Bacon Jalapeno Tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Oh yes, I’ve made bacon-wrapped tater tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Several times. And I love them. Lots. But, if you follow this blog, you know I like some kick to my tots. Hence these bacon jalapeno tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Same concept, but with some heat. Not a whole lot, but enough to be noticed. Served with a great creamy cheese sauce that also has a bit of a kick to it.
Bacon Jalapeno Tots on the Char-Broil Big EasyThe key to cooking bacon-wrapped tater tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy is to cook them until they just start to char. They won’t be super crispy yet. That happens after you take them out of the cooker and they cool. The bacon will crisp up as it sits.

If you don’t want to make this spicy version of bacon-wrapped tater tots, leave out the jalapeno slices and use Monterey Jack cheese in the cheese sauce. You’ll definitely still have a plate of fantastic treats.

Also try my bacon BBQ chicken bombs, also made on the Big Easy. For a super-easy snack, try roasting some peanuts!

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Bacon Jalapeno Tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy to cook all of these tots at once.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 24 bites

Ingredients

For the cheese sauce

  • 2 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 1 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 cups whole milk
  • 1 cup grated Pepper Jack cheese or your favorite cheese

For the wrapped tots

  • 1 pound sliced bacon cut in half (you may not use all of the bacon)
  • 24 frozen tater tots thawed
  • 3 medium jalapenos stems and seeds removed, then cut into 24 small strips

Instructions

For the cheese sauce

  • Melt the butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat.
  • Add the salt, pepper and flour and whisk for 1 minute.
  • Slowly whisk in the milk.
  • Bring mixture to a very low boil. Add the cheese and stir.
  • Reduce the heat and peep warm until ready to use.

For the wrapped tots

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Wrap a strip of jalapeno and a tot with a piece of bacon.
  • Place seam-side down into the Big Easy basket. Do not let the tots touch or the bacon will not cook evenly.
  • After all of the tots are wrapped, lower the basket into your Big Easy and cook for 20 minutes or until the bacon just starts to char.
  • Remove and let cool slightly before serving with the warm cheese sauce for dipping.

Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These bacon BBQ chicken bombs have been on my to-do list for a while now. I was definitely looking forward to making them on my Char-Broil Big Easy, which is about as fuss-free as you can get. Good doesn’t even come close to describing them. Each bite pops with tender, moist chicken, cheese-stuffed jalapenos, bacon and BBQ sauce.

Don’t fear the jalapenos if you’re not into spicy foods. They mellow out a lot while cooking. If you’re still not sure about using them, you can substitute poblanos. Just halve them lengthwise, remove the seeds, then halve them again depending on how big the peppers are. You’ll still get that great pepper flavor but without any heat.
Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big EasyThese bacon BBQ chicken bombs may seem to be complicated to make on the Char-Broil Big Easy, but they are not. You’re just pounding out some chicken breast, wrapping it around cheese-stuffed jalapenos, rolling it up and wrapping it in bacon. Then onto the Big Easy until done, basted with BBQ sauce, and devoured. That’s it. They’re highly addicting. I recommend making extra because they’re just as good leftover.

Also try my Sriracha bacon onion rings, also cooked up perfectly on the Big Easy.

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Bacon BBQ Chicken Bombs on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: You'll need at least one Bunk Bed basket for your Big Easy, or even two, or you might have to cook these bombs in batches.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 35 minutes
Total Time 55 minutes
Servings 10 bombs
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 5 small boneless skinless chicken breasts butterflied and pounded thin (about 1/4") Note: You can also substitute chicken tenderloins
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 ounces cream cheese softened
  • 1 cup sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 5 large jalapenos halved lengthwise, seeds removed
  • 20 slices bacon
  • 1 cup your favorite barbecue sauce

Instructions

  • Note: You want each piece of chicken to be approximately the width of the length of the jalapenos.
  • Season the chicken with salt and pepper.
  • In a bowl, combine the cream cheese and cheddar.
  • Spoon the cheese mixture into each jalapeno half.
  • Working in batches, place the jalapenos onto the chicken and roll up. Place seam-side down when done so they don't unroll. If you're chicken pieces are too big you might have to trim them a bit.
  • Wrap 2 pieces of bacon around each rolled chicken. Tuck ends under the bacon to seal. The first few might not be pretty, but once you get a hang of it they're fun to make. And they'll taste great no matter what when they are done!
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Add the chicken bombs to the Big Easy basket (and bunk bed basket(s) if using). Do not let them touch. If you have to, cook them in batches.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes, basting with the BBQ sauce every 10 minutes. Note: I use a very long basting brush to get down inside the basket and get the sauce on all of the chicken bombs. Be careful to not burn yourself. If you can't reach them, just baste them after they are cooked.
  • Remove and check for doneness (165 F) on all cooking levels.
  • Let rest for 5 minutes then serve.

