Bacon Weave Turtle (Fatties) and Animals

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Bacon Weave Turtle (Fatties) and Animals

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This is one of our signature recipes having been featured on KTLA-5 and won an award in the Canadian Championships in the Anything Butt category.

It’s a kid friendly recipe and you can get kids involved to make a stegosaurus, triceratops, millipede, etc.

  • Total Time: 1 hour 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 - 6 1x


Units Scale
  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, Regular
  • 1 pound Jimmy Dean Pork Sausage, Hot
  • 1 Pkg Hot Dogs
  • 16 oz Regular Bacon (don’t use thick version)
  • 2 tablespoons SYD Rub
  • Cayenne Pepper (optional)
  • BBQ Sauce


  1. Mix your favorite BBQ rub or SYD Competition Rub, about 2 tbs into 2 lb of the regular and hot sausage.
  2. Add some cayenne pepper if you like spicy.
  3. Add a couple squirts of your favorite BBQ sauce
  4. Mix thoroughly with your gloved fingers.
  5. Mound into the shape of the turtle body onto a sheet of foil or parchment paper.
  6. Lay out 5 strips of bacon (#1 to #5) parallel to each other on a sheet of foil or parchment paper.
  7. Weave the 6th strip 90 degrees to #1 – #5. It’s easy if you start from left to right and lift each of the #1 to #5 strips as you lay down the 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 10th strip.
  8. Pick up the foil and then flip the bacon weave and drape it over your sausage mound.
  9. Tuck excess bacon under the turtle body.
  10. Trim hot dogs for 4 legs, head, and conical tail.
  11. Make cuts for toes and mouth. Smoke 250-300 degrees for 1 hour until internal temp is 170 degrees.
  12. Cover with foil if it is too dark.
  13. Brush with your favorite BBQ sauce and let sauce set for 5 mins.
  14. Garnish with parsley and enjoy!
  15. You can add cheese, jalapenos, hard boiled eggs, olives, chopped onions, breadcrumbs, etc. to make the turtle your very own concoction!

  • Author: Harry Soo
  • Prep Time: 30 mins
  • Cook Time: 1 hour
  • Category: Appetizer
  • Cuisine: American

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