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Texas Twinkies Recipe


Texas Twinkies Recipe


It’s the most famous Texas cooking trend since frito pie! Learn how to make these authentic smoked Texas Twinkies with cream cheese and chopped brisket, wrapped in bacon! WE’LL EVEN SHARE HOW TO MAKE THESE IN YOUR AIR FRYER!


  • 1 lbs chopped brisket from the fatty side (the point), or store bought
  • 1 1/2 T. salt
  • 1 1/2 T. black pepper
  • 1 t. cumin
  • 1 c. pepper jack cheese, freshly grated
  • 8 oz. cream cheese
  • 2 packages of bacon (about 24 strips)
  • 14 extra large jalapeno peppers
  • Sweet Barbecue Sauce Of Your Choice
  • Special Tools: Toothpicks


  1. In a bowl or food processor, combine the cream cheese, shredded cheese, chopped brisket, and spices. Pulse several times to combine and mix well. Chill the mixture while you prepare the jalapenos.
  2. For the jalapenos, make one cut from the stem all the way down to the tip with a sharp paring knife. Repeat with the remaining jalapenos. Over the kitchen sink, use a small spoon with a sharp edge to scrape the seeds and ribs from the pepper. Wash the seeds and ribs down the sink. Repeat with the remaining jalapenos and then wash your hands well.
  3. Fill every jalapeno with the filling, nearly to overflowing (see photos). Prepare all the items you will need to wrap with bacon– a cutting board and sharp knife, toothpicks, filled peppers, and bacon slices already opened and laid out for easy access.
  4. Using the photos above as your guide wrap the bacon around the stuffed jalapenos starting at the stem and traveling around the pepper. Most peppers need 2 pieces of bacon depending on the size of your jalapenos. Secure with toothpicks and reserve. Repeat with the remaining peppers.
  1. Preheat your smoker to 375 degrees. (We assume it would work to use an oven set to the same temperature, but we have never tested this.) Lay the peppers on the smoker. Smoke at 375 degrees for 35 minutes.
  2. Turn the broiler of your oven on high. Place the Texas Twinkies on a cookie sheet lined with foil and coat with sweet barbecue sauce. (We recommend our Dr Pepper Barbecue Sauce or the Cherry Bourbon Barbecue Sauce on Urban Cowgirl!) Coat well and broil just for a minute until the sauce thickens and becomes sticky. Repeat if desired. Serve hot with additional barbecue sauce or a drizzle of homemade ranch dressing.


This recipe works well in an air fryer. Set to the same temperature and bake until the bacon is crispy.

Nutrition Information:




 2 peppers

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