Nachos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I cannot stop using the cooking rack for my Char-Broil Big Easy. Not only does it give me up to 6 levels of cooking, I figured out I can add 9″ pie pans and cook things I could never cook before. Like nachos. Crunchy nachos, with melted cheese. With all of your favorite toppings. You’ll be really happy with how great the chips for crisp up in your Big Easy. They’re perfect!
Nachos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You’re not cooking the nachos on the Char-Broil Big Easy, just melting the cheese and warming and crisping the chips. If you’re favorite toppings include cooked crumbled sausage or Mexican ground beef, cook the meat first before adding it to the nachos.

Check out my write-up on the cooking rack for tips and tricks!

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Nachos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need a Big Easy Cooking Rack and 9" pie pans to make these nachos.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Tortilla chips
  • Shredded cheese
  • Your favorite toppings

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Add the tortilla chips to the pie pans. Do not overcrowd the chips.
  • Top chips with shredded cheese.
  • Lower basket into the Big Easy.
  • Cook until the cheese melts.

Jalapeno Poppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Ever since getting a cooking rack for my Char-Broil Big Easy I’ve been making tons of dishes I would normally make on my grill or in the oven. Like these jalapeno poppers. In no time I can make a big batch of these little treats. Cream cheese, bacon, and jalapeno. The jalapenos tame down a lot while they cook, so don’t worry about them being super spicy. They’re very good, and my favorite part, you can taste that they are peppers but not have your mouth set on fire!
Jalapeno Poppers on the Char-Broil Big EasyThe bacon around the jalapeno poppers won’t get super crispy on the Char-Broil Big Easy, but it does come out cooked perfectly. Some folks like to secure the bacon using toothpicks, but I’ve found if you use pieces that are long enough they tend to secure themselves. If you do use toothpicks, soak them in water for 15 minutes first to help prevent them from burning.

For a slightly different take on the classic jalapeno popper, try making scorpion tails on your Big Easy. Or my little more mellow pickle poppers.

The cooking rack is great on the Char-Broil Big Easy. You can read my thoughts on the rack here.

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Jalapeno Poppers on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 1 hour
Servings 20 halves
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 10 whole jalapenos
  • 1 8 ounce package cream cheese, slightly softened
  • 1/2 pound thin bacon
  • Your favorite BBQ rub optional

Instructions

  • Cut the jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds and membranes.
  • Spoon in enough cream cheese to fill the cavity.
  • Wrap bacon around jalapenos. Depending on the size of your peppers, you may want to cut the bacon in half first.
  • Season with BBQ rub.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Transfer jalapenos to the Big Easy cooking rack.
  • Lower basket into the cooker and cook until the bacon is sizzling hot and the cream cheese is melted.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.

Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

These Sriracha bacon onion rings that I made on my Char-Broil Big Easy give new meaning to kicked-up goodness. I mean, come on, what could be better than Sriracha and bacon? Now, these rings don’t get all super crispy like they’ve been deep-fried, but they more than make up for that with flavor. You can’t possibly make enough of these to satisfy your guests.
Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big EasyYou can serve the rings ‘as-is’, or do as I did and mix a few squirts of Sriracha and Ranch dressing together and use that as a dipping sauce. The cool Ranch helps cool off the spicy goodness, but it doesn’t hide it. Heck, I added Sriracha to it so it’s not like it’s wimpy.

You can’t fit a whole bunch of Sriracha bacon onion rings on the standard basket that comes with your Big Easy. To really make a batch, you’ll need the Big Easy cooking rack available from Char-Broil. It adds a lot of cooking room. You can read my evaluation of the rack by clicking here.

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Sriracha Bacon Onion Rings on the Char-Broil Big Easy

In order to cook the full recipe amount below you'll need the Big Easy cooking rack. Otherwise, you'll have to divide the recipe up. Or at least use a Big Easy Bunk Bed basket to double the amount you can cook at once.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 12 -16 rings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large Vidalia onions
  • Sriracha sauce
  • 8 slices good bacon

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Slice the onion into thick 'steaks' about 1/2" thick.
  • Push out the inner rings (save for another use), leaving the last two outer rings still together as one. Do not separate them. Note: If the rings are particularly thick then you can separate them as cook them as single rings.
  • Squeeze some Sriracha into a bowl that's just big enough to fit an onion ring.
  • Place the ring into the sauce. Using your fingers, spread the sauce all over the ring. Flip the onion and repeat. Get it coated, but not drenched.
  • Wrap bacon around the rings. Don't wrap too tightly since the bacon will shrink. Don't wrap it too loose or it'll fall off.
  • Brush (or just use your fingers) more Sriracha on the outside of the bacon.
  • Place the rings on your Big Easy rack and lower into the Big Easy.
  • Cook the rings until the bacon just starts to crisp. Gently flip them and cook another 10-15 minutes. Remove to a baking sheet and let firm up a bit.

Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Very few things are as addicting as chorizo-stuffed Fritos made on the Char-Broil Big Easy. These little bite-sized snacks disappear in no time. As an added bonus, they are incredibly easy to make. You can fit a whole bunch of stuffed Fritos on the Big Easy, making it perfect for cooking for a crowd, if you have the available cooking rack.
Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big EasyJust about anything you put in the Fritos is going to taste great. I used Mexican chorizo because I love the spiciness that is brings to dishes, but ground breakfast sausage would also be fantastic.

Be careful when pulling these chorizo-stuffed Fritos off your Big Easy. In no time the chips get mighty hot, so use tongs or let them cool a bit first before handling and eating. You can also make these great Fritos on your grill.

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Chorizo-Stuffed Fritos on the Char-Broil Big Easy

You'll need the 6-level cooking rack from Char-Broil to heat up a bunch of these treats at once.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Fritos Scoops chips grab 2 bags in case it's hard to find the perfectly-shaped chips
  • Cooked Mexican chorizo finely crumbled (Note: If you cannot crumble the sausage well enough, toss the slightly-cooled cooked chorizo into a food processor and pulse a few times)
  • Shredded cheese extra sharp cheddar or pepperjack work great!
  • 1 cup Ranch salad dressing
  • 2 tablespoons or more, to taste chopped chipotle peppers along with some of the adobo sauce
  • Green onions sliced thin, for garnish

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Open the bag of chips and place in a large bowl. Go through them and grab the biggest, best scooping chips you can find.
  • Combine the crumbled chorizo and cheese. Press lightly into the chips and transfer to the cooking rack.
  • Lower rack into the Big Easy and cook until the cheese is melted on all levels, about 5 minutes.
  • Remove the rack and let cool slightly.
  • While the chips are cooling whisk together the dressing and chipotle with adobo.
  • Serve chips drizzled with the sauce and garnished with green onions.

Potato Skins on the Char-Broil Big Easy

For me, the best part of these potato skins on the Char-Broil Big Easy isn’t so much the toppings, though let’s face it, I do love bacon and cheese and sour cream and jalapenos. No, it’s actually the crispy potato skins. Brushing them with melted butter mixed with smoky chipotle powder really sets these skins apart from the usual. It’s not all about the toppings. Every bite is fantastic.
Potato Skins on the Char-Broil Big EasyDepending on how big your skins are you can fit at least 8 of them on the Big Easy at once if you use the additional bunk bed basket.

You can also cook French fries and hash brown patties on the Big Easy.

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Potato Skins on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 -4 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 2 large baking potatoes
  • 2 tablespoons butter melted
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 cup extra sharp cheddar cheese shredded
  • 3 strips of bacon cooked, crumbled
  • 2 green onions chopped
  • Sour cream
  • Diced or sliced jalapenos optional

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Cut each potato lengthwise into four wedges. Don't make the wedges too thick. If you are using very large potatoes you might have a center portion leftover for other uses.
  • Using a spoon or melon baller, scrape out the potato insides, leaving 1/4" or so left.
  • Place on a microwave safe plate and microwave on high for 6-10 minutes or until tender.
  • Combine the butter and chipotle powder and brush on all sides of the potatoes.
  • Place the potatoes on a rack and lower into the cooker and cook for 5 minutes until hot and starting to get crispy.
  • Remove the basket from the Big Easy and let cool for a minute or two.
  • CAREFULLY top the potatoes with the cheese (be careful to not touch the still-hot basket) and return to the Big Easy for a few more minutes or until the cheese is melted.
  • Serve topped with the bacon, green onions, sour cream and diced or sliced jalapenos as desired.

Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I really should’ve listened to my inner voice. You know the one. The one that says “You should make a double batch of these bacon-wrapped shrimp on the Char-Broil Big Easy“. But I didn’t listen. I fired up my cooker and made just one batch. One little ole batch. I knew as soon as the bacon started cooking that I was in a for a treat. In almost no time I was enjoying hot, tender, moist shrimp wrapped in tasty bacon, seasoned with my favorite Fire-Eater rub, dipped in a cool remoulade sauce. You can’t beat it.
Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp on the Char-Broil Big EasyDarn near anything wrapped in bacon is good. Bacon-wrapped shrimp and cooked on the Char-Broil Big Easy is crazy good. Try my bacon-wrapped appetizer sausages. Or bacon-wrapped Brussels sprouts. And of course, bacon-wrapped tater tots.

