s when we get in trouble. 

Brisket Jalapeno Poppers

Along with the wine, she brought out these brisket jalapeno poppers that were amazeballs. I knew I had to share these keto smoked jalapeno poppers with you.

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smoked jalapeno popper recipe keto

The highlight of this weekend’s meal was my brother’s Smoked Jalapeno Poppers. I mean, I have made these many times, but these poppers are the real deal, y’all. To make these jalapenos more of a keto recipe, he included BRISKET.

How to Make Jalapeno Poppers

These brisket smoked jalapeno poppers include all kinds of goodness. Let’s dive in and look at how to make these delicious keto peppers! We had pre-made brisket, eliminating the step of smoking a brisket in addition to the peppers. You will need approximately 1/4 pound of brisket for this keto meal. 

brisket smoked jalapeno poppers
brisket smoked jalapeno poppers

Prepping the Jalapenos

The first step of making poppers is cleaning and prepping the jalapenos. Here are a few tips to know before you make your dish. 

how to clean jalapeno poppers
how to clean jalapeño peppers

Mild Jalapeño Poppers

If you like just a little bit of heat, one way to help your peppers be a bit milder is to clean your jalapeños well! I scrape out the seeds and then take an extra step and wash the peppers. Remove any of the pepper membrane inside of the pepper.

Spicy Jalapeno Poppers

Do you want your jalapeno poppers to be more spicy? I hear you, I love me some HEAT! This is super easy – but know your audience. Jalapenos can be insanely hot. If you are wanting more heat to our peppers, when cleaning out your jalapenos – remove as many pepper seeds as possible.

milder jalapenos - Learn how to make your jalapenos milder when making smoked jalapeno poppers
Learn how to make your jalapenos milder when making smoked jalapeno poppers

If I am needing to make a mild batch of jalapeno poppers, I will clean the pepper seeds and then wash out the peppers in the sink to ensure that there are no peppers and minimal pepper juice that can increase the heat.

Wash Your Hands

Make sure that you wash your hands well with soap after cleaning your jalapenos. I can’t even tell you the pain that jalapeno juice in the eyeball hurts! When making these in bulk, I have used plastic gloves which work well!

Overwhelming Smell

Something else to be cautious, when washing the peppers – I have been overwhelmed with the smell of the peppers.

keto brisket jalapeno poppers
keto brisket jalapeno poppers

So much so, I was gasping for air. Just be careful and clean in a well vented area. Walking outside for some fresh air helped me!

Every Pepper is Different

Every jalapeno is different! Some are mild, some spicy. If someone has a way to tell which are which, please share!

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Yield: 12

Smoked Jalapeno Poppers Recipe with Brisket and Cream Cheese

Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour
Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes

When asking my 14-year-old son what he thought of the smoke jalapeno peppers, he described them in a way I had never thought of. He kept talking about the textures, layers of tastes and the heat. These Keto jalapeno poppers include so many different flavors but work oh so well together!

These smoked jalapeno peppers include brisket. That's right, BRISKET! Get that protein in and enjoy the savory taste of brisket mixed with cheeses and spices, wrapped in heat than wrapped in crunchy bacon!

These cream cheese jalapeno poppers make awesome appetizers for parties, but I like to just eat them for dinner. Make extras and eat them the next day for lunch (that's what I did today!)

I am shutting up now and showing you how to make jalapeno poppers, filled with brisket, cream cheese and smoked with bacon.


  • 12 Jalapenos
  • 8 oz of Cream Cheese
  • 1 Cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
  • 1/4 Pound Brisket (Pre-cooked)
  • 12 Slices of Bacon
  • 3 Tsp Salt 
  • 2 Tsp Pepper
  • 2 Tsp Garlic 


  1. Pre-heat your smoker to 180 degrees
  2. Prep and clean your jalapenos. Wash, cut in half and scrape pepper insides with a fork. Read our tips, these will help in determining the spicy heat level of your smoked jalapeno peppers!
  3. Lay peppers onto a baking sheet
  4. Salt and pepper the empty jalapeno peppers
  5. In a bowl, mix together garlic, the remaining salt and pepper with thawed cream cheese and cheddar cheese
  6. Spoon the cheese mixture into each of the jalapeno peppers - when smoking jalapenos - I like to use the entire pepper!
  7. Place a few pieces of your smoked brisket onto the jalapeno
  8. Wrap each whole pepper with a slice of bacon
  9. Place poppers into the smoker for 30 minutes at 180 degrees
  10. After 30 minutes, increase the temperature to 375 degree and cook for another 30 minutes
  11. Bacon will be crispy when your smoked peppers are done.


All of this deliciousness and YES! This is a keto recipe! Our smoked poppers are a great low carb appetizer. Bring it to your next bbq, party or get together.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 15gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 6gCholesterol: 50mgSodium: 901mgCarbohydrates: 3gNet Carbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 1gProtein: 10g

Nutrition data calculated by Nutritionix

Use Leftover Brisket

If you’ve been around here for a hot second, you know this girl loves her left overs. I am all about making large quantities of meat and then using it through-out the week for various meals.

brisket smoked peppers

Also, I have a family of 6 – yes 4 kids that I cook for. Of course, it would be fabulous if everyone was on the same diet – but that would just make my life too easy. 

All that said, make yourself a huge brisket! Slap it on 2 pieces of Sola keto bread. Or just cut it up and eat it through-out the week. Just don’t forget to make this smoked brisket jalapeno poppers recipe!

Make Those Cream Cheese Jalapeno Poppers!

smoked jalapeno poppers

More Keto Appetizers

If you loved our smoked jalapeno poppers then don’t miss out on our other keto appetizers!

We love some peppers – did you see our Piquillo Stuffed Pepper Recipe

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Smoked Keto Jalapeno Poppers is part of the Keto Dirty series of Keto Appetizers

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