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.