What Do You Use to Stuff Your ABTs?

Discussion in 'ABT's' started by rabbithutch, Dec 2, 2013.

  1. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Kids were at the in-laws house for Thanksgiving but got around to us on Friday. Had SIL light a fire in the Weber while I prepared the ABT stuffing (Philly cream cheese, sour cream, Tajin, Sriracha, and extra sharp cheddar sticks). After washing, taking off the caps, and coring, I started to stuff them. It was NOT pretty.

    I used the old ziplock bag with a corner cut off but I had a hard time getting the mix all the way to the bottom of the jalapeños. I had stuffing all over me, all over the peppers, and all over the rack. Trying to put bacon on that mess was even messier. Oh, they tasted GREAT - even SWMBO said so - but I could do without all the aggravation and clean up.

    Sooooo . . . . . what ingenious tricks do you use to stuff your ABTs? I'm not talking about those that are sliced down the middle but the ones you uncap. I don't have a sausage maker; so that's out.

  2. eight433

    eight433 Fire Starter

    I usually just pre fry the bacon. Break it into pieces and stuff it down the middle with a piece of string cheese cut into quarters and in lengths long enough to fit in the jalapeños. I've also used pepperoni. It's all good!
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
  3. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Blue cheese is great! Also mix in some smoked ham, prosciutto. Cream cheese with cilantro or chives. Be creative.
  4. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Lots of different variaties out there
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
  5. orlandosmoking

    orlandosmoking Smoking Fanatic

    Try using a toothpick to punch a hole or two in the bottom of the pepper so that you will not be trapping any air as you stuff. Also soften the cream cheese, microwave or sit out of fridge till nice and soft, shred the cheddar so your mix is nice and smooth.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
  6. radioguy

    radioguy Smoking Fanatic

    Forgot that.....also let's moisture out of the pepper. I poke a large hole in the pepper bottom with a bamboo skewer if roasting them upright.
  7. jckdanls 07

    jckdanls 07 Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

    can't help ya out any as I slice mine in half... I use onion and chive cream cheese, shredded monteray jack, some of your fav. rub mixed in... top with a lil smokey and wrap in bacon....
  8. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    As stated above, I like to par cook the bacon.

    For filling?  As long as there is cheese in the mix?

    I think it is just like an omelet?  Whatever your imagination produces.

    But it is required that you post your victories for the rest of us to try?

    Good luck and good smoking.
    Last edited: Dec 2, 2013
  9. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Thanks for the replies, Folks!

    I was mostly asking about what tools you use to keep the stuffing process from being so damned messy (hollowed out center and cooked vertically). Pastry bags work but seem to be too much trouble. I'm gonna try that suggestion about punching a hole in the bottom to let air escape.

    I picked up something yesterday that I'm going to try. It is a funnel that is about the same size from the top to the where the spout starts. The typical funnel that tapers rapidly from top to tip doesn't allow much in the way of ram action. I'm gonna cut a piece of plastic and attach a dowel rod to use as a ram on this little funnel. If it works, I'm gonna look for a larger one because I don't think it will hold enough filling for more than 3 or 4 ABTs.

    Again, thanks for the input!
  10. I use one of these. Works great, and super fast too(once it is all ready in the bag).

  11. mike johnson

    mike johnson Master of the Pit Group Lead OTBS Member

  12. What does ABT stand for anyway?
  13. eight433

    eight433 Fire Starter

    I think this was our way of telling you we don't use any fancy equipment. We just cram solid foods into the hole and throw them in the smoker

    Abt= atomic buffalo turd
    Last edited: Dec 3, 2013
  14. venture

    venture Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I just slice mine lengthwise.  Fill and wrap the canoe.

    Good luck and good smoking.
  15. ak1

    ak1 Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    I just use a spoon and force it in.
  16. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    Try a Jerky Gun. You can use it for ABT's or even Jelly Donuts too, so it is a multi-tasker and worth the 20-$40 investment...JJ

  17. rabbithutch

    rabbithutch Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    I've used the pastry bag but find it to be a bit cumbersome and messy and clean up can be a pain. I've looked a cake decorating devices sold by Wilton and other such devices (never saw the Jerky gun before). The problem with most of these is that they have a narrow filling orifice or a very wide one that you have to keep sealed up (think pastry bag). I think I would find filling and cleaning the Jerky gun a PITA. What I'm looking for is something that has a wide filling orifice - like a funnel but without the sharp taper - and a narrow and relatively deep business end. Something like this (but not as large; this one is 15-1/2" wide):

    It should be relatively easy to fashion a piston of sorts to push the stuffing right into the peppers.
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2013
  18. chef jimmyj

    chef jimmyj Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator Group Lead OTBS Member

    This should get the job done. I found it and several others on Amazon...JJ

    6" Stainless Steel Funnel w/removable Strainer Wide Mouth - Great Quality!

    by Update International



  19. I cut the cream cheese with a knife. Making sure it is still very cold. Cuts nice. Cream cheese, onions then chicken or little smokies. Shrinp works too. shake on your favorite rub some cheddar cheese then wrap with thin slice bacon...
  20. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Like Chef JJ mentioned I when I stuff from the top I use the jerky gun sometimes, or we have a smaller version that is used for decorating cakes, cookies that also works (use it for making fancy deviled eggs too).

    For fillings Pulled pork, pulled smoked chicken, smoked bay shrimp, dungeness crab are all good proteins. I like to mix smoked pepper jack and cream cheese with chipotle, garlic, onion, maybe a bit of Parmesan on top, oh yeah! Yum! 


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