The viral armadillo egg is a bacon-lover’s dream

A recipe for a bacon-wrapped “armadillo egg” went viral on TikTok, and it’s a mindblowing, meaty masterpiece! 

The recipe was posted by Texas-based TikToker, Meat Like Mike (@meatlikemike), and it has over 11 million views.

Armadillo eggs, which don’t actually contain eggs, are “classic Texas BBQ,” according to Mike. Made with jalapeño, cream cheese and meat, armadillo eggs have similar flavors to jalapeño poppers, which are a popular dive bar bite. But there’s a reason Mike’s recipe went viral… just look at these things! 

The first step in making Mike’s armadillo eggs is cutting off the ends of jalapeño peppers and removing the insides before boiling them for about 5 minutes. 

Next, fill the peppers with cream cheese all the way to the top. Wrap up the peppers in a 50/50 blend of pork sausage and Italian sausage, and seal them up nice and tight. The next step is the moment you’ve all been waiting for: wrapping the whole thing in bacon! Mike recommends using two strips of bacon per egg to make sure the entire thing is covered. 

To cook these bad boys, you can either smoke them for a couple of hours until the bacon is nice and crispy, or you can use an oven. If you’re using an oven, Mike reccoments cooking them at 400°F for 45-60 minutes. 

Once cooked, it’s time to cut inside for the cheesy, meaty reveal that’s had the internet buzzing. 

“Slicing into these is like the heavens opening up,” said Mike. You can say that again! 

To top it all off, if you’re feeling a little saucy, Mike recommends adding a BBQ sauce glaze before you dig in. 

For all the vegetarians who want to roll with the armadillo trend, you can find recipes online for veggie versions of the dish, some of which use vegan sausage and meat-free bacon bits to capture that meaty flavor.  

If you’re in the mood for a BBQ treat that’s equal parts spicy, meaty and cheesy, then what are you waiting for?! Get cracking on some armadillo eggs! 

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