I did a batch of 20 ABT's this weekend...along with a fattie.
Both went on @ 11:15 am, smoker was pre-heated to 250°
Fattie hit 161° in two hours, so I took everything off. ABT's tasted awesome but there was zero heat. I didn't mind...
I think next time, I'll add ground cayenne pepper to the cream cheese filling, so that there is a little bit of zing.
I guess you could not cook them so long if you like more heat, but then the peppers dont get soft enough for my liking...which is why I think I'll add the cayenne to the filling.
BTW - fattie? Did NOT explode!!!! Lol - that's the first time I've accomplished this. Thanks to all who helped me with pro-tips when I posted something about this last month. Kept it simple: Farmland pork sausage, stuffed with shredded sharp cheddar, sautéd onions, garlic and seasonings like CBP and Tony C's.
I took the fattie and the ABT's to a 40-person cookout yesterday...it was for my wife's grandmother's 80th b-day surprise.
All of my smoked goodness disappeared before anyone had a chance to get up for 2nds!