Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABTs)

This creatively named appetizer can be made ahead of time and frozen before cooking, and they make great fillers when you’re smoking a big chunk of meat and have the corners of your racks going to waste.

I’ve seen many variations of this recipe but the basics are jalapeños, cream cheese and bacon. Most people include a Lil Smokie-type sausage as well. Probably 4/5 of the recipes you find online will instruct you to cut the peppers in half, but I prefer keeping them whole. It makes for better presentation and let’s face it, the things are named after poop and a whole pepper looks a hell of a lot more like dookie than one sliced in half like an oyster shell.

  • 20 jalapeño peppers
  • 1 package of cream cheese
  • 10 mini sausages
  • 1 Tbs cayenne
  • 1 Tbs paprika
  • 1 Tbs chili powder
  • 1 (pound?) package thin sliced bacon

Start by cleaning the peppers. If you’ve never done it before it’s a good idea to invest in some latex gloves. I use a pepper corer that was included with the pepper rack I bought.

jalapeños, cored and seeded

Mix cream cheese and spices.

Cream cheese, cayenne, paprika and chili powder
ABT filling

To save yourself a LOT of work, invest in some el cheapo cake icing piping bags. With no plastic tip on the end, fill one with the cream cheese mixture.

Piping bag filled with cheese mixture.

Squeeze enough cheese into each pepper to fill it halfway.

Cut your sausages in half lengthwise and cram into each pepper. This should displace enough cheese to fill the entire pepper. If not, top off with any remaining cheese filling.

Filled Peppers

Wrap each pepper with a half slice of bacon, using a toothpick to hold it in place. If you live in the south, Winn-Dixie Hickory Sweet is the bacon of choice.

ABTs ready to cook.

I like to cover mine with dry rub right before cooking.

Put in a 225 degree smoker for two hours, or for crispier bacon smoke for one hour then move to a 350 degree oven for 30-45 minutes.

Serve covered with your favorite BBQ sauce. I use a Raspberry BBQ sauce.

Atomic Buffalo Turds.

Servings: 10

Variations include:

  • Use no spices in the cream cheese for regular Buffalo Turds
  • Use a meat other than sausage such as pulled pork or even seafood
  • Mix other cheeses into the filling such as cheddar or bleu
  • Use habanero peppers instead of jalapeño to make Atomic Dragon Turds

(Know-it-all sidenote: Habanero is not spelled or pronounced habañero)