The name Texas Twinkies was created by a BBQ establishment in Texas because they were looking for a clever way to utilize leftover brisket. Just calling them Brisket Jalapeño Poppers would’ve been fine but when they started calling them Texas Twinkies they would sell out quicker than normal! If you search online you will find many variations of this delicious creation but keeping it simple can be best. Smoked Brisket, cream cheese, and a few other ingredients make this recipe easy and delicious!smoked brisket on a cutting board


  1. Chop the brisket where it looks like it’s shredded and then toss it into the cream cheese with other ingredients (green onion, sharp cheddar cheese, or anything else you like) and hand mix it until it’s combined nicely.
  2. From here, cut open your jalapeños and remove the seeds and veins (optional). Now stuff it with the brisket cream cheese mixture and then wrap in bacon. You can season the bacon strips to add extra depth of flavor.

Cooking Instructions:

  1. Start off by smoking your brisket
    texas twinkies on the grill

    Brisket Jalapeno Poppers-Texas Twinkies

    Prep Time 30 minutes
    Cook Time 1 hour
    Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
    Course Appetizer
    Cuisine American
    Servings 12


    • 1 lb Chopped brisket
    • 10-12 Good sized jalapeños
    • 1-2 lbs Bacon
    • 2 blocks Softened cream cheese
    • 8 oz Shredded sharp cheddar cheese
    • cup Chopped scallions
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    and chopping a pound of it for the jalapeño poppers.

  2. In a medium-sized mixing bowl add two blocks of softened cream cheese, sharp cheddar cheese, scallions and the chopped brisket. Mix by hand until it’s combined nicely. Place it to the side.
  3. Cut your jalapeños in half and remove the seeds and veins. Take a tablespoon of the brisket cream cheese mixture and fill the creator of the jalapeño. Now wrap it tightly with the bacon.bacon wrapped jalapenos
  4. Fire up the smoker to 325 degrees and place the Texas Twinkies on the smoker. 
  5. Smoker for 1 hour, or until the bacon tightens up and gets crisp. You can glaze them with your favorite bbq sauce or eat them as is.
  6. Remove and let them cool for 10-15 minutes.
  7. Enjoy with friends and family!

The meat is deliciously moist and tender while the jalapeno pepper gives a great kick to it. The ingredients are simple yet the resulting flavor is out of this world. Try them out and let me know how they turn out!

Did you love this Texas Twinkie Recipe? Well, then you’ll love my other beef recipes in the link below!

Beef Recipes


Items used In This Recipe

Napoleon Kettle Pro

Heat Resistant Gloves

Charcoal Chimney

Mixing Bowls

Nitrile Gloves

Cast Iron Skillet 

Meater +

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