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ABT - Questions

OttawaEggOttawaEgg Posts: 283
edited 4:27PM in EggHead Forum
Ya, its me again - the "expert egger" (according to this forum) that probably asks more questions than any newbie! :laugh:

My wife and I both love the cheese-stuff jalepenos - we get them from the store - the deep fried kind.

But I digress... on the subject of ABTS:

From what I've seen / read, you halve the peppers, scoop out the seeds na white, fill them with some type of meat and cheese, wrap em in bacon and egg them.


Has anyone tried putting the halves back together and THEN wrapping them in bacon?

Favourite meat fillings? I'm looking at using some tex-mex spiced hamburger (cooled before stuffing the peppers of course)


When cooking:

direct or indirect?

drip pan?

Is 350 the temp? 40-40 mins?


Cheers :cheer:


  • PhilsGrillPhilsGrill Posts: 2,256
    You certainly can put the other half on, some do. I stuff mine with cream cheese, onions and a mixture of cheeses, then use half a cocktail sausage and wrap in bacon. Sprinkle on my favorite Dizzy Pig rub and you're off and going!

  • JPFJPF Posts: 591
    I cook abt's at the very least two times a week here. Usually the regular way but have changed it up many ways. I did some taco style meat a time or two and it's pretty good. If I remeber right the first time I saw these on this forum about 4 years back they were put back together and wrapped up.

    My favorite way is the regualr ceam cheese and cocktail winner(the one that has cheese in it) cut long ways and put the bacon over long ways too. I just do half so I can get more cream cheese with each bite of pepper.

    I do mine always indirect plate setter feet up with a drip pan. Bacon does make lots o grease.
    350f to 400f for one hour or until the bacon is nice and done. I like my peppers done and I like to make too many so I can have some for the next few days.
  • RRPRRP Posts: 20,009
    here's a slide show how I do them. Just click on the pix to get it moving.
    L, M, S, Mini
    Dunlap, IL
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,671

    My preference is small chilies, slit from the tip almost to the stem, seeded (a little), stuffed and wrapped as a whole. It's more work but the filling stays in. I usually do them indirect at 450 or so and brush with sauce a few minutes before removing. If the chilis are large they are too big to do as an appetizer.



    Caledon, ON


  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    I do mine whole as well. Cut a slit not quite to bottom. Squeeze it gently like an old coin purse while inserting a spoon into slit and twisting. Scrape out seeds and some of the ribbing with spoon.
    My favorite filling is cream cheese and sage flavored breakfast sausage, but as of late have just been using cream cheese alone.
    Depending on size of pepper I may use half slice bacon or whole slice. I use the thin sliced because it gets crispier, to me.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,671

    I roll the bacon with a rolling pin and try and get a double wrap.



    Caledon, ON


  • JPFJPF Posts: 591
    I like the red sorano chili peppers as much if not more than the jalapeno
    I like to cut my bacon in half then I lay it out and run my finger along it to kinda flatten/stretch it out. Didn't think of the rollin pin, I like that idea :)
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Thck slices L.S.?

    JPF those are very nice Peppers. The serrano's available around my area(ATL) look nothing like them. Thinner, much thinner.
  • OttawaEggOttawaEgg Posts: 283
    Wow - so many ideas !

    I'm looking at doing them as a side dish for my parents when they arrive on Thursday.

    So far the menu is:

    Early appetizer:
    Smoked salmon with red onions / capers (brined the night before, and smoked early in the morning.

    Ribs of course. We just love the maple rub from BGE (spensive, but we just love it)

    ABTs - looking at using seasoned beef and cheddar for the stuffing.
    Other??? Maybe some corn?

  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Careful with that cheddar on the abt's. Love me some cheddar but it can be overpowering with taste. Aside from heat Jalepeno has a really good flavor but pretty subtle. Also cheddar releases alot of oil when cooked.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,671

    Oh man! We can only dream of serranos that big in the GWN :ermm:



    Caledon, ON


  • BayouMarkBayouMark Posts: 284
    Yes. I've done it but it's time consuming. When I'm cleaning the peppers, I keep the halves together and then use a Glad Freezer Bag to squeeze the filling into the pepper halves. I then put some PP, sausage, or a shrimp or crqwfish tail in. Put together, wrap in bacon, and let it go at 400 indirect for 30-40 mins depending how you like em' :woohoo:
  • OttawaEggOttawaEgg Posts: 283
    Hmmm ok ... so I guess the trick is to get the cheese to "just" melt, and getting the bacon crisp...

    Sounds like a 400f cook to me?
  • BacchusBacchus Posts: 6,019
    Personally i would forget the cheddar, but thats just one mans opinion. Cream cheese works very well. I cook at 275-300 for about an hour or so.
  • mojomojo Posts: 220
    If you're gonna leave them halved, make sure you wrap the bacon over all of the stuffing. That way, when you flip them to "crisp" up the bacon, the innards will stay on the inside. Personally I close the lid with the pepper and wrap the entire thing with a full strip of bacon. Many here will suggest 1/2 strip of bacon per ABT, but not me ... I love me some bacon.

    Here's a word of caution that's worth mentioning. When cleaning out the seeds of the jalapeno, please wear gloves. The last time I made them I didn't wear any gloves. I was fine until just after I put them into the Egg. That's when the burn hit me. All of my fingertips felt like they were on fire, and that's not the only place I felt the burn. Just before dropping the ABT's onto the Egg I had gone to the bathroom. Needless to say during the first 20 minutes of cooking time the Egg went unsupervised, as I was in the shower lavaging off from the waist down. The next day my fingers still burned, but mercifully the inferno from below had worn off. Yikes!
  • Bama ChadBama Chad Posts: 153
    If you really want to add some depth, mix in sundried tomatoes (process in food chopper) to the cream cheese.

    Here is a link I have saved with more ideas..
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 28,671

    At my age, I find that a pleasant feeling B)



    Caledon, ON


  • Big'unBig'un Posts: 5,909
    Yes, we tried them by halves and whole, pork, beef,& shrimp. I think the best ones I've had came from AlaskaCs troup when they made some salmon stuffed ABTs. I wasn't expecting them to be as good as they were. Here are some large ones I made last year. They were great.
  • rsmdalersmdale Posts: 2,472
    Hi Tim,I always cook my ABT's whole(more fillings)I use pepper jack,cream,and cojita cheese w/a piece of carne asada and sprinkle butt rub heavy on the bacon.I cook indirect at 350 until bacon is crispy.
    here is 50 going on the Egg


  • Remember to where gloves when you are taking out the seeds. I usually do mine whole, it helps the filling stay in. I leave the stem on so it can be used as a handle. I mix some spices in the cream cheese and use 1/2 slice bacon per pepper, no toothpick. 400 dome, direct. They come out great.

    These were halved. They had sausage, roasted red pepper, sliced sweet pickle, spiced up cream cheese:




    Hope yours turn out great!

    Happily egging on my original large BGE since 1996... now the owner of 6 eggs. Call me crazy, everyone else does!
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