My First ABT's, First Course of Canadian Thanksgiving

Discussion in 'ABT's' started by disco, Oct 14, 2014.

  1. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    We went non traditional for Canadian Thanksgiving again. No turkey. Also, a friend had given me a bag of jalapenos. I decided to do ABT's for appetizers. I use Jeff's book, The Essential Guide to Real Barbecue, Smoking Meat. If you don't have it get it. It is a good quick reference.

    I started by making the cheese mixture

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    I filled the jalapenos.


    In his book, Jeff wrapped the bacon lengthwise and used toothpicks. I just wrapped 1/2 slice of bacon around each and did not use toothpicks.


    I heated the mini up to 240 F with some bourbon barrel oak chunks and put them on.


    Here, I'm afraid, Jeff let me down. His book said they would take approximately 3 hours. I put them on 2 1/4 hours before my guest was to arrive. They were ready in 2 hours. I cranked the vents shut and tried to keep them warm but the bacon over crisped a bit.


    That said, they were delicious and were gone almost instantly.

    I will have a better idea of cooking times the next time and there will definitely be a next time.

    Disco
     
  2. c farmer

    c farmer Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    They look tasty to me.

    I havent tried to make them yet.
     
  3. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    they look tasty Disco... let me ask... cooking at that temp how were the pepper's themselves... crunchy (not cooked) ? soft (perfect)? fall apart (over cooked) ?

    Myself I like to cook em slow (225`)... that let's the pepper itself get cooked (soft) before the bacon get's to over done
     
  4. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Adam. I always shied away from them because She Who Must Be Obeyed doesn't care for spicy food. My buddy who was coming over for Thanksgiving dinner does so I decided it was time to try them. I was amazed at how little heat there was from the jalapenos. The cheese and bacon just mellowed them right out. Even SWMBO like them. I recommend you give them a try.

    Disco
     
  5. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    The peppers were very soft but not fall apart. I would have liked to have taken them off the heat 1/2 hour earlier. I think they would have been soft perfect then. As it is, they still held their shape and tasted wonderful.
     
  6. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Nice Smoke Disco! Glad you you liked those poppers! Time to branch out and try some other fillings, or use the sweet mini peppers too.
    Don't be fooled, sometimes the jalapeños are hot and sometimes they're not! Batch to batch can be different. The last batch we made were smoking hot!

    One of my favorite ways to eat the leftovers is to use a couple ABT's as the filler for an omelette! Yumm!
     
  7. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Case. 

    I will keep that in mind about the heat. I am already thinking of sausage in them but one thing at a time.

    You have leftovers of these? You obviously make more than I did or have way more self control.

    Disco
     
  8. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    yea.. I put a lil smokie on each one.. I tried the shrimp ones.. but I prefer the lil smokie
     
  9. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Sounds great! I'll give it a try.

    Disco
     
  10. java

    java Smoking Fanatic

    Disco, try italian suasage,smoked cream cheese, with a little sprinkle of parm, then top with yor bacon!
     
  11. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Java! I'll add it to my list.

    Disco
     
    Last edited: Oct 14, 2014
  12. waterinholebrew

    waterinholebrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lookin good Disco, I'd take a handful of them ABT's anyday ! :drool Very nice ! Thumbs Up
     
  13. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, Brew, another new treat from the forums.

    Disco
     
  14. bmudd14474

    bmudd14474 Smoking Guru Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Looks awesome. Id be thankful for those
     
  15. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Head on up, I'll make you some!

    Disco
     
  16. crazymoon

    crazymoon Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    Disco, Nice Abts ! Watch out they are addicting !
     
  17. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, CM.

    Too late, I'm hooked.
     
  18. mdboatbum

    mdboatbum Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Looks great Disco!! I love ABTs and I'm not a big spicy food fan. I've tried the mini sweets as Case mentioned, but I really like the flavor of the jalapeños. I just make sure to remove all the whitish veins and then scrape the inside of the pepper with a teaspoon to remove the satiny membrane. All the jalapeño flavor and almost zero heat. I've also learned to wear gloves and goggles. The pepper oil gets under my nails and burns all day, and scraping with the spoon almost always squirts pepper juice directly in my eyes. My wife always has a good laugh when I don my protective gear for making ABTs. She calls it my hazmat suit.
     
  19. disco

    disco Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks, MD! 

    When your cutting jalapenos, if you can keep from touching your face, you can wash your hands with a scrub brush afterwards at least 3 times and you are good to go. However, do not urinate until you've washed your hands. You will regret it.
     
  20. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    A little trick I learned from a few different cooks. After handling peppers, take a lime, cut in half rub all over your fingers. Takes care of the hot fingers better than soap!
     

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