Tuesday, 10 January 2012

021 - Atomic Buffalo Turds

I'd originally tried making ABTs with peppadews. Partly because my better half is not a big fan of spicy food, and partly because finding whole jalapenos in the UK is not an easy task! All the chilli farms I found on the internet had sold out of fresh ones, and my local supermarkets only sold the sliced and pickled variety. Eventually, I found some from casamexico.co.uk, so I decided to give them another go...
My first task was to rinse the jalapenos from the liquid they had been stored in, and carefully remove the white flesh and seeds from inside (I used the blunt end of a teaspoon to try and avoid piercing the skin). Then I left them to drain and dry out on top of some kitchen paper. As you can see, I also made some more with peppadews because I enjoyed them so much the first time :-)

Directions for ABTs seem to vary, in that some only use half a pepper for each ABT where others use a whole one. My jalapenos seemed fairly small, so I opted to make mine using whole peppers. I piped cream cheese into each pepper using a sandwich bag with a hole cut in one corner. A good tip is to leave the cream cheese out at room temperature for half an hour, allowing it to soften before attempting to pipe it.

Then, I quartered some cocktail sausages length ways and inserted a piece into each jalapeno. Finally, a piece of bacon is wrapped around each pepper and held in place with a cocktail stick. For a finishing touch, and an extra BBQ taste, I dusted the completed ABTs with some Butt Rub!

All that's left to is to smoke them on the BBQ until the bacon is cooked, and the chillis are warmed through and starting to get nice and juicy. I cooked these as a side dish for the triple play chicken, so added them in a foil tray over indirect heat - they would get a decent smoking during the 2nd flavour hit of the chicken :-)

Let me get straight to the point about these fiery little treats... they absolutely blew my head off! I'm unsure whether these tinned jalapenos are hotter than the fresh versions but as soon as I bit into one, my mouth was ablaze! And the cream cheese, whilst tasty, certainly did nothing to counteract the burning sensation. It's safe to say that I enjoyed making them a lot more than I enjoyed eating them :-) 

If you're in to all things spicy, then you will love these. For me though, I think I'll stick to the peppadews in future...!


  1. This looks good. I've wanted to cook ABT's for quite some time now but this really pushed me to do it.

    I think it's time to fire up the Bradley this or next weekend and see what I can do.

    Thanks for the inspiration!

    // Mike

  2. Thank you very much for your kind words Mike :-)

    I'll look forward to seeing your ABTs, and hope that your palette is a little more robust than mine!

  3. These look the business to me!
    Fancy a pop at these too

  4. Thanks very much Marcus, let me if you give them a try :-)

  5. these look great Lee, bookmarked for later in the year when i have my own fresh chilli's! Thank you!

  6. Thanks Matt :-)

    Do you grow your own chillies?

  7. We cheat. Lidl's do ready stuffed peppers in the chiller. Get apack of proscutio, German black forest ham or jamon, wrap, stick, cook.

  8. Thanks for the tip, I'll check out my local Lidl! :-)