Texas Twinkies

Texas Twinkies are a tasty BBQ delicacy made from jalapeños stuffed with cream cheese and brisket, then wrapped in bacon. Because everything is better with bacon. 

 

If you are serving appetizers up to guests, throw in some Smoked Cream Cheese! It's ready in about an hour and super easy to make!

What are Texas Twinkies?

Texas Twinkies are the perfect appetizer. Jalapeño peppers are filled with cream cheese and brisket and then wrapped in bacon. They are typically smoked until the bacon is crispy and the flavors meld together. They can also be made in the oven.  (I give directions for both) 

Tips and Tricks For Making the Perfect Texas Twinkies

  • Prepare your jalapeños: Remove the seeds and membrane for a milder flavor, or leave them intact for extra heat.
  • Choose quality ingredients: Opt for cream cheese with a smooth texture and flavorful brisket to ensure a delicious filling.
  • Bacon wrapping technique: Secure the bacon strips tightly around the stuffed jalapeños to prevent them from unraveling during cooking.
  • Low and slow smoking: Smoke the Texas Twinkies at a low temperature for a longer duration to infuse them with rich, smoky flavor without overcooking.
  • Customize to taste: Experiment with different types of cheese or add your favorite seasonings to the cream cheese mixture for a unique twist on this classic recipe.

 

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Easy Variations

Sausage Surprise: Substitute the brisket with cooked and crumbled sausage.
Cheese Lover's Dream: Mix shredded cheddar or pepper jack cheese into the cream cheese filling for an extra cheesy twist.
Sweet Heat: Add a touch of sweetness by mixing in some honey or brown sugar to the cream cheese mixture.
Veggie Delight: For a vegetarian option, stuff the jalapeños with a mixture of cream cheese and grilled vegetables like bell peppers, onions, and mushrooms.
BBQ Blast: Drizzle the assembled Texas Twinkies with your favorite barbecue sauce before smoking for an added layer of flavor.

 

How to Store and Reheat

To store Texas Twinkies, place them in an airtight container and refrigerate for up to 3 days. For longer storage, you can freeze them individually on a baking sheet until firm, then transfer them to a freezer bag for up to 3 months.

When reheating, preheat your oven to 350°F (175°C) and place the Texas Twinkies on a baking sheet. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until heated through and the bacon is crispy. Alternatively, you can reheat them on a grill over medium heat, turning occasionally, until heated through. Enjoy them hot and fresh!

 

FAQs

Q: What type of wood should I use for smoking Texas Twinkies?

A: Hickory wood is a popular choice for smoking meats, including Texas Twinkies. You can also use mesquite, applewood, or any other type of hardwood for added flavor.

Q: Can I make these ahead of time and freeze them before cooking?

A: Yes, you can assemble the Texas Twinkies and freeze them for later. Just make sure to thaw them in the refrigerator before cooking.

Q: Can I use a different type of meat instead of bacon?

A: Yes, you can use thinly sliced prosciutto or pancetta as a substitute for bacon. You can also try using turkey bacon for a healthier option.

Q: Are Texas Twinkies spicy?

A: It depends on the type and amount of jalapeno used. If you prefer a milder version, you can remove the seeds and white membrane inside the jalapeno before stuffing it. You can also substitute with a milder pepper, like banana peppers or pimiento peppers.

Ingredients

  • 8 jalapenos sliced and de-seeded
  • 8 slices thick cut bacon
  • 12 tbsp cream cheese room temp
  • 2 c smoked brisket chopped or shredded

How to Make Texas Twinkies

Start by preparing your jalapenos. When selecting your jalapenos at the store, just like they say in Texas “bigger is better”!


I trim the top of the jalapeno off. Next, using a sharp pairing knife, slice a straight line down the backside of the jalapeno (it’s often the flat part). Using your fingers spread the jalapeno open.


Grab your pairing knife and carefully de-seed the jalapeno. This is where all the heat is. If you want to leave the jalapeno a little spicy, leave the white rib portion and remove the seeds.


Rinse your jalapenos under water to clean them and rinse any seeds away.


Using a knife stuff half of the inside of the jalapeno with cream cheese. Ensure there is enough as this will help the brisket stick to and keep in tact.


Once the jalapenos have been stuffed with cream cheese it’s time to add the brisket. Take your shredded or chopped brisket and stuff each jalapeno.


On a flat surface, lay out a slice of thick cut bacon.
Beginning at one side, secure the bacon to the jalapeno with a toothpick. Wrap the jalapeno with the bacon and secure the other end with another toothpick.
When all of the jalapenos have been wrapped in bacon it’s now time to cook them. You can choose to cook them in the oven or the smoker.


OVEN COOKING: Preheat your oven to 400°. Place the Texas Twinkies on a baking sheet (preferably on a wire rack with a baking sheet under to catch the drippings), this will allow the bacon to crisp up nicely. Bake for 20-30 minutes until the bacon has cooked through and done to your liking.


SMOKER COOKING: Preheat your smoker to 275°. Place the Texas Twinkies directly on the wire rack. Allow to cook for 60-90 minutes, until the bacon has cooked through.

 

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