Smoked Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe: For Your 4th of July BBQ

Smoked Jalapeño Popper Dip Recipe: A Must-Have for Your 4th of July BBQ

July 1, 2024

By Genevieve LaMonaca

Genevieve is a former caterer and private chef who has served many of Las Vegas’s high-profile clients and companies. In 2020, she began sharing her unique recipes and engaging tutorials on social media and her website, swiftly amassing over 3 million followers on platforms like TikTok, Instagram, and YouTube. She has been a notable Cafe Casino collaborator since October 2022.

Every year, the 4th of July is a special time for our family and friends. It’s a day brimming with joy, laughter, delicious food, and fireworks, crafting memories that endure the test of time. Our tradition begins at dawn as we prepare our feast, dressed patriotically to ignite the festive spirit.  

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After spending the morning prepping our cold foods (potato salad, pasta salads, sliced watermelon, fresh lemonade, and pre-batched cocktails) family and friends begin to arrive at our home for the grand barbecue. The grill and smoker are the stars of the show. Sizzling with an array of delicious foods such as burgers, hot dogs, steaks, grilled corn, veggies, and everyone’s favorite smoked dish: my famous Smoked Jalepeño Popper Dip.

This irresistible Smoked Jalapeño Popper Dip is a smoky, creamy blend that’s perfect for any occasion. The dip combines the bold, spicy flavors of jalapeños with rich, velvety cream cheese and tangy sour cream. Crisp, smoky bacon adds a savory crunch, while cheddar jack and Monterey Jack cheese create a luscious, cheesy texture. A sprinkle of garlic salt enhances the overall flavor, and fresh green onions provide a bright, herbaceous finish. Serve this dip with an assortment of crackers, tortilla chips, or fresh baguette slices to cater to every preference.

An image of a Dip and chips dish on blue background, perfect for a snack or appetizer.

Whether you’re hosting a casual get-together or looking for a crowd-pleasing appetizer for your next party, this Smoked Jalapeño Popper Dip is sure to be a hit. Its combination of creamy, smoky, and spicy elements makes it an unforgettable treat that will have your guests coming back for more.

As the fun-filled day of eating, swimming, and games turns to evening, we prepare for our fireworks show. We bring out chairs and spread-out blankets, while the kids play games and set off sparklers while waiting for the sun to set. The fireworks display is always spectacular, lighting up the night sky with brilliant colors and patterns. It’s a magical moment, watching the fireworks with family and friends, feeling the collective joy and pride.

The 4th of July is more than just a holiday for us; it’s a treasured tradition that strengthens our family ties. With games, food, activities, and fireworks, we honor our nation’s independence and the bonds that unite us. This festive day, filled with joy, delicious food, and love, marks the highlight of our summer every year.

Smoked Jalapeño Popper Dip:

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Now, here is a list of all the grocery items needed to create this impressive 4th of July independence dip:


● 2 cans chopped jalapeños, drained
● 16oz cream cheese
● 1/2 cup sour cream
● 12 slices bacon
● 12oz cheddar jack
● 12oz Monterey Jack 
● 2 tsp garlic salt
● Green onions for garnish
● Crackers
● Tortilla Chips
● Baguette


● Shred cheddar jack and Monterey Jack cheese and divide in half.
● Cook bacon in the oven on a sheet pan at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, or until crispy. Chop into bite-sized pieces and divide in half.

Image collage showing the three stages of crispy bacon preparation. Raw placed on pan, baked then chopped.

● Place cream cheese, sour cream, half the bacon, half the cheddar jack, half the Monterey Jack, chopped jalapeño and garlic salt into a 9 x 13 disposable pan or oven-safe dish. The ingredients do not need to be mixed.

A collage showing the three stages of making a dip.

● Place in a smoker or BBQ set to 250 degrees. Cook for 30 minutes until cheese has melted. Remove and stir all the ingredients together.
● Top with remaining cheese and bacon. Return to the smoker or BBQ until the cheese is melted and bubbly (about 30 more minutes).
● Garnish with freshly cut green onion.
● Serve with crackers, tortilla chips, or bread

A person dipping chips into a casserole dish of Jalapeno popper dip.


See more recipes from Chef Genevieve:

Mother’s Day Breakfast
Goat Cheese Stuffed Bacon-Wrapped Dates
Sweet Potato Marshmallow Bites
Pumpkin Cream Cheese Muffins
Pineapple Upside-Down Cake
The Best Shrimp Cocktail


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