Ok, I admit it. I sometimes buy cheap steaks on sale. They make for a quick lunch. Since I work from home I can just toss them on the grill and in no time I’m chowing down. But let’s face it. Cheap steaks aren’t the same as not-cheap-steaks so I often add a bit of something to kick them up a bit. This jalapeno onion steak topping was so good I ended up making another batch to top some hamburgers later in the week. Sweet lightly-caramelized onions in a creamy sauce with just a little beat of jalapeno heat. Next time I cook up some hot dogs I’m going to make another batch of this jalapeno onion steak and burger (and hot dog!) topping. It’ll really crank up any grilled hot dog or smoked sausage. There’s not a tremendous amount of heat (the jalapenos mellow while they cook), so don’t be afraid that the topping is too hot. It’s quite mellow and packed with great flavor.
Sure, I’ve made ABTs (atomic buffalo turds) on my smoker before. They’re a great appetizer, great cook’s snack, and a great way to use up any free space you might have on your cooker when smoking ribs, pork, or whatever. These Hawaiian ABTs bring a really nice sweet twist to the classic recipe. Bacon and a bit of heat tamed by cream cheese and pineapple. Perfect! You can sprinkle the ABTs with your favorite rub before placing them on your smoker if you wish, but I’d do so sparingly. You really don’t want to hide the great flavors in these little morsels.
If you by chance end up with leftover ABTs the next day, chop them fine and use them as the filling for the best grilled cheese sandwiches you’ve ever had. Or add to the tops of hot grilled burgers. You’ll thank me.
12 Whole Jalapeno Peppers, sliced in half lengthwise
8 Oz Cream Cheese, softened to room Temperature
24 Slices Thick Cut Bacon
24 Small long Pieces of Fresh Pineapple, cut to be slightly smaller than the size of the split Jalapenos
Half the jalapenos leaving the stem.
With a spoon scrape out the seeds and veins, then rinse with water. NOTE: It is the seeds and the white veins that are the most SPICY. Remove as much as possible to make a milder version of this if you are serving a large crowd.
Fill each jalapeno half with cream cheese, making sure to not overfill past the rim.
Place a slice of pineapple in each.
Starting at the bottom, wrap each stuffed jalapeno with bacon, add a toothpick to hold it together.
Place ABT’s on the grill, indirect heat (Coals pushed to the side, peppers placed where there are no coals under the peppers.
Grill until bacon is crisp about an hour to an hour 15 minutes. They can easily be done in a oven. (Not recommended: you will lose that wonderful smokey flavor)
I love when locally-grown jalapenos are at their peak. That’s the time to go grab a few pounds to make quick pickled jalapeno rings. They keep in the pantry forever, always on hand for a pizza, sandwich, salad, burger… hot dogs… everything! You can use this recipe for other peppers too, so go to your farmer’s market at peak pepper time and grab a variety.
You could put boring ketchup on your hamburger. Or maybe some mayonnaise. Or you could slather on some Thousand Island dressing. Or, you could just skip all that and go with big flavor. Bold flavor. And kick. 18000 Island Dressing is truly 18 times more flavorful than Thousand Island dressing. There’s nothing boring about it, thanks to a healthy dose of chopped jalapenos. 18000 Island Dressing isn’t just for burgers either. It’s great on sandwiches, or our favorite, wraps. And hot dogs (if you haven’t tried mayonnaise-based sauces on your hot dogs you should, it’s a very welcome change from just using mustard). Anywhere you want bold flavor, it brings it.
We love deep fried mushrooms. And deep fried pickles. It was just a matter of time until we made deep fried jalapeno slices (called jalapeno bottle caps because, well, they’re shaped just like bottle caps). Oh my are we ever glad we did. These little bites are crazy good. They are not very hot but they do have a bit of a kick. If you’re leery of heat, fear not. They have great jalapeno flavor and a little crunch from the breading. I served them with a great, cool blue cheese dip. The deep fry mix in this recipe can be used for anything from mushrooms to pickles to jalapenos to shrimp. Make a batch and keep it on hand in an air-tight container.
I continue to be a big fan of Tim’s Cascade Style potato chips. They’re thick, crunchy, and full of great potato taste and these jalapeno-flavored chips are no exception.
Now, don’t get all worried. These chips aren’t hot. They taste like peppers, not mouth-scorching, tongue-burning spices. I like that. Too many jalapeno-flavored foods try to be super hot and have no flavor. These have the flavor (and might could use a bit more heat).
Grab a bag of these. You’ll be happy you did! I gave them a high score on our ‘Mater Rater scale.