Smoked shotgun shells

Indulge in a flavor-packed journey with these Bacon-Wrapped Manicotti – Smoked, Stuffed, and oh-so-delicious!



  • Mixture
  • 1 lb Italian sausage
  • 4 oz Mozzarella cheese
  • 4 oz Cream cheese
  • 2 tsp Barbecue rub

Shotgun Shells

  • 12 Manicotti shells
  • 1 lb Bacon
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue sauce
  • 1/2 cup Barbecue rub


-.Set the cream cheese out until it’s room temperature. Shred the mozzarella cheese and set it aside until you’re ready to make the shotgun shells.

-Combine sausage, cream cheese, mozzarella cheese, and 2 tsp of the rub in a large bowl.

-Add the meat mixture to a disposable piping bag fitted with a large tip. Squeeze the pork mixture into the uncooked manicotti shells halfway.

-Turn the pasta tube around and fill in the other half. If you don’t have a piping bag, use any kitchen utensil that will fit, such as a mini spatula or spoon.

-Wrap the stuffed shells with bacon. Make sure you cover the entire shell with the bacon. You want the slices of bacon to go to the ends of the shells.

-Place the wrapped shells on a wire rack with a large sheet pan underneath. Apply a generous amount of your favorite rub. Make sure to cover it completely.

-Allow to rest for four hours to overnight.

-When you’re ready, set the smoker to 250 degrees Fahrenheit. Use your preferred choice of wood.

-Place the shotgun shells far from the heat source and allow them to smoke for one hour. After the first 30 minutes, turn the shells to guarantee even cooking.

-After an hour of smoke, turn the heat up to 350 degrees Fahrenheit for about 15 minutes to crisp up the bacon.

-Once the bacon has crisped up enough for your liking, apply your favorite barbecue sauce and continue to cook at 350 for about 15 minutes.

-Once done, remove the shotgun shells from the smoker and allow them to rest, setting up the sauce for about 5 minutes.

-Serve whole or cut into medallions.

Prep Time: 30 minutes | Smoking Time: 1 hour | Cooking Time: 30 minutes | Rest Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 2 hours | Servings: 4


Can I use different types of sausage for this recipe?

Absolutely! Feel free to experiment with various types of sausages to customize the flavor to your liking.

Is there a vegetarian version of this recipe?

While this particular recipe features meat, you can try a vegetarian version by substituting the sausage with plant-based alternatives and adjusting the stuffing accordingly.

Can I prepare the stuffing in advance?

Yes, you can prepare the sausage and cheese mixture ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to assemble and smoke the manicotti.

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