Atomic Buffalo Turds! Or as they are commonly referred to ABTs are one of the first BBQ appetizers I fell in love with. These babies are packed full of flavor and are always a huge crowd pleaser whenever they are served. There are a variety of different ways to make ABTs. Sometimes using jalapeno “boats” and other times standing up on end.
No matter how they are made there are usually three standard ingredients. Jalapeno, bacon and some type of cheese. I think cream cheese is the most popular to use, but any type can be used. Besides the bacon there is often another meat used. I like to use “lil smokies” because they add a great flavor and provide a little texture to the ABT.
Here’s a step by step instruction on how I make my Atomic Buffalo Turds:
It’s a good practice to use rubber gloves during most of these processes. You don’t want to get the capsaicin on your hands, trust me on this one. I’ve made the mistake, too many times, of thinking I could do this part and not end up burning some part of my body. (Left) Wash the jalapenos and then cut them in half length wise. Remove the seeds and veins. I use an old fashion potato peeler to scrap the insides out of the jalapenos. (Right) Fill the jalapeno cavity with cream cheese.
(Left) Next, give the cream cheese a good dash of your favorite BBQ rub. (Right) Take some lil smokies and cut them in half. Add a piece of sausage to each jalapeno. You can use a whole sausage if you want, but I find a half piece is enough.
(Left) Wrap each ABT in half a slice of bacon. You can use thick bacon if you want, but I think the thin sliced works the best. Secure the bacon with a toothpick. (Right) Another dash of the BBQ rub goes on next. Now you’re ready to put them on the smoker.
I prefer to smoke my ABTs at 225 degrees until the bacon is almost done and then crank the heat up to about 300 degrees until the bacon gets good and crisp. No sauce is necessary but I like to serve my ABTs with a little additional hot sauce or BBQ sauce for dipping if someone wants a little additional flavor.
You don’t need a smoker to make great Atomic Buffalo Turds. Just set your gas or charcoal grill up with indirect heat. The bacon and sausage is going to drip so make sure they aren’t directly over the heat source and you’ll be just time.
NOTE: If you don’t like the heat jalapenos normally have here is a tip on how to tame them.