I am sure it has had to be mentioned here, but I have not read through all the threads. But in case it hasn't been mentioned, try drudging your bacon in a brown sugar/ceyenne pepper mixture before wrapping the pepper. Man the ABT's come out fantastic that way. I make a simple ABT. I use cream cheese and lil smokies, each peeper gets one lil smokie and filled with cream cheese, then I wrap the pepper with the brown sugar bacon. I have only made these in the oven though, I have never smoked them. Will probably do so this weekend. mmmmmmmmmmmmm.