Smoked Atomic Buffalo Turds (Stuffed Jalapeños)

Atomic buffalo turds are savory, spicy, and delicious and you are going to love them! 
atomic buffalo turds

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Look, I know the name is a little misleading. Atomic buffalo turds! But this recipe is definitely one you want to try out.

I’m not really sure where the name came from, but they’ve been around for as long as I can remember and have made many appearances on the BBQ competition circuit over the years. 

Essentially, it’s a smoked jalapeño popper but with a bit of smoked sausage stuffed inside to take it to the next level.

Atomic Buffalo Turds

Ingredients you’ll need

  •  Jalapeños 
  • Cream cheese
  • Smoked pork sausage
  • Bacon
  • BBQ rub

Equipment you’ll need

  • Smoker
  • Wooden chopping board
  • Knife
  • Spoon
  • Wire rack

How to make Atomic Buffalo Turds

1. Prep

To prep your jalapeños, you want to chop off the end with the stem attached, then slice it down the middle lengthways. 

jalapenos on a wooden chopping board with ends being cut off
scraping seeds out of a jalapeno half with a spoon

Use a spoon to scrape out the seeds and stems.

I highly recommend wearing gloves because jalapeños can vary in spice level. 

Cut the smoked pork sausage into quarters.

a whole smoked pork sausage being cut on a wooden chopping board
Cutting smoked sausage into quarters

Cut each of the quarters into quarters lengthways.

pieces of smoked pork sausage on a wooden chopping board
You want to have pieces of sausage around 3″ long to fit into your jalapeños, so you may have to cut your sausage differently depending on its size.

2. Assemble

a hand holding half a jalapeño stuffed with cream cheese

To assemble your ABTs, fill each jalapeño half with cream cheese.

jalapeño half with cream cheese and smoked pork sausage

Add a piece of sausage.

the start of wrapping a jalapeño in bacon
a wrapped jalapeño in bacon

Wrap the whole thing in bacon. 

a rack full of bacon wrapped jalapeños

Place them on a wire rack or jerky tray and sprinkle on a bit of your favorite BBQ rub.

atomic buffalo turds with bbq seasoning on a wire rack

Then they’re ready to hit the smoker. 

3. Smoke

Preheat your smoker to 250°F.

You can cook these on just about any grill or smoker you like, but I really prefer to smoke them to add extra smoky flavor that takes them to the next level.

I love to use my Grilla Grills OG. It’s a smaller pellet grill that packs a major punch when it comes to flavor! 

I used the Bear Mountain Gourmet BBQ pellets for this recipe, but any pellets that you have should work just fine.

atomic buffalo turds on a wire rack in the smoker

Once your grill is preheated, you can place the ABTs directly on the grates or use a wire rack to make them easier to handle.

They take about two hours to cook, but start checking them around the one-hour mark. You want to watch the bacon, and when it’s fully cooked to your liking, they’re ready to enjoy! 

a wire rack full of cooked atomic buffalo turds
cross section of an atomic buffalo turd

4. Serve

When you’re ready to serve these up, you can just enjoy them on their own, or you can serve them alongside your favorite barbecue sauce. I personally like to serve the sauce on the side so my guests can dip to their heart’s desire. 

a atomic buffalo turd being held in the air

If you haven’t tried it yet, our Smoke Kitchen Sweet BBQ Sauce is a great, all-purpose barbecue sauce that tastes great on recipes like this and all of your other favorite BBQ recipes. 

Spicy appetizers

Here are some more of our favorite spicy appetizers:

atomic buffalo turds

Smoked Atomic Buffalo Turds (Stuffed Jalapeños)

Jalapeño halves filled with cream cheese and smoked pork sausage, wrapped in bacon, and smoked on the pellet grill.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 30 minutes
Servings: 8
Calories: 537kcal
Author: Breanna Stark



  • Preheat your smoker to 250°F.
  • Remove the tops of your jalapeños, slice them in half lengthways, and scrape out the seeds with a spoon.
  • Slice a link of smoked sausage into quarters. Cut the quarters into quarters. You want pieces about 3” long to fit into your jalapeño.
  • Fill each jalapeño with cream cheese, then place a piece of sausage on top and wrap the whole thing in bacon.
  • Sprinkle on your favorite BBQ rub and transfer them to a wire rack.
  • Smoke them for 2-3 hours until the bacon is crisped to your liking. Serve immediately alongside BBQ sauce.


Calories: 537kcal | Carbohydrates: 9g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 47g | Saturated Fat: 18g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 19g | Trans Fat: 0.2g | Cholesterol: 107mg | Sodium: 1125mg | Potassium: 301mg | Fiber: 3g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 484IU | Vitamin C: 11mg | Calcium: 50mg | Iron: 1mg
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