Tio Jorge’s Bacon-Wrapped Stuffed Jalapenos
•24 medium jalapeno peppers
•1 pound uncooked chorizo or bulk spicy pork sausage
•2 cups (8 ounces) shredded cheddar cheese
•12 bacon strips, cut in half
•Make a lengthwise cut in each jalapeno, about 1/8 in. deep; remove seeds. Combine the sausage and cheese; stuff into jalapenos. Wrap each with a piece of bacon; secure with toothpicks.
• Prepare grill for indirect heat, using a drip pan. Place jalapenos over pan; grill, covered, over indirect medium heat for 17-20 minutes on each side or until a meat thermometer inserted into filling reads 160°. Grill, covered, over direct heat 1-2 minutes longer or until bacon is crisp. Yield: 2 dozen.