Here's a recipe from a long time ago that I just realized that I never posted.
A few months ago I ran across an intriguing recipe for Rattlesnake Sliders
The story behind them stuck with me and emerged in a brainstorm this
I was at the store and tried to remember as much as I could of the recipe
for the filling. In the end, I wound up with something a little different, but
the basic inspiration is still there. Thanks, Rebecca.
In short, these are Anaheim peppers stuffed with a combination of ground
turkey and spicy pork sausage, wrapped in bacon, smoked, then glazed
with a mixture of barbecue sauce, honey and butter. They are sticky
sweet, with just a touch of spicy goodness.
12 whole Anaheim chiles, as straight and round as you can find
12 slices Standard (thin sliced) bacon
1 lb Ground turkey, 85% lean
1 lb Hot breakfast sausage (I used Jimmy Dean brand)
1 Tbsp Tiger Sauce
1 Tbsp Garlic salt
1 1/2 Tbsp Your favorite BBQ seasoning (of course I recommend mine
2 tsp Lemon pepper
1 Jalepeno chile, seeded, veined and minced (optional)
1/2 cup Your favorite barbecue sauce
1/4 cup Honey
3 Tbsp Butter, melted
Wash the Anaheim chiles and cut the stem ends off so that they are of
Cut a long V-shaped sliver out of one side of each chile. Start at the cut
end, about 1/4" wide and end about an inch from the tip. The intention is
to get them to open enough to seed, de-vein and stuff.
Remove the seeds and veins from each chile.
Mix all of the remaining ingredients, except the bacon, well in a large mixing
Roll a tapered cylinder of the stuffing and fit it into the chile, packing it
loosely from the tapered end up. You want it full, but not overflowing.
Wrap each chile with one of the bacon slices. Starting about 1" from the
cut end, tuck the end of the slice between the inside of the pepper and
the stuffing. Stretch it around the pepper in a spiral pattern moving toward
the other end (not overlapping). Tuck the other end in the tapered end of
the chile, just as you started. It should leave you with about an inch of
chile exposed at each end.
Start your fire and prepare for indirect cooking at medium heat (about
Add one small chunk of fruit wood (apple or cherry) to the fire about 10
minutes before adding the chiles. Wood chips soaked for 30-60 minutes will
work well, too. If you're using a gas grill, make a smoker pouch
Dust each wrapped chile lightly with the seasoning.
Cook the chiles indirect about 1 hour and 15 minutes, turning once at the
Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
Glaze each chile on one side, turn, glaze the other side, and cook another
Glaze and turn the chiles again, then cook another 10 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately.