Tailgating is one of my favorite things to do with Midlife Road Trip. There’s something about the smell of charcoal, lighter fluid, and grilled meat that just makes me happy. I am always amazed at the quality and creativity tailgaters are able to exhibit in preparing food in a parking lot or on the quad of a college campus. It’s as though there is a competition among some of the tailgaters that is a serious as anything that may take place on a football field.
My brother has been hosting a tailgate party at the University of Alabama for the last few years. While he usually has much of the food catered, I always like to prepare something on-site. This year I am making Bacon-Wrapped, Chicken-Stuffed Jalapeños! I make these as a snack or side dish at home just about every time I fire up the grill. So far they have been a hit with everyone who has tried ’em and it is sure to be a hit with you and your guests.
2 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breast … but when it comes to chicken, I’m a thigh guy)
8 Jumbo Jalapeños
8 slices of thick cut bacon
1 package of cream cheese
16 tooth picks
- Cut the top and stem off of each jalapeño.
- Cut each jalapeño in half (vertically) and hollow out with a paring knife
- If you like heat, proceed to next step. If you don’t like heat, rinse any residual seeds out of each jalapeño.
- Use a jalapeño half as a template to cut a piece of chicken. Lightly salt and pepper the chicken then stuff into that half of the jalapeño.
- Fill the other half of the same jalapeño with cream cheese.
- Put the two halves together and wrap tightly with bacon – starting at the thick end.
- Stick a tooth pick through the bacon an both halves of the jalapeño – one at the thick end and one at the small end.
- Set grill to medium heat.
- Place place the wrapped jalapeños on the grill.
- Monitor the grill closely as the bacon can easily catch fire as the bacon grease drips on to the coals or burners.
- Turn about every 5 minutes for a total of about 20 minutes.
- Use a meat thermometer to check the temperature of the chicken inside each jalapeño. When he temperature reaches 165 degrees, it’s done!
- Take a bite and know that there will be food like this in heaven.
What’s your favorite way to cook chicken?
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