ABT's (Smoked Stuffed Jalapenos)

ABT's (Smoked Stuffed Jalapenos)

16 reviews, 4.9 star(s). 81% would make again

Ready in 2 hours

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.


12 ea jalapeno chiles
4 ounces cream cheese; softened
4 ounces cheddar cheese
1 tablespoon roasted red pepper; diced
2 teaspoons BBQ rub
12 slices bacon

Original recipe makes 24 Servings



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.

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

Cut the bacon strips in half. I like to to it on a bias 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.


I prefer a fruity BBQ rub for these such as Billy Bones XXX Cherry but you can use whatever BBQ rub you like.

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Great recipe for jalapeno poppers. Not really sure what "ABT" means, but the BBQ Rub was a different twist on an old favorite. Baked these at 350 F for 30 minutes, and they turned out perfect. Fortunately there were two left for me to try at the end of the night, and they are very tasty. Will try again with other cheeses and different rubs.
timgraham1 1y ago

These were very good, although a bit rich. The directions for this were well done. We don't own a smoker, so I put them in the oven at 400 degrees for 20 minutes, which worked. This is a bit labor intensive, but worth it. They present well. My husband loved them.
Stewdebaker 2y ago

Made these with my Father on Labor day. They were a huge hit, I used onion and chive cream cheese and added fresh dill and thyme and more bacon to the filling. Dad used apple wood and hickory in the smoker. Fantastic will be making again at the next family function!
Houdai 2y ago

I used Head Country BBQ sauce instead of rub. Used Apple and thyme stems. These things were AWESOME!!!!!
hawglinx 3y ago

Atomic buffalo turds are awesome. If haven't tried them by now. Do not wait. I always add some chorizo in the mix to change it up.
Nibletsp 3y ago

Making them now! They smell scrumptious. Using apple wood in the smoker.
Lauraspecs 3y ago

OH MY WORD! These are so delish!
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