Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

Last weekend I made this recipe for Green Chile Pig Shots and they were so spectacular that I decided to make these Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots this weekend on my Traeger pellet grill.

A pig shot is basically a slice of smoked sausage with a half piece of thick cut bacon wrapped around it and secured with a toothpick.

It looks like a little shot glass and the fillings for that “glass” are endless.

I will say the ones I made last weekend used deli cut thick bacon and this time around I used the packaged thick cut bacon.

The deli sliced was thicker and MUCH easier to work with, it cooked more evenly, and overall I was more pleased with the thicker bacon.

Just a helpful hint for when you made these 🙂

sausage slices wrapped in bacon

How to Make Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

Assembling the actual pig shots are easy, but take a little time.

Wrap a half slice of bacon around sliced smoked sausage slices. Then insert a toothpick where the bacon slightly overlaps and into the sausage slice.

For these, I cut a block of cream cheese into little pieces and put the cream cheese into each “shot glass”.

cream cheese package

Leave a little room at the top for pepper jelly.

bacon cup filled with cream cheese

Then put a spoonful of red pepper jelly to top each one off.

topping off with jelly

You can put these on a smoker set to 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

Or put them on a wire baking rack over a lined baking sheet in the oven, same time and temp at 350 degrees for 45 minutes to an hour.

Cook time will depend on the bacon thickness.

These took exactly 45 minutes, but the ones I did last week with the thicker bacon took closer to an hour.

It also depends on how you prefer the bacon to be cooked.

Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

I made these when it was close to dark, so the pictures did not turn out the best.

But hey, I am living real life here and life isn’t always perfect either, am I right ?!

Plus I was hungry and really didn’t feel like setting up any other type of lighting 😉

Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots were creamy, sweet, and salty…the perfect combo of flavors!

Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots


Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots


Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

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Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots

Red Pepper Jelly Pig Shots are bacon wrapped sausage sliced filled with cream cheese and red pepper jelly and smoked for a great appetizer!

Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Keyword Bacon, Cream Cheese, Game Day Snacks, Pepper Jelly, Pig Shots, Recipe, Summer Recipes, TikTok, Traeger
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Servings 20 pig shots
Calories 97 kcal
Author Cheri Renee


  • 1 pound smoked sausage
  • 1 pound thick cut bacon
  • 20 toothpicks
  • 6 to 8 oz cream cheese
  • 4 to 5 oz red pepper jelly


  1. Slice the smoked sausage (about half inch thick) and cut the bacon in half.

  2. Wrap each piece of 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.

    Note: If a piece of bacon is too short to make it overlap around the sausage, stretch it or roll it slightly thinner.

  3. Cut the cream cheese and place the pieces in the pig shots, leaving a little room at the top for the jelly. Then use a spoon to top each with the red pepper jelly.

  4. Set your smoker 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).

    Note: These can also be baked in a 350 degree oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour on a wire baking rack over a baking sheet.

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