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Whee! My first ABT's!

Discussion in 'ABT's' started by thebarbequeen, Oct 20, 2010.

  1. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    Late notice party invite=excuse to try my first abt's!  The teenage son had just finished all the milk, so I tried soaking them in a big bowl of cold water with a few tablespoons of sugar dissolved in it, just going out on a limb, since sugar is the other "antidote" when you eat a hot one.  Didn't get any complaints about too much heat, so it either helped some or at least didn't hurt any. I had about 16-18 peppers, halved them right down the stem. The small end of my melon baller worked perfectly at getting out the seed and veins. They soaked a couple hours, and I changed the water once. 


    The filling:  8 oz. cream cheese, 2-3 pressed garlic cloves, 4 minced green onions, 1/2 tsp Old Bay (I use that stuff in practically everything!), generous 1/2 tsp each ground cumin and paprika, dash of Adobo lemon pepper, about 1/4 tsp. worchestershire - mixed that up, then added about 6 oz grated cheddar.

    The cumin and paprika gave it just a bit of Mexican flavor, without being obviously taco-like. They also gave it a really nice color. I let it rest to develop flavor, 1-2 hours.  After stuffing, each got a sliver of really good andouille from my butcher shop.  I didn't pipe the stuffing in, just pressed it in with my little offset spatula.  It's one of my very favorite tools.


    did a 1/2 slice bacon wrap.  most of them held ok.


    After I got them all wrapped, I used a small sieve and sprinkled just a dusting of brown sugar over the tops.

    Put them in the CSE, set to 250, not preheated. About 1-1/2 oz. chips apple? alder? my bad-forgot to note.

    They were done in about one hour and ten minutes.


    They were a success, of course!  People loved the layers of flavor that the spice mixture brought in.  They had to be transported, so they went into a foil pan and got reheated in the oven at the party. No texture issues on the bacon.

    can't wait for my next exuse to make some!   thanks for looking!
    meateater likes this.
  2. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Those look mighty tasty. Congrats on your first ones.
  3. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    Oh man I bet you were the life of the party with those ABT's. They are ALWAYS a huge hit. 
  4. rdknb

    rdknb Master of the Pit OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    very good on your first.  Congrats
  5. meateater

    meateater Legendary Pitmaster SMF Premier Member

    Looking good, nice ninja knife skills splitting the stems, gotta try that. [​IMG]
  6. rbranstner

    rbranstner Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    I didn't notice that in my first look. Nicely done! The stem would be a nice little tool to hold onto when eating.
  7. beer-b-q

    beer-b-q Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    Great Looking ABTs...
  8. pokey

    pokey Meat Mopper

    Beautiful! I've gotta try splitting the stems like that. Nice touch!
  9. morkdach

    morkdach Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    Nice good looken ABT'S
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  11. mballi3011

    mballi3011 Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member


    Now you have done a fantastic job on your first try at the Abt's they look wonderful.
  12. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member


    Did you actually split the stems as well?

    Well done.
  13. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

     yep, right down the middle.  I wanted to leave the halves as intact as I could, so the cheese wouldn't be tempted to sneak out the end, and to provide people with a way to pick them up. 
  14. pineywoods

    pineywoods SMF Hall of Fame Pitmaster Staff Member Administrator Group Lead OTBS Member OTBS Admin SMF Premier Member

    Great job and the split stems is the perfect touch
  15. richoso1

    richoso1 Legendary Pitmaster OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Congrats on what will be a common practice in your home.ABT's are always a welcome treat. It's all good my friend.
  16. sqwib

    sqwib Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    That is awesome, I try to leave them stems but you need really fresh peps for that.

    They must have been pretty fresh, I bought a bunch this weekend and the stems were starting to dry out.
  17. scarbelly

    scarbelly Epic Pitmaster OTBS Member

    I stopped at a market called Vallarta yesterday looking for some pork bellies (they were out) and they had japs on sale 2# for $1 so I grabbed me a bag and hope to do some ABT's this week
  18. thebarbequeen

    thebarbequeen Smoking Fanatic

    mmmmmmmm. pork bellies...another item on my to do soon list 
  19. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member

    nice job on the abt's!!!
  20. chefrob

    chefrob Master of the Pit OTBS Member