Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

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These smoky sausage stuffed poppers are the perfect pairing of robust Italian sausage and zesty jalapeño, blanketed by crispy, savory bacon. Easy and delicious Paleo and Whole30 compliant jalapeño poppers make for the perfect appetizer or snack, ideal for any gathering or game day celebration. Elevate the experience by serving them alongside a sweet and spicy Paleo Barbecue Sauce, ensuring a crowd-pleasing treat that will leave everyone craving more!

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Why Jalapeño Peppers are So Good for You!

Jalapeños are a spicy pepper found in the nightshade family and contain a variety of vitamins and minerals. The vitamins found in these little beauties are C, B6, B9 (folate) K and A!

The type of K vitamin found primarily in plants, like jalapeños, is vitamin K1. This differs from vitamin K2 in the roles that it plays in our bodies, but is essential none the less. When eaten, vitamin K1 is converted into K2 by the bacteria found in our gut (healthy gut=healthy you.)

Vitamin K2 is primarily found in animal and fermented foods and is a necessary nutrient in bone and heart health [1]. Both vitamins K1 and K2 are fat soluble vitamins, which means they are not absorbed into our bodies the same way water soluble vitamins are. The absorption of these fat soluble vitamins is increased when you consume them with healthy dietary fats like avocados and animal fats.

Jalapeños also contain the trace mineral manganese (Mn). Manganese is an essential mineral that plays many roles in our bodies from supporting healthy nerve and brain function, to blood sugar regulation, and the metabolism of the fats and carbohydrates we consume.

Why Pasture Raised vs. Conventional Pork

What does it mean to source humanely raised animal products verses conventional ones?   Humanely raised animals such as pigs, chickens, and cows, are raised on pastures where they are able to forage and eat a diet that is natural and healthy for them.  Healthy animals yield healthy products, increasing the nutrients themselves and the nutrient density of what you are eating.  Conventional sources of animal products are from animals that are raised in harsh conditions, often in warehouses where the animals are locked in, confined without sunlight, and unable to eat their natural diets yielding products that are less nutritious and potentially inflammatory.

Pasture raised pork is higher in nutrients and is better for the environment.  Let’s talk about nutrition first. 

  • Antioxidants:  Pasture raised pork is higher in antioxidants, specifically vitamin E.  This essential fat-soluble vitamin is a powerful antioxidant that plays a role in reducing oxidative stress by neutralizing free radicals that may result in illness or disease.  Vitamin E is essential in vision health, skin health, and reproductive health [2].
  • Vitamins and Minerals: Pasture raised pork is higher in vitamin D, a fat-soluble vitamin that plays a role in bone health, calcium absorption, immune function, and more.  A majority of Americans are deficient in vitamin D and the most bioavailable form is not from supplements, but from real food like pasture raised pork.  Selenium is a mineral that is essential in thyroid health, detoxification and helps to make DNA [3] and pasture raised pork has higher levels than conventional.
  • Omega-3s: With the Standard American Diet (SAD) being full of omega-6 fatty acids, most Americans are consuming an unbalanced ratio of omega-6 to omega-3.  Due to the way the food industry raises animals, most of the animal proteins that we consume no longer have the omega-3s like pasture raised animals do, the way nature intended. Omega-3s are essential in reducing inflammation, cellular health, and vessel health.

Essential Amino Acids

The nine essential amino acids found in pork and their roles are [4]:

  • Histidine: necessary for the production of histamine and also plays a role in nervous system health
  • Valine: necessary in energy production as well as muscle growth and repair
  • Phenylalanine: building block for neurotransmitters like dopamine and epinephrine (adrenaline), and in the production of other amino acids.
  • Leucine: necessary in stimulating wound healing, muscle repair, and blood sugar regulation.
  • Isoleucine:  necessary in immune function and energy regulation.
  • Tryptophan: necessary building block for serotonin.
  • Methionine: necessary in detoxification, metabolism, and in your body’s ability to absorb selenium (supports thyroid health) and zinc (necessary in production of HCl in your stomach).
  • Threonine: necessary in skin and connective tissue health.
  • Lysine: necessary in hormone production and your body’s ability to absorb calcium (bone, heart, muscle and nerve health.)

Vitamins and Minerals

  • Vitamins: Pasture raised pork is rich in B vitamins: B1 (thiamine), B3 (niacin), B6, and B12.
  • Minerals: Pasture raised pork is rich in iron, phosphorus, selenium, and zinc.

Find pasture raised pork in your area by visiting your local grocers, farmers markets and nearby farms. You can also look nationally and find a farm that ships!

Jalapeño Poppers with Sausage Paleo Whole30 Keto

What You’ll Need to Make Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers

Smoker or Grill
Chopping Block
Chef’s Knife
Teaspoon
Gloves (opt)

Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers Ingredients

4-6 Fresh Jalapeño Peppers
1lb No Sugar Added Italian Sausage
8-12 Slices of No Sugar Added Bacon
1 tsp Sweet Paprika
Paleo Barbecue Sauce for dipping

How to Make Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers

1. Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.
2. Rinse and dry all the jalapeños, slice in half lengthwise and use the teaspoon to remove the inner pith and seeds (wear gloves if desired).
3. Stuff each jalapeño half with about 1-2 tablespoons of the Italian sausage.
4. Wrap the sausage stuffed jalapeño with 1 slice of bacon and set onto a large plate.
5. Sprinkle the poppers with paprika and transfer to the smoker.
6. Smoke for 45-60 minutes until the sausage is cooked through and the bacon has browned.
7. If desired, turn the heat up to 425 degrees and cook for another 5-10 minutes to crisp the bacon.
8. Remove and serve with BBQ Sauce.

Sausage Stuffed Jalapeño Poppers

Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)

Amy Lippert
Delight in the mouthwatering combination of robust Italian sausage and zesty jalapeño, blanketed by crispy, savory bacon.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 8
Calories 289 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the smoker to 225 degrees.
  • Rinse and dry all the jalapeños, slice in half lengthwise and use the teaspoon to remove the inner pith and seeds (wear gloves if desired).
  • Stuff each jalapeño half with about 1-2 tablespoons of the Italian sausage.
  • Wrap the sausage stuffed jalapeño with 1 slice of bacon and set onto a large plate.
  • Sprinkle the poppers with paprika and transfer to the smoker.
  • Smoke for 45-60 minutes until the sausage is cooked through and the bacon has browned.
  • If desired, turn the heat up to 425 degrees and cook for another 5-10 minutes to crisp the bacon.
  • Remove and serve with BBQ Sauce.

Notes

  • Nutrition Facts for 2 poppers

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Smoked Sausage Jalapeño Poppers (Paleo, Whole30, Keto)
Amount per Serving
Calories
289
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
27
g
42
%
Saturated Fat
 
9
g
56
%
Trans Fat
 
0.03
g
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
12
g
Cholesterol
 
58
mg
19
%
Sodium
 
560
mg
24
%
Potassium
 
193
mg
6
%
Carbohydrates
 
1
g
0
%
Fiber
 
0.1
g
0
%
Sugar
 
0.03
g
0
%
Protein
 
11
g
22
%
Vitamin A
 
131
IU
3
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
12
mg
1
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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FAQs

Q: Can I make smoked sausage jalapeño poppers on the grill?
A: Absolutely! I would grill them over indirect heat so the bacon fat doesn’t cause any flare ups.

Q: Do you use toothpicks to hold the jalapeño poppers together?
A: I personally don’t as I find that mine stay together pretty well, if you’re finding that your poppers are coming apart of if your using thick cut bacon, the using toothpicks will help to keep them intact.

Q: Can you make jalapeño poppers ahead of time?
A: Yes! Of course, just prep the poppers and keep them in the fridge (covered) until ready to cook!

Q: Can you add cheese to sausage jalapeño poppers?
A: You can do whatever your heart desires, however, keep in mind that cheese is not part of a Paleo or Whole30 way of eating, so as long as your diet supports it, add the cheese!

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