1 coil of sausage
1 pack of thick cut bacon sliced in halves
Barbecue Original Rub
Cream Cheese Filling (makes about 14)
1 Block of Cream Cheese
3/4 cup Shredded Cheese
1 diced jalapeno pepper (add more to increase spice level)
1 tbsp. Barbecue Rub
Making the pig “shot glasses”
To get started making your pig shots you will want to begin by gathering your ingredients together. Once you have everything together, begin preparing the “shot glass” by slicing your coil of prepared (cooked) sausage into 1/2 inch pieces. Next take a half strip of bacon and wrap it securely around the sausage then inset a toothpick through the bottom of the bacon and into the sausage. You now have a bacon shot glass!
Cream Cheese Filling
Next, it’s time to mix together the cream cheese filling that will be on the inside of the bacon shot glass. Start by adding 1 block of softened cream cheese into a medium sized bowl and add in your shredded cheese, diced jalapenos, and lastly your BBQ rub to season with. Once everything is in the bowl, mix well to incorporate all the flavors. If you are feeling more adventurous you can add anything to this mix or add more jalapenos or hot sauce to give it more kick! Once you have the filling to your liking, place it into a zip lock bag and cut the corner around the same diameter as your shot glasses then pipe in the filling into the bacon shot glasses. Lastly top the pig shots with Barbecue Rub for added flavor. NOTE: This filling recipe makes around 14 pig shots. Double filling recipe if needed.
Once your pig shots have been prepared, it’s now time to set up your grill using indirect heat cooking between 275F-300F. This can be done on any grill. Once your grill is up to temperature, place the pig shots onto the grill opposite of the fire. Next add in a small piece of your favorite hardwood then close the lid and begin cooking for 60 minutes. After 60 minutes your smoked pig shots should be almost done. At this point you are going to want to open the lid to look at the crispiness of the bacon. For some it may be perfect, for others who like it more crispy continue to cook until your desired crispiness. Once that point has been reached, apply a drizzle of BBQ sauce to the top of the pig shots (do not use a brush) then close the lid and continue to cook another 5-10 minute to allow the sauce to set in. Once done, remove from the grill and let cool for a few minutes then dig in and enjoy!