Armadillo Eggs and Sea Turtle Eggs

April 16, 2014

Looking for the perfect appetizer to kick off your next backyard bash?  Today we’ve got grill master extraordinaire Chris Grove of with his unique take on the sausage wrapped, cheese stuffed jalapeno dish formerly known as armadillo eggs.

armadillo eggs

Armadillo eggs and sea turtle eggs

Did you know that an armadillo can grow as large at 132 pounds?  I do only because my son Trevor had to do a research paper on the armadillo a few weeks ago.

Anyway, when I first started trying to learn about barbecue 10 years ago, I heard about Armadillo eggs.  They are a jalapeno (or jalapeno boat) de-seeded, stuffed with a cheese mixture, wrapped in sausage, seasoned with rub, and then smoked for an hour.  It’s kind of like a spice Scotch Egg without the egg.

We LOVE ABT’s but since the jalapeno in Armadillo Eggs is wrapped in sausage, it doesn’t cook as much.  That leaves it spicier and not as tender.  So if you like spicy, make them as Armadillo eggs.

My family likes a milder version that uses a diced jalapeno/cheese stuffing.  Because they turn out round, we call them Sea Turtle Eggs.


Sea Turtle Eggs

Source:  Nibble Me This

Serves:  Makes one clutch of sea turtle eggs



  • 1 lb Jimmy Dean Sage Breakfast Sausage, cut into 10-11 slices
  • 1/2 cup cream cheese*
  • 1/2 cup shredded colby-jack cheese*
  • 2 jalapeno chile, de-seeded and finely diced
  • 1 1/2 tsp Draper’s AP rub or your favorite BBQ rub (divided)


  1.  Preheat a charcoal grill set up for indirect heat to 250f.  Add a chunk or two of cherry, hickory or whatever smoking woods that you have on hand.
  2. Mix the cream cheese, cheese, jalapeno and 1/2 tsp of BBQ rub together.
  3. Place about 1 tsp of the cheese mixture on each slice of sausage.  Pull up the edges of the sausage and seal, forming it into a round, golf ball sized “egg”.
  4. Season your “eggs” with the remaining 1 tsp of BBQ rub.
  5. Smoke the “eggs” for about 90 minutes.


  • I used whipped cream cheese…new to me, that stuff is awesomely good.
  • Feel free to sub any other cheese.


armadillo egg

This an armadillo egg being made

sea turtle eggs

Smoking with cherry wood. Armadillo eggs in front, Sea turtle eggs in back.

Grilled armadillo egg

Don’t panic if you get a few ruptures.

grilled sea turtle egg

Sea turtle egg cut open, armadillo egg in the rear.

Related Topics: Armadillo Egg Recipe | Armadillo Eggs | Chris Grove | Editor's Pick | Editor's Picks | Fatties | Fatty | | Sausage Wrapped Jalapenos | Sea Turtle Egg Recipe | Sea Turtle Eggs | Smoked Armadillo Eggs | Smoked Fattie | Smoked Fatty

User Guidelines