Another way to enjoy bacon....

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  1. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    What have we here?

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    Armadillo Eggs, with Reaper Jelly!

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    Armadillo Eggs are jalapeños with the innards removed, stuffed with a mixture of cream cheese and pork BBQ rub, covered in a layer pork breakfast sausage (the kind that comes in a one pound chub like ground beef), and then wrapped in bacon, and sprinkled with more BBQ rub, then cooked in the smoker for about an hour and a half.

    Excellent on their own, but even better with Reaper Jelly, which is made with a mixture of home-grown Carolina Reaper chilis, Habaneros (because if it was all Reapers, it would be too hot), pineapple, sugar, water and pectin. Reaper Jelly is also an awesome glaze for pork ribs.
     
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  2. OnceBitten

    OnceBitten Gold Member Gold Member

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    Feb 11, 2011
    Do I need an Alpha Regulator or can I still make these with only 3 of the OG Regulators?

    Please message me with an approximate recipe (the Reaper Jelly is a challenge for me).

    I'll prolly switch out the Cream Cheese for a Ricotta/Mozzarella/Romano mixture.

    Looks freakin' yummeh!

    :thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
  3. AntDog

    AntDog Gold Member Gold Member Basic Member

    Apr 3, 2001
    Cream cheese works so much better for something like this, trust me.

    I usually skip the sausage and just stuff the jalapeños with cream cheese and wrap with bacon.
     
  4. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006

    The bacon-wrapped stuffed jalapeños are really good too. Maybe better. They're also less work, and you (or I, at least) can eat a bunch of them without feeling gross. With the Armadillo Eggs, I think two is the limit for me, and one is probably the right amount.
     
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  5. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    They sure look good!
     
  6. Jerry Busse

    Jerry Busse Moderator Moderator

    Aug 20, 1999
    Those look amazing but the Reaper jelly is terrifying!!!

    I don't have enough scotch to put that fire out!!!!

    Let's Drink!

    Jerry


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  7. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    So let me get this right, you tone down the Reaper with Habanero? ... good god man..... :eek::eek::eek: .... Aside from that, those look incredible :thumbsup::thumbsup::thumbsup:
     
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  8. Amy-0

    Amy-0 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Mar 8, 2006
    John,
    Looks AWESOME!!!!!!
    I am having a family get together this weekend. I think I am gonna make a batch of those up (Maybe not the reaper jelly)LOL
    XOXO
    Amy-0
     
  9. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006

    Contrary to what you'd expect, the Reaper jelly is not really all that hot. Sugar dampens the burning effect of capsaicin, and the jelly is mostly sugar.

    But making it is dangerous. I wore nitrile gloves while cutting up the chilis, then washed my hands three or four times after I was done, and still when I rubbed my eyes an hour or so later, it burned for about a half an hour.

    Also, washing utensils that have come in contact with Reapers (or God forbid, the blender, when making hot sauce) has dangers of its own. Running water has a tendency to make atomized droplets of Reaper goodness go airborne, and it can be like breathing pepper spray. A relatively mild pepper spray, but still not at all pleasant.
     
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  10. MadMarkie

    MadMarkie Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 8, 2013
    Recipe or it didn't happen ;)
    Please!

    Toning down the heat with sugar or other complimentary sweetness is classic... the carrots vs habanero in Marie Sharp's hot sauce is my favorite example. With the burn reigned in, the more subtle flavors of the pepper come out, and most of them are exquisite!

    Those look and sound amazing! Haven't played with the reapers at all, but they do sound good. My girlfriend and I have used ghost and/or scorpion peppers in quite a few concoctions, and even alone... after which the habaneros seem like a nice, flavorful, medium pepper!
     
  11. Leonardo63

    Leonardo63 Gold Member Gold Member

    May 24, 2017
    I love those vids on YT with Chili Klaus, especially the one where he's conducting the orchestra and in the middle they all eat a pepper and then continue on playing- that is hilarious. I have a neighbor that likes the hot stuff. He and his buddy always chasing the Scoville units. His buddy ate a whole ghost pepper couple years ago - almost caved and went to the hospital but he toughed it out on the couch for about 5 hours thinking he was going to die.
     
  12. MadMarkie

    MadMarkie Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 8, 2013
    My "whole ghost pepper experience" was conducted on a mostly full stomach... and with an entire pint of ice cream and big spoon in hand (sweet and fatty both help, and besides... ice cream)! My lips felt as if they were going to melt like the opening of The Ark...

    ... but then they just went numb and all was much better :cool:
     
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  13. Private Klink

    Private Klink Gold Member Gold Member

    May 30, 2017
    Take care of your sphincter and it will take care of you!:D
     
  14. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    For the Armadillo Eggs, I used this recipe: https://www.meatchurch.com/blogs/recipes/armadilloeggs

    For the Reaper jelly, I started with this: https://www.food.com/recipe/pineapple-habanero-jelly-441782 and then substituted five Reapers for five of the Habaneros. The sugar really tames the heat, so next time, I'm going to try all Reapers.

    This was my first attempt at making jelly, and using the amount of pectin called for in the recipe gave me more a sauce than a jelly, which is fine for a glaze or to dip stuff in, but not what I was expecting. Even doubling the pectin didn't give me consistently jelly-like results.
     
  15. MadMarkie

    MadMarkie Gold Member Gold Member

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    Oct 8, 2013
    Thank you fine sir, I will try them out! My grandma made awesome jelly/jam.... I might have to ring up my mom and see if any of that proprietary intel was handed down....
     
  16. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Looks wonderful. However I am scared of reapers and habeneros. When it comes to hot stuff I avoid it like the plague. Leave out the peppers and I am all in.

    Garth
     
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  17. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    But if you leave out all the peppers, all you're left with is bacon wrapped cheese with pineapple syrup.
     
  18. Garth Reckner

    Garth Reckner Moderator Moderator

    Dec 13, 2004
    Exactly. How could that be bad? Sounds like the breakfast of champions to me. Or lunch or dinner, whenever.
    Garth
     
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  19. JohnTheTexican

    JohnTheTexican Gold Member Gold Member

    Jul 1, 2006
    Ah yes, Ohio cuisine. I know it well.
    And I was kind of expecting that response. ;)
     
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  20. Amy-0

    Amy-0 Moderator Staff Member Moderator

    Mar 8, 2006
    @John I made them this weekend and they were a huge hit!!!!!!
     

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