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Bacon-Wrapped Shrimp on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Thin-sliced bacon 1 slice for every 3 shrimp
  • Large shrimp shelled and deveined (I was able to cook 12 24-30 count shrimp at a time in the bottom of the Big Easy basket)
  • Your favorite seasoning I used our Fire-Eater Rub
  • Remoulade sauce for dipping (try our spicy Creole remoulade)

Instructions

  • Stick the bacon into the freezer for 15 minutes to make it easier to slice.
  • Fire up your Big Easy.
  • Slice the bacon into thirds and wrap around the shrimp.
  • Sprinkle the shrimp with the seasoning and place into the Big Easy basket.
  • Cook in the Big Easy for 20 minutes for large shrimp. Do not overcook or the shrimp will get tough.
  • Remove and let cool for 10 minutes to help crisp up the bacon.
  • Serve with remoulade sauce for dipping.

Mexican Bean Dip on the Char-Broil Big Easy

I love a spicy bean dip. Served up with a big ole bowl of warmed tortilla chips. Melted cheese, refried beans, spicy sausage, and lots of heat. I made this Mexican bean dip on the Char-Broil Big Easy in no time at all. You can make it in your oven too, just as easily.

This dip is not shy on heat. You can tone it back by using regular chorizo instead of hot (or substitute ground beef or sausage) and skipping the jalapenos.

Mexican Bean Dip on the Char-Broil Big EasyDisposable mini meatloaf pans are great for cooking up dishes like this dip on the Big Easy. You can fit 4 of them on the cooker at once if you use the Big Easy Bunk Bed basket.

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Mexican Bean Dip on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Cuisine Appetizer
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 8 -12 servings
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • 1 pound hot Mexican chorizo sausage
  • 1/2 medium red onion chopped
  • 1 clove garlic minced
  • 1 6 ounce can refried beans
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 3 disposable mini meatloaf pans if cooking in the oven use a 9" x 9" baking dish
  • 3 jalapeno peppers seeded and chopped
  • 1/4 cup taco or hot sauce
  • 1/2 pound shredded cheese I used a combination of taco and Mexican cheese
  • Black olives sliced
  • Green onion sliced
  • Tortilla chips warmed

Instructions

  • Crumble the sausage into a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook until almost done.
  • Add the onion and garlic and continue cooking until the meat is done.
  • Stir in the beans, cumin and oregano. Remove from heat.
  • Fire up your Big Easy (or preheat your oven to 350 F if cooking in the oven).
  • Divide the meat mixture between the pans.
  • Divide the hot jalapenos and taco sauce between the pans.
  • Place into the Big Easy or oven and cook for 10 minutes.
  • Add cheese to the tops of the dips and cook for another 10-15 minutes or until hot and bubbly.
  • Top with olives and green onion and serve with warm tortilla chips.

Bacon-Wrapped Lit’l Smokies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Bacon-wrapped Lit’l Smokies on the Char-Broil Big Easy have been on my radar for a few weeks now. I was just waiting for a nice day to fire up and make a big ole batch of them. That nice day came, and boy, was it ever a glorious day (food-wise and weather-wise!). I can’t even begin to tell you just how great these little bites are. They are the perfect appetizers. Crunchy, yummy bacon. Fire-eater rub (or whatever rub or seasoning you prefer). And of course, little sausages. You cannot stop eating them.

I served these little morsels with warmed spicy BBQ sauce for dipping. A nice creamy mustard dipping sauce would be great too. Or Sriracha. Or just pop them in your mouth and enjoy!
Bacon-Wrapped Lit'l Smokies on the Char-Broil Big EasyAnything wrapped in bacon is going to taste great, like these bacon-wrapped lit’l smokies on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Check out my bacon-wrapped tater tots, also made on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Or some bacon-wrapped shrimp!

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Bacon-Wrapped Lit'l Smokies on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Note: To cook an entire package of cocktail sausages at once in your Big Easy you'll need the Bunk Bed basket.
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 45 yummy bites
Author Mike

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Place the bacon into the freezer for 30 minutes.
  • Slice the bacon into thirds and sprinkle with the rub.
  • Place a cocktail sausage at the end of each piece of bacon and roll up.
  • Place seam-side down into the Big Easy basket.
  • Fire up your Big Easy and insert the basket full of smokies.
  • Cook for around 20 minutes or until the bacon starts to crisp (it will crisp up more as it cools, so do not over-cook it). The top pieces may get done before the bottom. If that happens, simply remove the bunk bed basket and continue cooking the sausages on the lower level.
  • Let cool slightly before serving.
  • Serve with your favorite dipping sauce.