Armadillo Eggs Recipe On Grill

Similar to a jalapeno popper meatball mashup, bacon wrapped armadillo eggs are portable enough to be served as appetizers, snacks, or tailgating food.

Armadillo Eggs

Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs πŸ”—

Bacon Wrapped Armadillo Eggs are like a jalapeno popper meatball mashup. Filling enough to be a main dish, but portable enough to make as appetizers, snacks, or tailgating munchies.

Prep: 20min

Total: 140min

Serving Size: 1 serving

Nutrition Facts: calories 658 kcal, Carbohydrate 26 g, Protein 24 g, Fat 51 g, Saturated Fat 20 g, Trans Fat 0.2 g, Cholesterol 121 mg, Sodium 1448 mg, Fiber 1 g, Sugar 17 g, unSaturated Fat 26 g, servingSize 1 serving


  • 1 pound pork sausage
  • 12 slices bacon
  • 6 jalapenos (stems, core, and seeds removed)
  • 4 oz cream cheese (softened)
  • 4 oz cheddar cheese (shredded)
  • 2 Tablespoons Homemade Sweet Rub
  • 1 cup BBQ Sauce


  1. Preheat your smoker to 250 degrees F. I used cherry wood for this recipe, but any other smoking hardwood would work (hickory, oak, maple, etc.)
  2. In a medium bowl, combine the cream cheese, cheddar cheese, and 1 Tablespoon of the sweet BBQ seasoning.
  3. Spoon some of the cream cheese mixture into each of the cored and seeded jalapenos. Use the back of the spoon to press the filling all of the way into the jalapeno.
  4. Wrap each jalapeno with 1/6th of the pork sausage. Use your hands to ensure the sausage is covering the entire jalapeno and roll back and forth into an egg shape.
  5. Wrap each sausage covered jalapeno with bacon. It will likely take two pieces per armadillo egg. Secure with toothpicks, if needed.
  6. Place the bacon wrapped armadillo eggs on the smoker over indirect heat and close the lid. Smoke until the internal temperature reads 165 degrees F. This usually takes around 2 hours, depending on the size of your armadillo eggs.
  7. If you want soft, bite through bacon, brush the armadillo eggs with BBQ sauce and serve immediately. If you want crispy bacon, brush the eggs with BBQ sauce and then increase the heat to 400 degrees and cook for a few minutes or transfer the eggs to a baking sheet and place under your oven broiler for 1-2 minutes. 
  8. Serve hot and enjoy!


What are armadillo eggs made of?

Armadillo eggs are made of cream cheese stuffed jalapenos that are wrapped in pork sausage and smoked or grilled. They are similar to the famous Scotch Egg and got their name because when they are wrapped in bacon they resemble an armadillo’s tough exterior shell.

Where do armadillo eggs come from?

Bacon-Wrapped Armadillo Eggs are a simple, low-carb Texas BBQ appetizer that are made with jalapenos, cream cheese, breakfast sausage, and bacon. It’s basically a jalapeno popper meatball wrapped in baconβ€”how can you go wrong? They’re brushed with BBQ sauce and cooked until crispy and delicious.

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