It’s summer in Minnesota…the time when people venture out of their homes where they’ve been hibernating for the last six months. The neighborhood goes from a gray ghost town to a colorful, vibrant array of life. The sounds of children and families enjoying the outdoors drifts through yards and down the streets.
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Our block throws a little party as a way of celebrating summer and reacquainting ourselves with our long lost neighbors. Along with great stories and abundant laughter, we share a potluck meal together. Nothing brings people together like good food! A potluck is my ABSOLUTE favorite kind of meal. I’m that girl who wants to order one of everything on the menu when I go out to eat! Obviously, I can’t really do that which is why I love potlucks so much…I get to have a little bit of everything! (And let’s be honest, go back for seconds on the things I really loved!)
We purchased a combo gas / charcoal / smoker style grill a couple of years ago. I’ve mastered the gas and charcoal grill features but I continue to experiment with the smoker. For me, trying to regulate the temperature has been a bit of a challenge! My contribution to the neighborhood party was another experiment on the smoker and it turned out to be a raging success! I bring you…Lil’ Smokie stuffed jalapeños! These little treats practically disappeared before I even set the plate down at the party! (It could have something to do with the fact that the neighborhood smelled like smoker heaven for several hours!)
I’ve made these on both the gas and charcoal grill and they are really good that way too! I prefer to have a little bit of that “smokey” flavor. But when you’re in a time crunch, the regular grill works great too (just add a few wood chips that have been soaked in water for 30 minutes to get that smokey flavor)!
If I were you, I’d make a double batch because they won’t last long! The guys at the party will bow down to your grilling prowess! Enjoy!