Anaheim’s are very popular in Southwestern US Cuisine. Also called “New Mexican Chile”. These were developed by Dr. Fabian Garcia in New Mexico about 100 yrs ago who was seeking a chile pepper that was bigger, fleshier, and milder.
They got the name “Anaheim” when a farmer named Emilio Ortega brought these seeds to the Anaheim area in the early 1900′s. This chile can be roasted and peeled and used in recipes or stuffed to make chile rellenos just as the Poblano Chile.
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
1 Tbsp Tiger Sauce
1 Tbsp garlic salt
1 1/2 Tbsp your favorite BBQ seasoning
2 tsp lemon pepper
Optional: 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded, veined, and minced
For the glaze:
1/2 cup your favorite BBQ sauce
1/4 cup honey
3 Tbsp butter, melted
Wash the Anaheim chiles and cut the stem ends off so that they are of equal length.
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 bowl.
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-high heat (about 300º).
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 halfway point.
Mix the glaze ingredients in a small bowl.
Glaze each chile on one side, turn, glaze the other side, and cook another 15 minutes.
Glaze and turn the chiles again, then cook another 10 minutes.
Remove and serve immediately. Enjoy.