Sunday, September 11, 2011

Tailgate Heroes: ABT's


ABT's is short for Atomic Buffalo Turds. Sorry about the crude name, I didn't make it up. I don't even know the origin of the name, but that is really what they are called. Go Google it and you'll find it all over the Internet.


Atomic Buffalo Turds are probably the most popular appetizer in the barbecue circles. Fortunately, they are most often referred to simply as “ABT's”. But whatever you call them, these things are some of the tastiest things to ever come off of a grill or smoker and are guaranteed tailgate heroes. Ask any barbecuer and they'll tell you, ABT's are the first things to disappear when cooking for a crowd.

I made my first ABT's right after I got my first smoker after learning about them on the barbecue forums circa 2004. So I couldn't believe it when I realized I have never done a post about them. 

ABT's

12 ea jalapeno chiles
4 oz cream cheese, softened
4 oz cheddar cheese
1 Tbsp roasted red pepper, diced
2 tsp BBQ rub (I prefer a fruity rub like Billy Bones XXX Cherry rub for ABT's)
12 slices bacon

Slice the jalapenos in half lengthwise and scrape out the seeds and veins with a spoon. Any spoon will work but I have found that a grapefruit spoon excels at this because of the serrated edge and pointed tip.

Is that a spoon or a shank?  Are we in prison?
 Another tip - wear gloves when handling these.  Alexis and I made 200 of them once and our hands burned for a full 24 hours.  Washing only made it worse.

Shred the cheddar cheese (you can use colby jack or whatever) and add the cream cheese, red pepper and 1 tsp of the BBQ rub.  Mix it thoroughly together.

Stuff the cheese mixture into the jalapenos. Fill them level to the top.  [Note:  The amount of cheese mix you will need depends on the size of your peppers so if you have huge peppers, make more of the cheese mix ahead of time.]

The cheese mix will expand while cooking.  Don't over stuff them.

Cut the bacon strips in half. I like to to it on a bias like this because it gives a “long side” of the bacon that makes it easier for wrapping around and tucking under.


Wrap the bacon strips around the stuffed jalapenos. You can secure them with toothpicks if you want but I don't find it necessary if you wrap them tightly. 


Sprinkle with the other half of the BBQ rub.  

Preheat your grill or smoker to 250f. I like to use fruit woods like apple or cherry when smoking ABT's. Smoke or roast the ABT's for 90 minutes to 2 hours. 


They have a built in timer, it's called bacon. When the bacon looks crispy and done, the ABT's are done.


Be forewarned, these things are addictive. I didn't even like jalapeno peppers until I started eating these things. 

25 comments:

  1. Ha ha ha ha ha...I've never heard this name for them before...crude, but funny. I've never tried them either, only the simple cousin that is stuffed w/ cream cheese. They look amazing and I KNOW I'd be addicted.

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  2. I was just craving some of these today...although not necessarily by that name.

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  3. I just had one of these last Wednesday for the first time and you're right they are soooooooooo addictive and I loved them!!! You should link these to tailgating time at OKK.

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  4. Ha, what a name! Doesn't really generate hunger pains :) but I must say they look delicious and I'd love to taste them!

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  5. I never understood that name either. Maybe if you eat too many of them it feels like, uh, nevermind... but I do know I love them! Problem is, I can eat FAR too many of them too. Smart idea to cut the bacon on the bias too - I'm so totally stealing, errr I mean borrowing that idea!!

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  6. I'm grilling tomorrow and I will surprise my wife with this one. Should I tell her what they are called? Nope, just ABT will do.

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  7. This may be the perfect appetizer for tomorrow nights Mnnday night game, Raiders v Denver. I just made some applewood smoked bacon and I have home grown jalapenoss. What better way to see my home team tank themselves in front of a National audience. (Some kind of fan I am. Droped my season tickets, moved out of Oakland and if they lose I am going to stick those tasty appetizers up my ***.")

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  8. You can send any of those little torpedos directly to my mouth, an explosion I will gladly deal with!

    My coordinates are 4408...north east...nj...second block facing east...first floor...

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  9. They look delicious Chris. I'm planning to make some next week using a pepper I'm growing this year for the first time. The Sante Fe Chiles are shaped like a jalpeno but they are yellow to red, about twice the size, and have less heat. http://www.chilipeppermadness.com/santa-fe-grande-chili-pepper.html

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  10. The name aside, these really do look magical!

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  11. hehehe.. I love that name!! And of course, what's not to love here.. bacon, jalapeno, cheese?? It's like a little piece of heaven right there!

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  12. Didn't even like jalapeno peppers? Blasphemy! I'm glad you've got your priorities in check now:)

    These little devils look out of this world. Never made them before and now I'm thinking that I'd better not. Namely because I know I'd inhale them. They look fabulous!

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  13. These are a personal fave of mine - and yours look fantastic. And I love that spoon!

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  14. I don't care what they are called... they look AWESOME to me! I also really, REALLY love that wooden serving dish.

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  15. haha, never heard of them, but i really want to try them now. a crowd pleaser for sure!

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  16. Ok, first of all, the name. I'll stick with ABTs. With four boys in the family, that could get crazy fast. ha ha. Second, you almost made me laugh with the "built in timer, it's called bacon." Not sure why, but I still think that's funny. I like built in timers. ;)

    And last, but most definitely not least, THANK YOU for the green chile sauce link. I have hesitated to even try making it, because no one seems to have a recipe they just adore. Yours sounds really good. I've pinned it now and I'll be trying it next time I manage to get my hands on fresh chile.

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  17. GREAT PICTURES and great recipe. Also seen them with little smokey cocktail weenies nestled in over the cream cheese. Thanks for posting.

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  18. These look amazing. Forwarding to friend for party menu.

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  19. I'm sooo going to make these soon. They look FAB-U-LOUS!

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  20. Atomic buffalo turds. hahahahaha! You don't need football season to make these. Yum.

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  21. Those are the most delicious 'turds' I ever set eyes on! I must live in a cave cause I never heard of them before.

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  22. Chris,
    I love the name of this recipe, I can't wait to try these. I usually grill, not smoke my poppers so I want to give this a try and see if I like this better. I can imagine that smoking would make the bacon not as likely to make the grill flare up.

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  23. Mmmmm, you just kicked up one of my very favorite football foods a notch here - Atomic Buffalo Turds are definitely on my game-day menu for this coming weekend! Thanks for linking them up to Tailgating Time and so glad the linky thingy doesn't hate you anymore :-)

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  24. Try stuffing a mini jalapeno sausage in the cheese before wrapping with bacon.
    Also, its really great when you dip them in Dan T's Raspberry Chipotle sauce ! Gonna make some on Canada Day weekend at the cottage !

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  25. Broncos won big time Sunday! Now I'll be smokin' these ABT's every game day.. Easy, very tasty and original cheese mixture...

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