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Pig shots served with slices of jalapeno peppers and thinly sliced green onions.

Pig Shots

Course: Appetizer, Party Food
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pig shots, pork shots
Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 20 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 20 1 per serving
Calories: 317kcal
Author: Victor
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  • 20 strips thick-cut bacon preferably 1/8" thick
  • 1 lb smoked kielbasa cut into 3/8" thick disks
  • 2 jalapeno peppers one sliced about 1/8" thick to put inside pig shots and one sliced very thinly for garnish when serving
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup or agave nectar/corn syrup
  • 1 green onion stalk thinly sliced, for garnish


  • 8 oz cream cheese softened, at room temperature
  • 8 oz sour cream
  • 3 oz jalapeno cheddar cheese finely chopped
  • 2 Tbsp grated Parmesan cheese
  • 3 green onion stalks thinly sliced
  • 1/8 tsp crushed red pepper red pepper flakes optional

Pork rub

  • 1 tsp granulated garlic
  • 1 tsp granulated onion
  • 1 tsp Ancho chile powder
  • 1 tsp raw sugar or brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
  • 1/4 tsp black pepper


  • Prepare the rub by mixing the rub ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  • In a medium bowl, mix softened cream cheese with the rest of the cream cheese filling ingredients. Transfer to a medium Ziploc bag and refrigerate. Just before filling, cut off one corner making a 3/4" opening. You can also use a piping bag with a 3/4" tip.
  • Make bacon 'cups' by wrapping bacon strips around sausage slices and securing them with toothpicks.
  • Place a slice of jalapeno pepper at the bottom of each cup and drizzle about 1/2 tsp of maple syrup.
  • Fill the cups with the filling and sprinkle the rub generously on top.
  • Smoke with cherry, pecan or hickory smoke at 250F - 275F for 60-80 minutes, or until the bacon crisps up and acquires a nice color, and the tops are dark golden brown.
  • Serve hot, garnished with thin slices of jalapeno pepper and green onion.


Calories: 317kcal | Carbohydrates: 5g | Protein: 10g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 12g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 11g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 545mg | Potassium: 184mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 338IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 73mg | Iron: 1mg