So I'm not a huge fan of Jalapenos, never loved the flavor I guess, but I'm a huge fan of stuffed Anaheim's so I decided to make my own version of ABTs.
Cream cheese stuffing:
Carmelize some finely chopped red onions, throw in a chopped up garlic clove and a bunch of your favorite herbs/spices in the last ten minutes or so. I used oregano, thyme, crushed red pepper, and salt/pepper.
When it's all ready, I tossed in my cream cheese in the pan while it was still hot so the cream cheese was soft enough to use in my make-shift piping bag (a zip-lock bag with the corner cut off) and then filled my Anaheim peppers that I had previously gutted of seeds and such. Wrapped them in partially cooked bacon, stuck a toothpick through the top to keep all the wonderful stuff inside and tossed them on the smoker for 2 hours. Temperature was between 225 and 250. They turned out delicious! They were whole, but I had a half of a pepper lying around that I cut into little "boats" that I filled up and placed a piece of bacon on top - also turned out delicious.
The Anaheim peppers are a bit milder than Jalapenos, but they still have a kick to them and the filling was flavorful and creamy! Bacon cooked just right. I was very happy with my first go at ABTs.
The little guys are Dave's poker night pork shots - frickin awesome.