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Sweet Pepper Poppers

by Milisa on June 16, 2011

Sweet Pepper Poppers

Looking for a great appetizer? Well here you go.  Bacon is the star of the show when it comes to the best appetizers.  This is a little different spin on jalapeno poppers. You know barbecued bacon anything is going to be down right delicious and I lightened up the filling by adding sour cream to the cream cheese and added a little spice.  The sweet peppers are nice for those of us who can’t stand the heat; the down side though is the kids will eat them up, meaning less for you (okay, I mean me).  Even our little guy loved them.  Perfect for barbecues and summer parties, and they pair quite nicely with an iced cold beer (or ice cold lemonade for the kiddos) these will be the first thing to disappear.

Sweet Pepper Poppers


  • 12 whole sweet peppers
  • 4 oz cream cheese, softened
  • 1/4 cup sour cream
  • 1 teaspoon Mrs. Dash Seasoning Blend (or granulated garlic)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 12 slices bacon, cut in half
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce

Cooking Directions:

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.  Line a baking sheet with foil.

Remove tops of peppers, cut in half long- wise, remove seeds and ribs.

In a small bowl, combine cream cheese, sour cream, Mrs. Dash, and salt.  Spoon about 1/2 teaspoon of mixture into each pepper half.  Wrap each pepper half with a piece of bacon. Place on baking sheet about 2 inches apart.  Bake for 20 minutes or until bacon is just browned, remove from oven. Carefully drain bacon drippings from pan.  Brush each pepper with barbecue sauce.  Return to oven for 5 to 7 minutes or until barbecue sauce adheres to bacon.  Allow to cool slightly before serving.




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dessertfortwo June 16, 2011 at 8:30 pm

Bacon + barbecue sauce + cream cheese?? I’m in love! :)


Chris @ TheKeenanCookBook June 16, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Bacon? Sign me up! I like the idea of sweet pepper over Jalapeno. And the BBQ sauce is a win. Yum!


Aggie June 17, 2011 at 2:43 am

Gosh, those look so delicious!


Kim in MD June 17, 2011 at 6:25 pm

You had me at bacon-YUM! Wrap bacon around just about anything and I will eat it! ;-) I love that you used sweet baby peppers for these poppers, Milisa. Sometimes jalapenos are just too hot! The addition of BBQ sauce is genious…thanks for sharing! :-)


Sylvie @ Gourmande in the Kitchen June 18, 2011 at 10:26 am

Oh I know a few guys who would be all over these!


danielle July 1, 2011 at 7:20 pm

i’m going to try this alongside our jalapeno poppers. this can be the perfect cool down when they are too hot, and even better for those that don’t like the heat. a perfect use for those banana peppers in the garden.


Cat Davis July 6, 2011 at 10:45 am

I’m so happy to see this recipe. I see “jalepeno poppers” all the time and want to try one but I can’t handle spicy stuff in the least bit. This looks like a delicious alternative! I actually saw sweet bell peppers in the grocery store the other day that are long and slender, just a bit bigger than jalepenos.


Susan in the Boonies February 6, 2012 at 8:10 am

I’m glad Cat Davis said what she said, because I really didn’t know what sweet peppers were. I will look for them now.


Kim in MD February 6, 2012 at 8:00 pm

This is the perfect recipe for all of those bags of baby sweet peppers I see popping up in my local market! Bacon makes everything better, in my opinion!


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