Cookbook:Jalapeno Sausage and Bacon Appetizers (Atomic Buffalo Turds)

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Atomic Buffalo Turd (With cocktail sausage and cheddar)- Uncooked

Atomic Buffalo Turds (also known as ABTs) are a variation of the jalapeño popper.


  • Jalapeno peppers, half as many as needed
  • Cream cheese
  • Cocktail sausages, twice the number of Jalapeno peppers
  • Bacon slices, as many slices as you have peppers


Halve the jalapeño peppers lengthwise and scrape out membrane and seeds. Fill the peppers with cream cheese and then place a cocktail sausage on top of the cream cheese. Cut the bacon slices in half and wrap each halved pepper in bacon. It is not really needed, but a cocktail stick or toothpick can be used to hold the ABTs together.

The classic ABT is barbecued, often in a smoker. They are done when the bacon is crisped and the jalapeño has softened but not to the point of collapsing. However ABTs are also often baked or grilled over indirect heat. When oven baked or indirectly grilled, they are typically cooked at approximately 275F (135C) for two hours, or until bacon is crisped.


Variants include experimenting with the cocktail sausages using cheddar cheese or other cheese in place of the cream cheese. If the heat of the jalapeño peppers does not appeal, bell peppers may be used instead: quarter the bell peppers and scrape out the seeds. The ABTs can be basted with a barbecue sauce before being cooked.