Texas Twinkies Recipe

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Let’s make it clear right out of the gate….Texas Twinkies are not dessert. But, they are every bit as addictive as the spongy cream-filled cake that we all know and love.

So, what is a Texas Twinkie? The basic version of a Texas Twinkie is made up of a hollowed out jumbo jalapeno that stuffed with chopped brisket and cream cheese then wrapped in a slice of bacon and brushed with a generous coat of BBQ sauce. The “twinkie” is then grilled until the bacon is crispy.

Numerous variations of the Texas bbq-joint staple exist, including our favorite that comes from Brandon Hurtado of Hurtado’s BBQ in Arlington, Texas. Brandon uses pimento cheese in place of cream cheese and adds beef rub to the mix for some extra spice.

While Hurtado does’t share his top secret recipe, we’ve developed our own twist that we think closely rivals the deliciousness Hurtado packs into his Texas Twinkies. Check out the recipe below and let us know what you think!

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12 large jalapenos
2 teaspoons beef steak rub
1 pound smoked brisket, finely chopped
8 ounces pimento cheese
3/4 cup shredded cheddar cheese
12 slices thick-cut bacon
1/2 cup hickory smoked bbq sauce

Preheat grill to 400 degrees F or medium/high heat.

Stir together steak rub, brisket, pimento cheese and cheddar cheese until well combined. Set aside.

Cut jalapenos in half lengthwise and remove the seeds. Spoon cheese mixture into each jalapeno half. Put two filled halves together and wrap with a slice of bacon. Use a toothpick to hold the bacon in place.

Place jalapenos on preheated grill and close the lid. Cook for 30 minutes. Brush each jalapeno with bbq sauce and cook for an additional 5 to 10 minutes or until bbq sauce is beginning to caramelize on the bacon. Remove from grill and enjoy!