Pimiento Pickle Poppers

Inspired by the beloved jalapeño poppers, we thought that the best Southern version of this finger food would come from the vinegary crunch of a dill pickle with melted pimiento cheese and smoky bacon. Genius, we know—but to further spice it up, we stir some honey and hot sauce into the pimiento cheese to give a subtle sweetness and kick of heat. The acidity of the pickle is the ideal complement to rich pimiento cheese and fatty bacon, and a touch of honey and hot sauce completes the snack. Lastly, top it with a fresh dill garnish, and you'll add an herby brightness that makes the flavor of the dill pickle even more pronounced.While these poppers are delicious by themselves, they're also easy to serve with a ranch dipping sauce or a honey mustard. Taking less than 30 minutes of hands-on time, you can throw this snack together last minute and know they'll be ready in a flash. Next to bowls and platters of dips, veggies, and chips, our Pimiento Pickle Poppers steal the show and elevate any party spread with an impressive and easy-to-make hors d'oeuvre that will surely be the talk of the party. 

Active Time:
25 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
24 pimiento pickle poppers


  • 12 whole baby dill pickles, halved lengthwise

  • 3/4 cup pimiento cheese

  • 2 teaspoons honey

  • 1 teaspoon hot sauce

  • 12 slices bacon, halved

  • Fresh dill, for garnish


  1. Preheat oven to 425°F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray; set aside.

  2. Scoop out the seed portion at the center of each pickle half with a small spoon. Dry each of the hollowed pickle halves with paper towels and place on prepared baking sheet.

  3. In a bowl, mix together pimiento cheese, honey, and hot sauce. Scoop out 1/2 tablespoon of the mixture and spread evenly in the cavity of each pickle half.

  4. Take one of the bacon pieces and wrap it around the center of a filled pickle. Repeat with remaining bacon and filled pickles. Bake until bacon is cooked through but still slightly chewy, 18 to 22 minutes. Remove from baking sheet and sprinkle with fresh dill to garnish.

    Pimiento Pickle Poppers
    Southern Living
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