Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots
Smoked,  Traeger-Pellet

Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots

Cranberry jalapeno pig shots are such a fun snack or appetizer!

The filling is super simple because I am using cream cheese that already has the jalapenos mixed in.

These are the perfect mix of salty, spicy, and a little sweet tartness from the cranberry sauce.

Pig shots get their adorable name because when you assemble the smoked sausage and thick cut bacon, they look like a shot glass.

Ingredients for the pig shots

How to make cranberry jalapeno pig shots

First, slice a pound of smoked sausage into about half inch pieces.

You should get right around 20 slices.

Then cut 10 pieces of thick sliced bacon in half.

It is very important that the bacon is thick because regular sliced bacon will not keep its shape as they cook.

Sliced sausage getting ready to assemble the pig shots

Wrap each half slice of bacon around each slice of sausage and overlap it slightly.

Once the bacon is tightly wrapped around the sausage, use a toothpick to poke through the overlapped part of the bacon and into the sausage to hold them in place.

This work is a bit tedious and takes some time but I promise it will be well worth your efforts!

Pig shots before filling

At this point filling options are endless!

I started with the jalapeno cream cheese first.

It works best if the cream cheese is cold, then shape it in place with your hands and fill each.

Adding the cream cheese

Finally top each one with a spoonful of cranberry sauce or cranberry relish.

Adding cranberry sauce over the cream cheese

Next stop is either the Traeger pellet grill or oven!

If cooking on the Traeger you can place them directly on the grill grate.

But in the oven place on a baking sheet preferably on a wire rack over the baking sheet.

Either way they will cook at 350 degrees for about 45 minutes to an hour.

Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots on the smoker before cooking

Carefully remove the cranberry jalapeno pig shots when the bacon is cooked to your liking

We did have a few topple over slightly but it was no problem… they still tasted delicious!

Letting them cool is probably the hardest part because we all wanted to dig in right away.

Serve them warm, and if you are bringing them to another party or celebration just heat in the oven for a few minutes.

Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots
Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots
Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots

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Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots

Cheri Renee
Cranberry Jalapeno Pig Shots are stuffed with cream cheese, jalapenos, and cranberries and cooked on the Traeger or pellet grill
Prep Time 20 mins
Cook Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 20 pig shots
Calories 116 kcal

Equipment

  • Traeger/Pellet Grill

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 10 slices thick cut bacon
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 1 8 oz container cream cheese with jalapenos (or plain cream cheese and diced jalapeno mixed together)
  • 1/2 to 3/4 cup cranberry sauce or cranberry relish

Instructions
 

  • Slice the smoked sausage (about half inch thick and you should get around 20 slices total) and cut the bacon in half.
  • Wrap each piece of thick cut bacon around each sausage slice, attempting to make each look like a shot glass with the sausage as the bottom. Put a toothpick through where the bacon overlaps, through the bacon and into the sausage.
  • Fill each with the cream cheese with jalapenos almost to the top, then spoon some cranberry sauce to top off each pig shot.
    Note: This works best if the cream cheese is cold or at room temperature, I rolled some with my hands in the same shape as the "shot glass" and placed in the center.
  • Cook according to one of these methods:
    Traeger/ Pellet Grill: Set the temperature to 350 degrees and place the pig shots on the grate for 45 minutes to 1 hour (keep an eye on them and remove when the bacon is done to your liking).
    Oven: Cook in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour on a wire baking rack over a baking sheet.
Keyword Bacon, Cranberry, Jalapenos, Pig Shots, Smoked, Traeger