Stuffed Jalapeno’s also known as...ABT’s

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Stuffed Jalapeño Peppers, commonly referred to in the BBQ circuit as ABT's (Atomic Buffalo Turds), are an easy to make and very popular appetizer among BBQ enthusiasts. 

Since most of the spice from the peppers comes from the seeds and ribs, if you don’t like the heat remove the ribs and seeds.  The spiciness of the pepper also dissipates the longer it is cooked. So if you are slow smoking your ABT's and you like a little spice to your peppers you may want to leave the ribs or some of the seeds intact when your coring it or simply add a little paprika and cayenne pepper to the cream cheese. I also like to add some diced up pickled jalapeños to the cream cheese mixture.

What You’ll Need

  • Whole Jalapeno Peppers - halved length wise. As many as you want to make
  • Bacon - ½ slices.  One ½ slice for each ½ pepper
  • Cream Cheese - softened to room temperature
  • Cocktail Wieners - such as Hillshire Farms Lil' Smokies. 
  • 2 tsp. Paprika (Optional)
  • 1 tsp Cayenne Pepper (Optional)

 How It’s Done

  • Once you have cut the peppers in half length wise, gently remove all the seeds and ribs.
  •  (OPTIONAL) If you like a little spice...combine the paprika and cayenne pepper with the cream cheese.
  • Spread a dab of cream cheese the length of the pepper

  • Place a wiener along the length and gently press in place
  • Wrap a half slice of bacon around the pepper.

They are now ready to grill or smoke to your hearts content.

Time  will depend entirely on how your cooking (grilling or smoking) and at what temperature. Lower the temp…the longer the cook. However a good rule of thumb is that when the bacon is done, they are ready.

You can also stuff the whole pepper

  • Cut the top off the pepper
  • Using a thin bladed paring knife, carefully cut out the ribs and seeds
  • Fill the empty shell with your desired filling
  • Take a strip of bacon, start halfway down the pepper and lay the bacon across the top of the pepper, wrapping the whole pepper as you go. 


  • Remember ….the longer the cook, the less spicy they are. So if you like a little heat to them I would consider a higher temp. and shorter cook time.
  • If you are doing quite a few of them, use some bamboo skewers which have been soaked in water. Insert the skewer through the wiener just above the pepper. Fit as many as you can onto the skewer and place on your grill.
  • If you are cooking over hot coals, keep a close eye on them. Try to use indirect heating if possible.
  • If you are BBQing (smoking) low and slow they will generally take anywhere from 30 min. to an hour.
  • They are done when the bacon is fully cooked.
  • You can also try brushing them with a little spicy raspberry sauce when they are done. You can usually find the sauce with the BBQ sauces in your local grocery store.