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Duck Stuffed Jalapeno Peppers or "Duck Poppers"

Duck meat wrapped in a delicious pocket of cream cheese and jalapeno and wrapped in bacon. Then grilled or baked to ooey gooey perfection.
Prep Time6 hrs 15 mins
Cook Time15 mins
Total Time6 hrs 30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Keyword: bacon, cream cheese, duck, jalapeno, jalapeno popper, starter, stuffed jalapeno
Servings: 12 stuffed peppers


  • sharp knife
  • gloves (for handling jalapenos)
  • grill or oven


  • 6 jalapeno peppers
  • 4-6 slices bacon
  • 6-8 ozs cream cheese
  • 2 duck breasts
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp salt (only if NOT brining. If brining the meat, leave this out)
  • 1/4 tsp pepper, coarse

Duck Meat Brine

  • 2 cups warm water
  • 2 tbsp salt
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp whole peppercorns


  • Combine all brine ingredients and stir to dissolve salt and sugar. Pour over duck meat. Cover and refrigerate for 3 hours or overnight. (Can skip this step if needed.)
  • Remove from brine and soak duck breasts in cold water for 2-3 hours. (Can skip this step if needed.)
  • Pre-heat gas (or prep charcoal grill) to medium high heat.
  • Slice jalapenos in half and scrape out white veins and seeds. Rinse.
  • Slice duck breasts into strips.
  • Season duck meat slices with garlic and pepper. (If NOT brining, also add salt here).
  • Fill each half of jalepeno with cream cheese and lay duck breast strip on top.
  • Cut bacon strips in half and wrap around jalapenos, duck and cream cheese, tucking ends underneath (or can use toothpicks to hold together).
  • Brush or spoon hoisin sauce liberally on both sides.
  • Grill duck meat side down on gas grill set to medium high for 8 minutes. Then, flip and cook 5 more minutes. Baste with remaining hoisin sauce while grilling.


  • If baking in oven (instead of grilling), put on sheet pan with edges and bake at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, flipping halfway. Finish last 3-5 minutes/side with broiler on high (to crisp outside of bacon).
  • Can also cook in smoker/indirect heat for 45 minutes.
  • If don't have duck meat on hand, can use steak, shrimp or chicken.