I love smoked appetizers.. maybe as much as any other part of the meal and one of my favorites are the stuffed jalapeños which I am redoing in this newsletter to show you a variation or two on my previous recipe from the last newsletter I did on smoked appetizers and party foods.

I'm getting hungry so let's get started!

Pig Candy

Smoked Pig Candy

Traditional pig candy is simply bacon coated with a mixture of brown sugar and cayenne but I (of course) took it a step further and used my rub on it first for that “kick” then once that settled in real good, I sprinkled brown sugar on top of that. Let's just say that it got lots of compliments from my testers. I did  try some the traditional way and then some my way and everyone agreed that the kind with my rub + the straight brown sugar on top was the bomb!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 2 hours | Smoker Temp: 225 F – 240°F | Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
Recommended Wood: 50:50 Oak/Apple Mix

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Place bacon on cutting board and sprinkle some of my original rub (purchase recipe here) on it. Once the rub gets a wet look to it, generously sprinkle brown sugar on the bacon. If you have Bradley racks, I recommend laying the bacon on the rack before adding the rub and brown sugar to minimize “fall off” of the brown sugar.

Pig candy preparation

Place the bacon on a cookie sheet or Bradley rack and place in a 225°F smoker for about 2 hours.

Allow candy to cool before eating.

Pig candy almost done

Note: it will get more crisp as it cools.

Pulled Pork Scoops

Pulled Pork Scoop

I have not come up with a really catchy name yet (feel free to help out with this) but you have to know that I have received rave reviews on these bad boys and they are just perfect for games, parties, get togethers or just about any time.  The corn chip scoops are perfect for holding fillings and while you can obviously use your imagination on these, I like to use pulled pork for a filling with a little sauce and jalapeno on top. My wife was using leftover cream cheese from the ABT's on top of these as well so maybe there's an idea..

Prep Time: 10 minutes | Cook Time: 45 minutes | Smoker Temp: 225°F
Recommended Wood: Hickory


Place a small bit of pulled pork down in the scoop and squirt some of my barbecue sauce (purchase recipe here) on it. Place a jalapeno slice on top and you're good to go. Place the scoops on a Bradley rack or a cookie sheet and into the smoker for about 30-45 minutes at 225°F.


  1. You could put some shredded cheese on top of the jalapeno and let it melt down over it to hold everything together.
  2. I saw my wife putting a dab of the cream cheese mixture from the ABT's onto the top of the chip before eating it, great idea!

These are easy to put together, in and out of the smoker in no time and a great appetizer for the smoker.

Dragon Tongues

Smoked Dragon Tongues

This is something that I've seen from time to time online and in multiple places so I don't know who the originator is. It's almost too simple to have such a fancy name. but.. folks love 'em so why not try these at your next event or party!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Smoker Temp: 225°F | Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
Recommended Wood: Apple


Lay 1/2 strips of bacon on cutting board.

Bacon onto cutting board

Sprinkle on some of my original rub (purchase recipe here).

Sprinkle on some rub

Roll up as tightly as you can.

Rolling it up All rolled up

Sprinkle more rub on top and then lay down a mean bead of my barbecue sauce (purchase recipe here).

Bead of sauce

Smoke these for about 3 hours or until they are crispy.

Bacon Wrapped Sausage Links

Bacon wrapped sausage links

These are a great smoked appetizer but can also be a great thing to serve at breakfast when you don't want your guests to have to choose between bacon or sausage. Give them both!

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cook Time: 2 hours | Smoker Temp: 225 F – 240°F | Meat Finish Temp: 160°F
Recommended Wood: 50:50 Oak/Apple Mix


Lay sausage link on cutting board and sprinkle some of my original rub (purchase recipe here) onto all sides of it.

Wrap a half piece of bacon around the link and sprinkle on more rub.

Lay the wrapped sausage link onto a Bradley rack or cookie sheet.

Place in smoker and cook for about 2.5 – 3 hours at 225°F.

Bacon wrapped sausage links

Atomic Buffalo Turds (ABT's)

Atomic Buffalo Turds ABT's

ABT's are one of my favorite appetizer and I make these quite often even if there's not a party or event going on. They are easy to make, fairly quick to put together and about 3 hours into whatever else you are cooking, snacks are ready to eat.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Cook Time: 3 hours | Smoker Temp: 225 – 240°F
Recommended Wood: Pecan

  • Jalapenos or Mini sweet bell peppers for the kids (I like to do some of each)
  • 8 oz box of cream cheese, softened
  • 1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
  • Bacon (cut into half slices)
  • Jeff's original rub (purchase recipe here)

Make cream cheese mixture by putting cream cheese and shredded cheddar in a mixing bowl and combining the two ingredients with a fork until it is well mixed. Add about 1/4 cup of my original rub (purchase recipe here) and stir that in well.

Set the cream cheese mixture aside.

Cut peppers in half and clean out the seeds/veins.

Pepper cut in half and cleaned

Fill pepper boats with the cream cheese mixture.

Fill pepper halves with cream cheese mixture

Wrap half piece of bacon around center of pepper and lay them onto a Bradley rack or foil pan.

Ready to smoke

If you are not using a Bradley rack, place the peppers directly on the grate. Smoke peppers for 3 hours at 225°F.

Note: If you cannot find the mini sweet peppers in your location, you can tame jalapenos by soaking the cleaned halves in Sprite® for 2-4 hours depending on how tame you want them. The longer you soak, the more mild they become.

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