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Atomic Buffalo Turds

Atomic Buffalo Turds, or ABTs, are a geat appetizer / snack that will please just about everybody. Think about it, jalapeno peppers, cream cheese and bacon, what's not to like? A lot of people make these a lot of ways and many include meat (BBQ pork and brisket are both popular.) I like mine pretty simple.

Ready for the smoker ABTs are done!

  • Jalapeno Peppers
  • Cream Cheese
  • Chives
  • Bacon
  • Chives
  • BBQ Rub

Iv'e purposly left off the quantities of the ingreadeants because they will vary depending on how many peppers you have and how big your peppers are.

Set the cream cheese on the counter to soften. Pull the stems off the peppers and slice them in half length wise. The heat is in the seeds and membrane in the shell. I must admit that I prefer them on the mild side. (You can use other peppers too. Banana peppers are good.) Useing a spoon scrap out all the seeds and the lining of the peppers. This will leave you with a bunch of little boats. (Think of it as a large pirate fleet.)

Dice the chives into tiny pieces and add them to your cream cheese. Add in a couple shakes of BBQ rub and stir to mix. If the cheese is still to hard to mix you can soften it by adding a little milk - or bourbon.

You can use a fancy pastry bag to fill your peppers or you can fill a plastic bag and cut off one off the corners or you can do what I usually do. Just spoon the stuff in. When they are all full wrap them in bacon. I found that cutting the bacon in half will give you a piece big enough to completely cover the pepper. You can get away with cutting the bacon into thirds.

These are best on the smoker slow smoked at about 250 for 45 to 60 minutes with a little apple wood. Just cook 'em until the bacon crsps a bit. You can also do them on the grill. Put a small pile of coals on one side and put your ABTs on the other side. Cook them until the cream cheese starts to ooze and the bacon starts to crisp up.

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