And finally we have the Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABT’s). Don’t let the name scare you. These things are incredible. A jalapeno stuffed with cream cheese a little smoky and wrapped with a half a slice of bacon. And for those of you that think this will be way to hot trust me they aren’t as hot as it would seem. Certain things can be done to minimize the heat.

***Editor’s Note ~ Check out my new and improved Atomic Buffalo Turds***

All you need for ABT’s are peppers, little smokies, cream cheese and bacon as you can see below. I used two kinds of peppers. Standard Jalepeno’s and whatever those little red ones were which I think were just baby red bell peppers.  You can also use those little green, yellow and red peppers I find locally at Sam’s.

The process is simple. Slice the peppers lengthwise leaving the stem which will make a great handle when they are cooked. Then scoop out the seeds and white flesh. I used a melon baller for this. If you want to make them hotter leave the white flesh and seeds. The white part and the seeds inside the jalepeno is where the year really comes from. If the outer part is cooked enough it won’t pack much heat.

Once the peppers are halved and scooped spoon in a little cream cheese. I left the cream cheese out on the counter for about an hour to soften up and make this part of the process easier. Add a little smoky to each half pepper, wrap with a half slice of bacon and stick a toothpick into the bacon and the smoky to keep everything in place. Here is the process in the picture below from left to right:

Here is a platter full of ABT’s that are ready to go on the grill:

These guys went onto the same grill that had the Bacon Explosion on it. They take about 45 minutes to smoke at around 250. The real timer though is the bacon. When it looks done the ABT’s are done. The Fatty had been on about 2 hours at this point so I wanted to get my ABT’s on right away. I put on half of them here. I added the other half about 20 minutes later:

Here we have the second batch. They have been on for about 20 minutes:

Here we have both the Bacon Explosion and the second batch of ABT’s ready to come off the grill. I think I left these guys on about an hour while I socialized and played with my son:

And finally the ABT’s on a plate and ready to eat. Be careful that cream cheese is like lava when they first come off the grill. While they cooled I got a couple of shots for this site:

As usual, if you have any questions about this recipe, please email me or simply leave a comment below.

Here is a new and improved version of atomic buffalo turds

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Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas

Scott Thomas, the Original Grillin’ Fool, was sent off to college with a suitcase and a grill where he overcooked, undercooked and burned every piece of meat he could find. After thousands of failures, and quite a few successes, nearly two decades later he started a website to show step by step, picture by picture, foolproof instructions on how to make great things out of doors so that others don’t have to repeat the mistakes he’s made on the grill.
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How did the turds turn out? I really would like to cook some this weekend and was wondering if you had any changes you would make. They look awsome!


I made these this weekend for a chili cookoff.They were easily the hit of the party.They had a little twist to them.By accident i grabbed some maple bacon instead of regular and it provided a whole different taste than regular bacon.In fact since the Mizzou game these have been made almost every weekend.



You can also go with the low sodium bacon and sprinkle brown sugar over the top. It’s impossible to make bacon healthy, but I can make it a slight bit healthier going with the low sodium and add the brown sugar to get that sweetness…


I would just like to thank you for the great appetizer recipe, and to also let you in on my version. I am not a big fan of jalapeno peppers so I substituted small sweet peppers instead. (Red, yellow and orange.) You can find them at Costco in a big bag already mixed together. I also seasoned the cream cheese with a package of dry zesty Italian dressing mix. My husband then followed your instructions on grilling them and they turned out phenominal! Our neighbors were very impressed and I made sure to spread the word about your awesome and easy to follow web site.



I have made them the exact same way. I get those peppers at Sam’s. I should add that they can be substituted to the post. Thanks for the kind words…


Hi Scott,
It is the middle of blizzard time here in Massachusetts. But I love this recipe and now I really can’t wait for spring to make them. I only have a gas grill. Can you suggest how I can cook these using gas?


Scott, love the site & your Instagram page. I’ve been making your turds for a while now. Always a hit. I’m actually making them for the Auburn game today. I added a twist today. Left out the smoky, & stirred in a little lime juice & cilantro & my bbq rub into the cream cheese. Makes them slightly sweet. We’ll see how it turns out.



Let me know how it turns out!

Cooking the atomic buffalo turds is a matter of getting the bacon done to your liking. My preference is smoke at 250 degrees for about an hour and a half. At this point the bacon isn t overly crispy, but it s definitely cooked enough to be bite through. If you prefer a crispier bacon, then I d suggest kicking the temperature up to 300 degrees for about an hour. You ll want to keep a close eye on the peppers though. If they overcook, then they ll loose their stability and your turds will spill out all over your smoker.


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