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Smoked Jalapenos

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Love jalapenos? Have you ever made Smoked Jalapenos? Spicy, smoky, and oh-so-good, they’re going to get gobbled up as fast as you can pull them off the smoker!

smoked jalapenos on a white plate.

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Smoked Jalapenos are pretty much the perfect thing to smoke. They’re inexpensive, they’re spicy, and they’re smoky! Loaded with flavor, I add jalapenos to my Traeger just about every time we fire it up – they’re just that good! And, becuase jalapenos are a vegetable, they’re not going to add fat or calories to your meal – just in case you’re watching those sorts of things.

I’ve smoked jalapenos at a higher heat (around 350F) and I’ve smoked them low-and-slow (around 225F) and they always turn out perfectly! If you want them to have more smoke flavor, low-and-slow is the way to go, but if you just want to add a tasty side dish to something you’re grilling, then pop the jalapenos on at just about any temperature.

What you’ll love about sMOKED Jalapenos


  • They’re spicy and smoky and so darn good!
  • They take up hardly any room on the smoker.
  • Smoke them at just about any temperature!

If you want even more smokiness, add a smoke tube to your pellet grill smoker, or just fire up the wood-fueled smoker and get cooking!

Ingredients

  • Jalapenos – Fresh, green jalapenos.
  • Oil – Use a neutral oil.
  • Salt and pepper

How To Make The Best Smoked Jalapenos

For a full list of ingredients and instructions, please scroll down to the recipe card at the bottom of this page.

  1. Fire up your smoker as per the manufacturer’s instructions. Set it to 250-F. I use a Traeger smoker, but any smoker with indirect heat will work.
  2. Wash and dry the jalapenos.
  3. Toss the jalapenos with the oil until they’re coated.
  4. Season the jalapenos with salt and pepper.
  5. Add the jalapenos to the smoker and close the lid.
  6. Smoke for about an hour until they are soft.
  7. Cool slightly before eating, and enjoy!

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Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • How many jalapenos per person? I count on 1-2 jalapenos as a side dish, or 3-4 as an appetizer or snack.
  • The smoking takes a bit of the heat out of the jalapenos, but you can encourage guests to remove the seeds if they don’t like them too smoky.
  • Don’t over smoke the jalapenos – they can dry out!

Dips for Smoked Jalapenos

Wondering what to dip your smoky jalapenos into? I love them with a cool and creamy dip like this creamy jalapeno dip, or go for extra flavor with a bourbon BBQ sauce or spicy garlic aioli. But, they’re delicious all on their own!

smoked jalapenos on square cast iron dishes.

Make It A Meal

Wondering what to serve with Smoked Jalapenos? I love them as a snack (tailgating, anyone?), or I’ll put them out with other tasty appetizers when I have guests over. They also make a great side dish and accompaniement to dishes like smoked steaks, smoked pork tenderloin, and pork belly burnt ends.

Smoked jalapenos are also excellent on sandwiches, pizzas, and in salsa.

Smoked Jalapenos Vs. Chipotles

What’s the difference between smoked jalapenos and chipotles? They are both jalapenos, but chipotles are made from ripened jalapenos (that have turned red) and are then smoked and dried. Smoked jalapenos chilis are made from green jalapenos and, while smoked, are not then dried.

Storage

Package leftovers in an airtight container and keep them in the fridge for 2-3 days. Any longer than that and they’ll start to get slimy. Not nice.

Smoked jalapenos on a plate.
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Smoked Jalapenos

Smoky and spicy, Smoked Jalapenos are the perfect snack or side dish! Add instant flavor to any meal with these smoked chilis, just pop them onto your smoker and they're ready in no time!
Course Appetizers
Cuisine American
Keyword chili peppers, jalapenos, pellet smoker, smoked, smoked jalapenos, smoker, smoker appetizers, smoker recipes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 5 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 39kcal
Author Chef Jenn

Equipment

Ingredients

  • 8 jalapenos whole
  • 1 tablespoon oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon coarse salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Instructions

  • Fire up your smoker as per the manufacturer's instructions. Set it to 250-F. I use a Traeger smoker, but any smoker with indirect heat will work.
  • Wash and dry the jalapenos.
  • Toss the jalapenos with the oil until they're coated.
  • Season the jalapenos with salt and pepper.
  • Add the jalapenos to the smoker and close the lid.
  • Smoke for about an hour until they are soft.
  • Cool before eating, and enjoy!

Notes

Chef Jenn’s Tips

  • How many smoked jalapenos per person? I count on 1-2 jalapenos as a side dish, or 3-4 as an appetizer or snack.
  • The smoking takes a bit of the heat out of the jalapenos, but you can encourage guests to remove the seeds if they don’t like them too smoky.
  • Don’t over smoke the jalapenos – they can dry out!

Nutrition

Serving: 2peppers | Calories: 39kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 0.3g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 0.3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 2g | Trans Fat: 0.01g | Sodium: 292mg | Potassium: 71mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 303IU | Vitamin C: 33mg | Calcium: 4mg | Iron: 0.1mg

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Nutritional information for this recipe is provided as a courtesy and is calculated based on available online ingredient information. It is only an approximate value. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site cannot be guaranteed.

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