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Traeger Smoked Shotgun Shells

Traeger Smoked Shotgun Shells

Shotgun Shells are the newest Traeger craze and how can you go wrong with pasta, sausage, bacon and cheese?! It's an appetizer - it's an entree - it's a hand-held meal that will have you wanting more!
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Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 2 hrs
Total Time 2 hrs 30 mins
Course Appetizer
Cuisine American
Servings 14
Calories 441 kcal



  • Par-Boil manicotti shells for 4 minutes. Remove from water, drain and rinse with cold water to stop cooking. This softens them so they won't be so chewy when you eat them. 
    14 manicotti shells
  • Mix together sausage, cream cheese, shredded cheese and ricotta with a hand mixer - be sure sausage and cream cheese are room temperature
    1 lb bulk pork sausage, 4 oz cream cheese, 1 cup cheddar cheese, 1 cup mozzarella cheese, 1 cup ricotta cheese
  • Fill manicotti shells with sausage mixture. 
    TIP: spoon filling in one end half way to the middle of the manicotti - then flip to the other side and fill  
  • Tightly wrap a single piece of bacon around the manicotti shell. It is best to stretch the bacon first so it is long enough to wrap and cover the entire shell. Place the wrapped shells onto a cookie sheet with a rack on top.
    1 lb bacon
  • Sprinkle BBQ Rub over top of all shells - turn and cover all sides. 
    2 tbsp Historic BBQ Red seasoning
  • Place pan of stuffed, wrapped shells into fridge for 2 hours or even overnight to help the shells to soften a little more. 
  • When ready to cook, set Traeger to 225ºF.
  • Once at temperature, place shells onto the grill grates. Smoke for 2 hours or until the bacon starts to get crisp. 
  • During the last 10 minutes, brush BBQ sauce onto the wrapped shells before removing them from the smoker.
    1/4 cup Williamson Bros. BBQ sauce


**We are not dietitians and recommend you seek a nutritionist for exact nutritional information. The information in the nutrition box are calculated through a program and there is room for error. If you need an accurate count, I recommend running the ingredients through your favorite nutrition calculator.**


Serving: 1shellCalories: 441kcalCarbohydrates: 18.4gProtein: 26gFat: 28.2gSaturated Fat: 10.6gCholesterol: 80mgSodium: 1213mgPotassium: 362mgFiber: 0.7gSugar: 2.3gCalcium: 98mgIron: 2mg
Keyword smoked, traeger
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