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Old 05-16-2008, 10:52 PM   #121
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Oh my dear god.

In reviewing some new recipes to try out with my new smoker (sitting in the livingroom as we speak) I came across two items of interest.

Lets dispose of the non-bacon-related item first. Its called a "fattie". Yeah, I know.

Basically this is a chub of Jimmy Dean sausage thrown into the smoker and ideally positioned above a lean piece of meat so the fat drips down on it, it is then sliced and eaten separately. In more complex arrangements its flattened, stuffed with mozzarella, pepperoni, tomato paste, onions, garlic and so forth, then rolled and cooked as a 'pizza' item.

On to the bacon product. This is known as an "ABT" or "atomic buffalo turd" or "atomic bear turd".

This is a jalapeno pepper, stuffed with cheese and/or meat, wrapped in bacon, and then cooked on a smoker for about 3-5 hours. There are even special "abt racks" or "chili racks" made to hold these. Most of the recipes involve capped and hollowed peppers stuffed with a mix of cream cheese, cheddar, shredded pork or minced sausage, a bit of spice rub, and then of course, topped and wrapped in bacon.

I'll be making about 3 dozen of these and some form of fattie in the next couple of days.

By the way, the arguments about whether to halve the pepper or take the top off and which stuffings are and are not appropriate ABT items are more hotly disputed than annuities and precious metals are here. And the acronyms are equally mystifying...



The lesser "fattie"



And sliced open...this is a "pizza fattie"

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Please oh please give me your address Bunny! I just gotta have one...I don't care if I die young...well sorta young anyway.
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I dont even want to know the amount of exercise I would need to do. Just looking at it makes me want to go run.

I would like to add. I would eat it and live with the consequences of my actions..
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I would like to add. I would eat it and live with the consequences of my actions..
Good man. I'm going to use the thick cut dry cure bacon and go with a mix of apple wood and cherry.

Dude! The primary component is a vegetable! We're immune!
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Kindly send those pictures on to India.
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Dude! The primary component is a vegetable! We're immune!
Unless it's broccoli...

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WOW CFB I now have (another) purpose in life. Now I have to figure out how to convince DW that this fits into our 'healthy' diet.
THANKS!

btw, you poppers remind me of my favorite New Year Eve party appetizer, chicken liver wrapped in bacon ... ok ... now you made me drool on my keyboard ... hope it has a protective membrane ...
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I just made a batch to go into the smoker tomorrow. Kind of a pain in the butt. I made a dozen by splitting them up the middle, scooping the seeds, filling with the cream cheese mixture and laying a half strip of bacon on top and six by cutting off the top, scooping, filling, sticking a bit of bacon in the top, wrapping with a half slice and skewering with a toothpick. The halving method is 150% easier. I took a couple of cheap foil disposable steam table pans that will just fit into the smoker, put the halved jobs in one and turned the other upside down, poked some holes in it and stood the capped peppers upright by tucking them in the holes. I'll put that on the next shelf up.

The filling I used was about 8oz softened cream cheese, four scallions minced, and about 3 heaping tablespoons of my regular dry rub mix - 4 parts brown sugar, 2 parts chili powder, 1 part smoked paprika, 1 part cumin, 1 part salt, 1 part black pepper, 1 part granulated garlic.

I might sprinkle a little more rub over the top of the whole shebang before I put it in the smoker. Only thing I'm concerned about is that the bacon I used is the extra thick dry cure and it might not cook fully before the pepper starts to disintegrate. I got big honking jalapenos just to be sure they stand up. Most of them are a good 3.5-4" long.
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Huh...thought I had a pic of the ABT's in my prior post...
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CFB - Can't see the buffalo turds in my browser, got a link to some other photo?

Showed the Fattie to DW - her eyes about popped out... gotta try that one.

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I see it now, thanks!

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Those look tasty. Really tasty. Good job CFB.
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Golly, just the sight of it all brings tears to my eyes!

Good work Bunny.
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DO try this at home!
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Well, I guess I'll have to since you won't give me your address.........
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Hmm tasy bacon goodness. This is what you would call really fresh bacon


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Let me sing the praises of Costco's Hormel fully cooked bacon: It's super handy - doesn't stink up the house and leaves just the right amount of fat in the pan to do pancakes or eggs - both if you have a good cast iron pan. Counting the number of strips it's about 1.5 times more expensive than uncooked bacon, but the quality is great, the strips stay flat, very little smoke, and it's so fast i don't wander off and let it cremate.
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Oh yeeeaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhh!

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