If you are a bacon lover like myself, then these Smoked Texas Twinkies are right for you. Not only do we use Thick Cut Wright Brand Bacon on the outside of these Twinkies, but they are whole jalapeno’s stuffed with a cream cheese mixture (including shredded brisket), seasoned with bbq rub and glazed with maple syrup. This is the ultimate sweet, savory and salty combo!
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What are Texas Twinkies?
Have you ever head of Smoked Texas Twinkies? Well they have a lot in common with Jalapeno Poppers with a few subtle differences. For starters, they all are whole jalapenos instead of halved. They usually follow the “T” shape extraction of the seeds and filling inside the pepper and then stuffed with a cream cheese filling.
This cream cheese filling isn’t just any normal cream cheese filling! Smoked Texas Twinkies utilize leftover chopped brisket in their cream cheese for a heartier and more savory flavor. The brisket is pretty non-negotiable for Smoked Texas Twinkies, but you can also use some other substitutes like shredded beef chuck roast, pulled pork and more.
Lastly, the Smoked Texas Twinkies are wrapped in thick cut bacon all the way around, seasoned with BBQ seasoning and smoked low & slow in order to get a nice smokey yet crispy texture on the outside. Today, I am using the gold standard of bacon: Wright Brand Hickory Smoked Bacon.
Why Wright Brand Bacon?
To be honest, it isn’t just the cream cheese filling and quality jalapenos that make these Smoked Texas Twinkies stand out. The key to the whole recipe is high quality bacon! Wright Brand Bacon is just that: high quality thick cut bacon built for a recipe like this. I love the Thick Cut Hickory Smoked Bacon because it already has some delicious smoke flavor before you throw these Smoked Texas Twinkies on the smoker.
Here are a few words on using Wright Brand Bacon for this cook. Make sure to get the Thick Cut (obviously) and make sure it is very cold when you wrap the jalapenos. Try to get a good mixture of fat and meat on the bacon as that will give you good flavor but also a lot of heartiness in the Twinkie. Lastly, let that bacon cook until it is nice and crispy. The traditional crispy bacon outside is difficult to achieve on the smoker; therefore, be patient. All in all, using Wright Brand Bacon makes this recipe top shelf.
Time to Eat
Once your Smoked Texas Twinkies are almost done smoking, you are more than welcome to glaze them with some warm maple syrup for a nice sweet & savory kick. Now I have to state that this is relatively non-traditional, but I really love the kick of sweetness on these. Make sure to let the cooked Texas Twinkies rest for 5-10 minutes as the filling will be lava hot! Slice into them or eat them whole once cooled! These are an amazing recipe for a pool party, family event or just a weeknight snack. Cheers and enjoy!
Smoked Texas Twinkies
If you are a bacon lover like myself, then these Smoked Texas Twinkies are right for you. This is the ultimate sweet, savory and salty combo!
Smoked Texas Twinkies:
- 8-10 Whole Jalapeños
- 16 oz Cream Cheese
- 1 cup Shredded Smoked Brisket
- ½ cup Shredded Cheddar Cheese
- 10-12 slices Wright Brand Bacon Hickory Smoked
- Favorite BBQ Seasoning as needed
- Maple Syrup for glaze
Begin by mixing together the cream cheese, shredded brisket and cheddar cheese in one bowl. Next, take a jalapeno and slice a “T” shape with the top slice being underneath the steam and the long slice going the length of the pepper. Using gloves or a utensil, scoop out all the filling and seeds from the inside of the jalapeno. Be careful not to break the stem off. Once cleaned, stuff the pepper full of the cream cheese mixture. Next, take 1 slice of Wright Brand Bacon and carefully wrap it around the whole jalapeno making sure to fully encase it. Season the outside of the bacon with your favorite BBQ seasoning and set to the side. Repeat this for all the other jalapenos until completed.
Preheat your smoker/grill to indirect heat at 250F. Add some wood chips or wood chunks to the smoker for added smoke flavor.
Add your Texas Twinkies to the smoker and let cook for about 90 minutes or until the bacon has become dark amber and crispy. During the last 10 minutes of cooking, glaze the outside of each Twinkie with maple syrup and let cook to get a nice sheen. Once done, pull them off and let them cool for 5 minutes.
Slice them up, serve and enjoy!
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