Meat Candy

Discussion in 'Pork' started by GaryHibbert, Oct 8, 2017.

  1. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★


    As soon as I read his post, I knew it was only a matter of time before I made some of AB Canuck’s Meat Candy—it looked and sounded sooooo good. Well, the day finally arrived. I was home, between jobs, and had plenty of free time. So I started gathering the ingredients. Some I had on hand and some needed to be picked up. I decided not to bother posting this until the SMF transition was finished.

    First the dates. I wanted the best dates I could find, so I bought a container of Premium Khudri Dates from the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. Sounds impressive, doesn’t it. Probably shouldn’t mention I bought them at Wally World. LOL. Next the sausage meat. Charlie—AB Cancuk—had given me a sample mix of his sausage and one package contained some of his Italian Sausage, medium heat. They were perfect for me, but too hot for Miss Linda, so for hers I used some Costco Honey/Garlic sausage meat.

    I soon discovered that making these ABTs was time consuming, finicky, and real messy. The first order of business was to slice down one side of the date and remove the pit, leaving an opening for the sausage meat. Since I was making 3 dozen, this took quite a while, and left me with really sticky hands. OK, all the dates pitted and my hands washed, I was ready to stuff the dates.


    After removing the casings from the sausage links, I stuffed one dozen dates with Italian, one dozen with Honey/Garlic, and since I had some leftover pulled pork, I thought “Why not??” and stuffed the final dozen with that. To the pulled pork I added a generous amount of my pork rub for more flavor. Now stuffing 3 dozen dates with sausage meat and pulled pork was a pretty greasy job, so once again, I washed my hands.

    Charlie's Italian Sausage

    I rolled the bacon out with Miss Linda’s pastry roller to make each rasher thinner and longer so it would crisp up better. Then each stuffed date was wrapped in about 1/3 slice, stretching the bacon tight around it—no toothpicks required.


    I loaded all the dates onto a rack, ready for the smoker. It was a tight fit but I got them all on.


    After playing with a pound of greasy bacon it was about that time. Yep, you guessed it. Washed my hands again.

    The dates went into the MES at 240 degrees, the AMNPS loaded with Pecan and smoking away. Charlie’s instructions were to cook them for about 40 minutes, but as neither Miss Linda nor I like soft bacon, I left them in for one hour to allow the bacon to crisp up.

    We had some for supper that night. Just Meat Candy, salad, and some strawberry cream cheese on Stoned Wheat Thins (we had picked the cheese up from a small cheese maker on Vancouver Island). They were great!! The sausage thoroughly cooked and delicious, the bacon fairly crisp, and the dates soft and gooey. The taste--a combination of sausage, salty bacon, and sweet dates—was superb. The ones made with Italian sausage were the best IMO, but Miss Linda much preferred the milder Honey/Garlic.

    You’ve probably noticed I haven’t mentioned the dates filled with pulled pork. Well, there’s a good reason for that. They simply weren’t very good. Out of the three of us, my hound Roxy was the only one that ate them. Miss Linda and I each tried the obligatory one and had absolutely no desire to go for seconds. With 2 dozen great sausage filled ABTs awaiting us, there was no real reason to do anything but consign the PP dates to Roxy.

    Just as a side note, it took almost twice as long to prep these as it did to cook them.

    These are great ABTs. VERY messy to make, but well worth the effort. Many thanks to you, Charlie, for the idea and your delicious Italian sausage.

    Thanks for looking.



    We nuked a few for lunch the next day. Just like pulled pork, they were even better the 2nd day.


    Last edited: Oct 8, 2017
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  2. tropics

    tropics Smoking Guru ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job on the cook and the post ?
    How did you get his sausage
  3. chopsaw

    chopsaw Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    Nice job ,,, good post .
  4. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Richie. I was real pleased with the results--well MOST of them. LOL.
    Charlie @ab canuck lives less than 2 hours from me. He stopped by at the beginning of summer on his way to a rig site.
    Last edited: Oct 9, 2017
  5. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks chopsaw. It was a fun, if messy, smoke.
  6. Nice! If everyone is like us, we should buy stock in Dawn dish detergent!
  7. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Haha!! Ain't that just the truth.
  8. SmokinAl

    SmokinAl Smoking Guru Staff Member Moderator OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Great job on the ABT's!

    They look fantastic!

  9. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Al! They were worth all the effort. Truth be told I had a couple of them on my plate last night along with the full turkey dinner.
  10. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Looks tasty! Next time you make a batch send a dozen my way!
  11. troutman

    troutman Smoking Fanatic SMF Premier Member

    We do jalapeno poppers all the time but never tried the meat candy route. Very nice and I know how labor intensive that is. Really like the looks of that sausage as well.

    Btw, I met my lovely wife in Red Deer, I just love visiting Alberta.
  12. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Case but I've got a feeling you'd best be wearing a respirator by the time our mail system finally delivered the package.
  13. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks troutman. We really enjoyed them.
    So....stealing our women huh??:D
  14. ab canuck

    ab canuck Master of the Pit SMF Premier Member

    They looked great!!! Thanks for trying and the mention, I am glad you liked them. Hope more people give them a try they really are a nice treat. Point lol or like for sure....
  15. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Charlie. But the real credit for this goes to you.
  16. WaterinHoleBrew

    WaterinHoleBrew Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Gary, awesome my friend! All looks really tasty!
  17. griz400

    griz400 Master of the Pit

    nice job .. points to you .. takes some patience and time to do all that ...points for sure .. :cool:
  18. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks Justin. They were tasty, but not something to serve at the last minute. LOL
  19. GaryHibbert

    GaryHibbert Smoking Guru OTBS Member ★ Lifetime Premier ★

    Thanks griz. Patience?? Yep. You sure don't want to try these if you're in a rush. I was lucky--a whole day with nothing planned.
  20. foamheart

    foamheart Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Dates? Momma used to do a date loaf candy during the holidays, only thing I ever saw done with dates. Sounds interesting though...... Thanks Gary.

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