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Smoked Stuffed Peppers

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I know what you’re thinking, “I don’t like peppers.”  I wasn’t a fan until just recently.  First, skip past the greens and go with yellow or at least orange ones.  They cost a little more but they aren’t nearly as harsh as the green pepper.  Also, with this recipe, if you don’t like peppers at all, scoop the gooey goodness out of the pepper and discard the rest.

Smoked Stuffed Pepper Ingredients:

3 yellow peppers
30 pepperoni slices
6 tbsp of cream cheese
9 slices of monterey jack cheese
1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered

Yield: six servings

First, chop off the stem and slice the peppers in half:

Remove the seeds and any white flesh. That’s my wife helping out with the deseeding. I never wear black nail polish. I’m more for the reds:

Now put one tablespoon of cream cheese inside each pepper half and spread around with the back of a spoon:

Then fill each pepper half with quartered cherry or grape tomatoes:

Then layer five slices of pepperoni on top of each pepper half:

You can also do a couple slices of sweet coppa rather than pepperoni:

And then place the soon to be smoked stuffed peppers on the grill.  Obviously I was grilling more than three peppers worth, but I wanted to cut it down to a more manageable size for the recipe:

The grill was set up for two zone grilling, with coals on one side and the peppers went opposite of that.  I threw a couple chunks of sassafras wood on the coals and shut the lid. The internal temp of the grill was between 275-300.

At about 15 minutes, the sassafras is smelling great, so I checked on the peppers and saw that the coals were pretty ashed over so I wanted to shake the ash loose and I lifted up the leg of the grill an inch or two and let it slam back down to shake the cooking chamber.  This is a good way to jostle the coals, but it also jostled the peppers.  My 10 halves on the grill became 9 on the grill, and 1 under it:

DOH!!

At the 25 minute mark I checked the progress:

I rotated the smoked stuffed peppers around at this point.  The peppers closest in this shot were cooking faster than the far ones so I switched them and moved each one 180 degrees so the side farthest from the coals was now the closest.

Here’s a closeup to show a little blackening from the pepperoni at the 25 minute mark.  Don’t sweat that, just rotate it away from the fire like I did with these:

At 50 minutes the smoked stuffed peppers looked like this:

At this point I applied the cheese, a slice and a half per stuffed pepper half.  I used monterey jack and muenster, both were delicious, although you could just as easily use mozzarella or havarti:

I closed the lid for 10 more minutes to melt the cheese and here are the smoked stuffed peppers covered with oozing cheese and ready to plate:

Now picking these things up is a little tricky as the peppers are really soft at this point.  Instead of trying to grab the pepper on two sides with my tongs, I had to scoop them up from underneath:

Here’s a closeup of the tongs.  Notice I don’t clamp them down on top, or the cheese will stick to the tongs and probably push the contents out the side:

Looking back, I would probably put the cheese on earlier.  I was worried that it would all run over the sides, but with all the open space around the quartered tomatoes, it all sunk down into the middle.  Adding it earlier would add a nice smokiness to the cheese as well.

The pepper is soft and sweet, the cream cheese is creamy and melded around the bottom of the tomatoes that are warm and tangy, the pepperoni is crispy around the edges and salty and spicy, the cheese on top laying over everything like a baby’s blanket, and all with the subtle sassafras smoke. Outstanding…

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Smoked Stuffed Peppers
Yellow peppers stuffed with cream cheese, grape tomatoes, pepperoni and topped with cheese all cooked on the grill
Author:
Cuisine: BBQ
Recipe type: Appetizer
Serves: 6
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Ingredients
  • 3 yellow peppers
  • 30 pepperoni slices
  • 6 tbsp of cream cheese
  • 9 slices of monterey jack cheese
  • 1 package of cherry or grape tomatoes, quartered
Instructions
  1. Chop off the stems, slice the peppers in half and remove the white flesh and seeds
  2. Put one tablespoon of cream cheese inside each pepper half and spread around with the back of a spoon
  3. Fill each pepper half with quartered tomatoes
  4. Cover each pepper with five slices of pepperoni
  5. Prepare the grill for two zone grilling: coals and smoke wood on the left, nothing on the right
  6. Target temperature is 275-300
  7. Place the peppers on the side of the grill with no coals and close the lid
  8. At about the 25-30 minute mark, rotate the peppers so the ones closest to the coals are the farthest and vice versa
  9. At the 50 minute mark, place a slice and a half of cheese on top of each pepper half
  10. Close the lid for 10 minutes until the cheese is melted
  11. Remove from the heat by scooping them up from the bottom (trust me)
  12. Allow to cool a little and serve

 

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  • Brass

    These look incredible! Love the focus you guys are giving to veggies and fruits on the grill. Keep up the craziness!

    I’d be interested in seeing what you come up with in the way of stuffed tomatoes on the grill. Looking forward to having these on a grill near me soon.

  • http://yearonthegrill.blogspot.com/ Year on the Grill

    it’s like a pizza pepper!

    I’m planning to add a little Marinara sauce, but whoop whoop will be stealing this recipe!

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      YOTG,

      The recipe given to me had mozzarella on top, but with the pepperoni, I was trying to get away from the pizza deal and make it my own recipe, but I can certainly see that being quite good. Let us know how it goes…

      …….Scott

  • http://yearonthegrill.blogspot.com/ Year on the Grill

    Hey guys, just following up, I did indeed cook these up this weekend for an event I hosted. I added the marinara sauce in place of tomatoes (I was after the “pizza thing”) and it was a HUGE hit!

    http://yearonthegrill.blogspot.com/2011/06/foodbuzz-24×24-day-at-farmers-market_26.html

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Glad they were a hit. I’ll have to try the marinara deal as well…

      …….Scott

  • http://Tippingpitchers(TheLounge) Jim (jhuegy)

    Hey GF, one quick question. For let’s say 5 peppers instead of 3, how many briquettes do you start with and do you add any more during the process? Thanks. Can’t wait to try these out for my son’s in laws when they come in from Wisconsin in a couple weeks.

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Jim,

      I used about a 3/4 of a chimney of charcoal and you won’t need to add anymore coals. They should last you at least 2 hours and you only need one. It was enough to cover about one third of the bottom of a Grill Manufacturer That Shall Not Be Named. Coals and smoke wood on one side, peppers on the other. Be read to rotate at about 25-30 minutes to make sure they are cooking evenly…

      …….Scott

  • Andy Foster

    Tried it yesterday and it worked like a charm. Thanks for this idea.

  • http://Tippingpitchers(TheLounge) Jim (jhuegy)

    Tried them tonight as an appetizer with the tomatoes and OMG they were FANTASTIC! Thanks Scott.

  • Sarah

    Went camping with the girls last weekend, we each had a meal to prepare I made these peppers w/o meat added veggie spice and pepper jack cheese. They were great! everyone enjoyed them. Now the eggplant was not so much a hit, any hint for that?

    • http://www.GrillinFools.com Scott

      Sarah,

      We do have an eggplant recipe on the site. It’s basically blackened and cooked and then made into sort of paste to dip bread or pita shells in… Do a search for eggplant and you should find it…

      …….Scott

  • Steve Loecher

    Nice job Scott. I’ll bet some Prosciutto would be good on these.