One of my all-time favorite appetizers is the smoked armadillo eggs and I am going to show you how to do them in 3 different ways.

Perfect for serving while you’re waiting on the ribs, brisket, or pork shoulder to get done and folks will go nuts when they bite into it and realize that the inside is hot and creamy and oozes out with every bite.

These are usually served as appetizers but are robust enough to also serve as a main course with a couple of sides if you’d like to. Goes great with eggs and toast for a breakfast your guests will be talking about for years to come!

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 Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 1 to 1.5 hours | Smoker Temp: 225 F | Meat Finish Temp: 165 | Recommended Wood: Hickory or Mesquite

Making the Stuffing

Start out by making the mixture for the stuffing.

Combine 8 ounces of cream cheese with about 3/4 cup of shredded cheddar cheese. You can use more cheddar if you want it to be more cheesy.




Stir in about a tablespoon of my rub to give it that kick that you expect and just the right amount of seasoning.


Preparing the Jalapenos

  • 8-10 jalapenos

Cut the stem off of the jalapenos, slice them in half lengthwise then remove the seeds and ribs.



Version 1: Stuffed Jalapeno Wrapped in Sausage

Stuff about a teaspoon or so of the cream cheese mixture into the hollow of each pepper


Press 1 pound of the sausage out onto a non-stick surface


Lay one of the stuffed jalapenos onto the sausage and lightly cut a piece of the sausage big enough to wrap around the jalapeno.


Wrap the sausage around the jalapeno forming it into an egg shape as you go.


Roll the eggs in a plate of my rub making sure they are well coated on the outside.




Version 2: Diced Jalapeno Mixed with the Cream Cheese (my personal favorite)

Dice about 1 cup of the jalapeno.


Mix the diced jalapeno in with the 8 ounces of cream cheese, 3/4 cup of cheddar and 1 tablespoon of my rub. Feel free to adjust the amount of jalapeno according to your preference.


Form a bit of the mixture into something sort of golf ball sized. Place the ball on one edge of the pressed out sausage. Cut enough sausage to wrap around the ball.


Wrap the sausage around the ball of mixture and form it into an egg shape.

Roll the armadillo eggs in a plate of my rub making sure they are well coated on the outside.



Version 3: Scotch Eggs

This version does not use the cream cheese but is a hard boiled egg wrapped in sausage.

Flatten out the sausage onto a non-stick surface until it is 1/8 to 3/16 of an inch thick and lay the egg on the sausage. Cut enough sausage to wrap around the egg.


Wrap the sausage around the egg.


Roll the scotch armadillo eggs in a plate of my rub making sure they are well coated on the outside.


Prepare the Smoker for Cooking

These do best at about 225 degrees with plenty of smoke the entire time you are cooking. Set up your smoker and get it preheated so that it is maintaining the optimum temperature.

Smoking the Armadillo Eggs

Once your smoker is purring along at 225 degrees F, place the armadillo eggs directly on the grate or use a Bradley rack directly on the grate.

Make sure the smoker maintains this temperature for about 1 to 1.5 hours depending on the thickness of your sausage and keep the smoke going for the entire time for best flavor.

I used hickory but there are a great many types of wood that go well with these including but not limited to mesquite, pecan, cherry, apple and almost any fruit wood.

You are looking for the sausage to reach 165 degrees but due to the way these are made it is almost impossible to get a good read on the actual temperature of the sausage wrapped around these eggs.

Once the eggs reach a medium to dark brown, they are finished and ready to eat.

You will also hear the sausage sizzling.


Stuffed jalapeno version finished


Diced jalapeno version finished


Scotch egg version finished


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6 Comments on this article. Feel free to join this conversation.

  1. Tim September 21, 2013 at 8:52 pm - Reply

    Jeff, these are AMAZING!!! Thanks for sharing. I cheated though, I didn’t use your rub. Is it included in your book? I’m going to order it.

  2. DarthClem August 25, 2013 at 8:25 am - Reply

    I made variation #2 last night.  Simply fantastic.  I think if I tried #1, I'd need to buy at least 2 lbs of sausage, as the jalepenos in my garden are huge (usually 3" long and 1" in diameter).  I'm also looking forward to trying the Scotch eggs.  I've done them before in a fryer and found them to be more greasy than I like — I think smoking may be just the answer!

    Regardless, I see myself doing some form of smoked egg on a regular basis.

  3. Sean August 19, 2013 at 9:30 am - Reply

    I made these two weekends ago with some smoked wings for the start of preseason football.  Wow were they good!.  The 2nd variant was the best.

    One request.  An article on homemade smoked sausage.

    Love the site.  

  4. Trauts August 12, 2013 at 8:10 pm - Reply

    Jeff, I made you're Armadillo Eggs (version 2 – your favorite) this past weekend and I gotta tell you them bad boys were awesome! Best new thing I've tried in a while. My wife loved them as well. Big hit and I'll definitely be making them again soon! Thanks for the recipe. 

    PS – love your rub too! Keep up the great work!


  5. Liz August 11, 2013 at 9:22 pm - Reply

    Made the country style ribs and armadillo eggs today and they were fabulous!  Your instructions are dead on and result is just as promised!  Thank you for a great site for smoking recipes!  

  6. Steve Wanless August 8, 2013 at 8:42 am - Reply


    Thank you for removing that annoying subscription pop-up! Love your newsletter and your recipes!


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