Smoked Pig shots on the grill also known as pork shots, or cheesy stuffed kielbasa-wrapped bacon bites are meat-on-meat perfect appetizers to fuel any picnic, bbq, party, tailgating gathering, or bonfire! Break out into the meat sweats just reading this simple-to-make recipe and shortcuts to make easy smoked pig shots on the grill and they do taste smoked!
You don’t need a smoker to make smoked pig shots because you can use your grill and make these tiny little meat-lovers appetizers smoked in 2 totally different ways!
Why You’ll Love Cheesy Stuffed Kielbasa Wrapped Bacon Appetizers
Get ready for a simple and tasty appetizer that boasts minimal ingredients and prep and you can make these taste as smoked as you prefer!
- Easy to find ingredients
- Pig shots are hearty meat-on-meat appetizer
- Keto Friendly appetizer
- Have a smoked flavor but you don’t need a smoker (if you want the smoked flavor)
- A great recipe to make for larger groups
- You can and should make these in advance
- Easy to transport
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Equipment Needed To Make Smoked Pig Shots On The Grill
None of the kitchen essentials here are too hard to find and some of them may not even be necessary.
- foil – I use sheets of pre-cut foil I found them to be less expensive and precisely perfect for the smaller skewers I make.
- skewer sticks – the 12″ bamboo skewers really work well for this appetizer.
- a pastry bag or a plastic bag – this way you can pipe the cheesy spicy filling into the pig shots instead of using a messy spoon method.
- cutting board – for slicing the kielbasa as well as rolling bacon and the kielbasa
- mixing bowl
- measuring cup
Ingredients For Your Pig Shots On The Grill
- Cooked Bacon
- Shredded Mexican Cheese
- Smoked Paprika
- Red Cayenne
- Liquid Smoke or Mesquite or Apple Wood Chips
How To Make Pig Shots On The Grill
Step 1: Preheat The Grill For Your Double Meat Appetizer With Spicy Cheese
You’ll want to make sure your grill is about 450°F so let it preheat while you prep the pork shots!
For those of you that want to have that smoked flavor, you’ll want to start smoking those wood chips while you prep these pig shots! Keep reading if you don’t want to use smoked wood to add the smoked flavor to the recipe!
Step 2: Roll The Kielbasa and Bacon
In this step, you will simply make sure that you roll the piece of kielbasa inside the piece of bacon, and it will end up looking like a shot glass that will have a bit of a rim that you will then work on in the next step.
Once you’ve rolled the bacon and the kielbasa together, you need to secure it and that is when you want to attach it to a skewer making certain to keep the skewer in the middle of the rolled meat appetizer.
Now you have created the cheesy stuffed kielbasa wrapped bacon appetizers without the cheesy stuffing so let’s make that now!
Step 3: The Spicy Creamy Cheese Mixture
In this step, you will find that you can change the flavor from smoked to not smoked and make it hotter or less spicy it’s really up to you and your preferences as well as what your guests may prefer!
This step can be done before you start or once you’ve rolled the meats together and skewered them.
You will need to combine the spicy creamy cheese mixture together, working with the mascarpone, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and shredded cheese. (if you are using liquid smoke you will add it here so it is in the cheese mixture that you will be adding the smoked flavor)
Once combined, add the mixture to a pastry bag or a zippered bag and pipe it to each of the kielbasa-wrapped bacon so it becomes cheesy stuffed kielbasa-wrapped bacon appetizers!
What to Pair With Your Cheesy Stuffed Kielbasa Wrapped Bacon Appetizers?
Try Adding Any of These Sides
These little pig shots are really great with cubed cheese, crackers, toasted baguettes, cut veggies like broccoli, and cauliflower to get a crunchy texture mixed in, or with tortilla chips!
Cocktails That Taste Great With Pig Shots
Chase these down with beers, gin, tonics, or even margaritas!
So yes there are ingredients and things you can change up on this recipe without affecting what the appetizer is!
- you can use sausage instead of kielbasa, but I would advise pre-cooking the sausage to keep the grilling time as short as possible.
- The cheese mixture can be changed from mascarpone to cream cheese without issue
- Also, you could use a spicy jack cheese instead of the mild Mexican blend for a spicier and zestier flavor
- Add red pepper flakes for even more heat
- try adding hot sauce of your choice to the cheese mixture
- air fry these instead of grilling them or even use a smoker (although you will need to adjust your cooking times)
Make Sure To Come Back And Tell Me How Your Smoked Pig Shots On the Grill Turned Out
- 12 pieces Kielbasa (about 1/4" thick not more)
- 12 Pieces of precooked bacon (don't microwave it)
- 4 Oz of Mascarpone cheese
- 2 Teaspoons Smoked Paprika
- 1-2 Teaspsoons of Red Cayenne Pepper
- 4-6 ounces Shredded Mexican Cheese blend
- Liquid Smoke Or Wood Chips (Mesquite work well) for the smoke flavor
- Soften the mascarpone not to melt but to soften only
- Add to the mascarpone the red pepper and the smoked paprika and the Liquid smoke
- Stir in the shredded cheese mix
- Fill A pastry bag or plastic zippered bag with the mixture and set it aside
- Place your bacon and your kielbasa on a tray along with your skewers
- Begin by rolling a piece of bacon around a piece of kielbasa.
- Then once rolled place the skewer through the very center of it.
- Repeat steps 6 and 7 until you have all of the kielbasa and bacon wrapped
- Place the skewered meat on a piece of foil
- Using the prepared cheese mixture in the pastry bag, fill each pig shot cavity with the mix
- Once done, place on a grill of 400°F for about 5 minutes until the cheese is melted and then serve warm