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-Wrapped Tater Tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

My goodness. I’ve made bacon-wrapped tater tots before, but I had no idea how easy and great they’d be when made on the Char-Broil Big Easy. Crunchy bacon. Cheese. Brown sugar. Spicy rub. You don’t nibble these bacon-wrapped tater tots. You pop them in your mouth and close your eyes, bite down and start moaning in tasty pleasure. They’re just amazingly good.

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots on the Char-Broil Big EasyI thought about serving these tots with some sort of dipping sauce. BBQ sauce. Or maybe mustard. Or Sriracha. But no, I wised up and served them hot off the cooker, as-is. They don’t need anything else on them at all. Make yourself a batch and you’ll see exactly what I mean. If you prefer a little kick, also try my bacon jalapeno tater tots.

You’ll need the Big Easy basket that comes with the Big Easy and the add-on bunk bed basket. It doubles the amount of cooking space in your Big Easy. For even more room, check out my Wingin’ator 3000 modification. Love your Big Easy as much I love mine? Check out my Big Easy Add-Ons page and my free Big Easy eCookbook!

Bacon-Wrapped Tater Tots on the Char-Broil Big Easy

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 40 minutes
Author Mike

Ingredients

  • Frozen tater tots defrosted (You can fit 20 or so on a Big Easy with the bunk bed basket)
  • Thin-sliced smoked bacon 1 piece for every 3 tater tots
  • Brown sugar
  • Finely shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese
  • Your favorite rub or spice mix

Instructions

  • Fire up your Big Easy
  • Cut the bacon into 3rds and lay out on a flat surface.
  • Sprinkle the bacon with just a bit of brown sugar and cheese.
  • Place the tots on the bacon and roll them up.
  • Sprinkle the bacon-wrapped tots with the rub and place seam-side down in the Big Easy basket.
  • Lower the basket into the Big Easy and cook for 20-30 minutes or until the bacon has started to crisp (it'll crisp up further as it cools). Note that the tots on top in the bunk bed will tend to cook sooner, so keep an eye on them.
  • Serve and devour!