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.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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.
Prep Time20 mins
Cook Time35 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Main
Cuisine: American
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.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time20 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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.